With apologies to my readers still living in winter. If votre pays est l'hiver maintenant, you will not want to read further. You've been warned.
When I got back from my run, I grabbed my camera and strolled through the yard. Around the front, I was delighted to find this wee flower. Based on location, I'd say it's the first of the omphaloides cappadocica my mom gave me eight or so years ago. As is the brunnera macrophylla, the omphaloides is quite similar to myosotis (forget-me-not), but it's blooming much earlier than either. Here's a hellebore blooming fresh-and-white against its green foliage, but notice how unhelpfully all the blooms face downward!
I wasn't willing to lie on my belly on the other plants to angle the camera correctly and keep my eye at the viewfinder, so I tried a few shots with the camera doing the work on its own, just trying to get the lens lined up correctly to catch these gorgeous red freckles.I have several white-flowering plants that I think are H. niger, as well as some deep burgundy ones I showed you a week or so ago, and I'd forgotten about this pink one until my stroll this week -- I'm looking forward to it opening up more soon.and, of course, these pale green blooms of what I'm pretty sure is H. argutifolius (as in the topmost two photos above). I especially love the architectural leaves and branches of these and the interplay of the several greens.
And in case you're curious, my shopping queasiness was overcome this weekend. More later. . .