Photographs of plants that show signs of initial growth bring feelings of comfort.
This is especially good inspiration as we prepare for another arctic cold-snap here in the Portland metro-area.
Leaf Phenophases: Initial growth
(Forb) New growth of the plant is visible after a period of no growth (winter or drought), either from above‐ground buds with green tips, or new green or white shoots breaking through the soil surface. Growth is considered “initial” on each bud or shoot until the first leaf has fully unfolded. For seedlings, “initial” growth includes the presence of the one or two small, round or elongated leaves (cotyledons) before the first true leaf has unfolded. (https://www.usanpn.org/files/shared/files/USA-NPN_Phenophase_defs-report_FINAL.pdf)