Which compelled me to investigate further... and here is what I found among the winter's detritus of an ignored yard:
new shoots on an ancient rose that we transplanted last fall and I had assumed totally bit the dust
and my spindly little apple sapling, which is establishing itself from the roots of an old, mistreated, slightly damaged fruit-bearing apple that I had removed a couple of years ago!
you can *kind of* see the buds on the branches, though one of the drawbacks of these digital point-and-shoot auto cameras is that it doesn't always focus on what YOU are focusing on!
Now it's just a matter of waiting for the next dry day that ideally is over 50°F to do a little clean up around these beauties!