Thank goodness for the Balkans and China for propagating my favorite late winter-early spring flowering plants, the Hellebores.
Some people call them winter roses, Christmas Roses, or Lenten Roses, but they are not members of the rose family. I can't remember exactly when I first saw them, but I'm sure it was after I moved to the Mid-Atlantic area from Chicago many years ago.
You can usually tell how mild winter has been by how soon they bloom. Since the Hellebores in my garden are just putting on their show in March and not in January, that may explain why I am especially glad to see them finally strut their stuff.
The particular grouping pictured must really like their location, since they have been self-seeding for many years now in their shady location under a large yew bush. And they do get me motivated to get out and clean out all the leaves that have accumulated around them during the winter because I think they deserve a tidy bed!