The first was a beautiful yellow-bloomed witch hazel tree (Hamamelis). It's one of the earliest to bloom in late winter/early spring.
The flowers have these squiggly little petals and gives off a sweet, delicate scent.
Here is a close up, from Wikipedia:
Another early bloomer is the lovely and delicate Snowdrops (Galanthus). These are just about to open:
The name Galanthus means "milk flower" in Greek. The petals, when open, face downward and when in a mass, looks like a light covering of snow.
Where the snow has melted, I see a few shoots of crocus and daffodils. Soon my landscape will be a riot of color. Soon!