It seems to me that those extra few minutes of sunshine each day signal the coming end of winter. While it is still cold, the gloom of winter is slowly giving way. Besides the snow drops that were blooming last week the Mahonia buds are opening too. I've got four different varieties and all are in various stages of bloom. This first one is a couple of years old and about 2 feet tall and spread, it should double in size as it matures. The second is a 15-20 year old a leggy variety about six feet high.