In the last days, the garden has shown encouraging signs of spring. Chives and other early herbs have started to send out light green shoots (such as the lambs ears in the lower right of this photo).

The tips of irises (pictured), tulips and other early flowers are peeking out of the just-thawed soil.

Small signs of life that show many plants, bushes and trees survived this very harsh winter, and Spring is in the air.

The growing season will start soon in the garden, and the Green Thumb GrowTogether conference for all NYC gardeners is scheduled for April 2, 2011.