I can't pretend this is any way a decent picture - the wind was blowing and there was a lot of glare - but I put it up as proof that our Hellebores (Helleborus × hybridus) or lenten roses are blooming now.
We have a mass planting of hellebores in our shade garden, courtesy of my husband who grew several dozen from seed a few years ago. Normally, they bloom in April, but as there are few signs of winter here in the Great White North (southern Ontario, Canada), they've been tricked into early budding and flowering.
Let's hope they reserve some flowering for spring. Also putting on a bit of bloom are a few small Euphorbia polychroma.
Where are the snows of yesteryear? Bring 'em on, please!
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