Last fall a friend divided his Echinops (Globe Thistle) and gave me 10 divisions.  About half of them are already showing green. Echinops leaves March 25 2015

And all the Malus (Flowering Crab) in the orchard made it through the winter.

First Malus leaves spring 2015 20150324_125118

I did two winter-thaw waterings and Wiltpruf antidessicant and BobbexR rabbit repellant.  (All of which may or may not have helped, but didn’t hurt)