hardy little buggers. I also found some tulips and daffodils breaking ground. And the unmistakable red buds of the peonies.
I divided my two peonies last fall (one pink and one white - both came with the house). Having never dug/divided a peony, I really didn't know what to expect. I had heard that they could be difficult to get out of the ground. That was an understatement! It took me over an hour to dig one and at least 45 minutes to get the other one out. I divided and gave some to friends, replanted others, and potted up a few more in the hopes they'd make it through the winter. So far, so good. I think all of them survived, and the ones in the pots are showing buds, too. Hopefully they'll flower this year. I'm not sure I'm expecting them to, but I'd certainly miss the lovelies if they didn't. I also planted three new ones that I purchased last year - so far I can see buds on one (the one I'm most excited about - a very deep burgundy red), no buds on a yellow one yet, and a white/yellow-centered one is still covered with snow. I have to trust that Mother Nature knows what she's doing - we're supposed to get an inch of rain tomorrow before it changes over to snow! Sounds like it's going to be a soggy mess - and it's certainly not good for the flood forecast. But I have seen signs of life, so I shall not be defeated today!