There are those plants whose coming I really look forward to. We have a dogwood tree at the river house. The previous two winters have been so cold that the flower blossoms did not make it. This past winter was quite mild, and the dogwood blossoms made it through the winter.
Why do I like them? We had dogwoods trees in the yard when I was growing up. The blossoms always seems so fragile. In the fall we would have red berries to add color to the other autumn colors. After college I lived in the mid-Atlantic states and the dogwood and red bud trees would grow native as under-story trees, adding the first hints of color in the Spring.
My other favorites are trillium. I would find them on sunny riverbanks on Otter Creek in Vermont and in the woods along quiet country roads. I see them about here in the Finger Lakes. Our river house has a few of them in one of the flower beds.
I look forward to seeing these old friends year after year.