There is a sign of life from the garden.
I planted cherry tomatoes at the beginning of winter. Most of them that were transplanted to my hydroponic setup died - tomatoes do not take well to having their roots disturbed.
Two that were transplanted survived, three others that were branches clipped and stuck in dirt all survived and are now in the support lattice, and the two largest ones are now flowering after not being transplanted.
There are also some signs of fertility in the smaller plants. These are tiny sprouts on the branches which will flower and become tomatoes - hopefully soon.
Winter is not over. The sun is getting hotter as the days go by, but it is not warm every day. Today started out at 52 degrees.
I ran out to grab some photos of the flowers that I had noticed. I was okay in a t-shirt but had to put on my jacket when I went out to the post office. We don't have snow here but there is this annoying in between time were you carry your coat over your arm but only from three o'clock till fivc o'clock, and only on the sunny side of the street.
Here is another promising fruiting branch. I only saw four but I will be checking daily to make sure I pollinate them in case the bees miss them.
They are not that easy to spot, being under the leaves. Some of them point downward and you might not even notice them unless you are looking for them. Once I saw the first one (cover), I did start to look for them.
Based on my experience and the timing of these flowers, you could start expecting flowers right when the main stems start to darken. The change when they get about the size of pencil shafts. Last year, I had full size tomato plants and tried to tie them off to poles but rain sometimes knocked them down and broke the stems.