The rose bush (seen pictured above in front of the house) looks like a gaunt old dying plant, but it is still putting on its winter disguise of being in hibernation. The rose bush (plant) actually is getting new growth of strong beet red stems. It probably wouldn't hurt to give it a good trimming though. ;-)
Another welcoming plant in the backyard is ironically a weed "chuckle": the chickweed. It grows under our hawthorn tree in a large patch: great for picking. I love to chop chickweed finely and steam along with chopped spinach for a quick and easy side dish; I like to add apple cider vinegar during serving.
I also made an EtsyBlogger's Treasury going along the Blog Carnival theme of "first sign of spring"; it is titled Spring Forward!