"For, lo, the winter is over and past,
the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land..." The Song of Solomon, 2: 11-12
Spring is weeks away yet, of course. It is still cold, with nearly a month of Ontario winter ahead of us. But the snow has melted and revealed the bare garden, bleak but promising, with a garden sprite peeping out from between the flower pots.