Here are two winter blossoms.
The flowers on the right are hellebores. They usually bloom in January,
so they make a pleasant surprise, especially when the ground is covered
with snow. They don't just bloom in the Northwest, a few years ago we
noticed them blooming in Madison Square Park in New York City.
One of the foremost hellebore nurseries is located on the Olympic
Peninsula. Heronswood Nursery
is not far from the car ferry in Kingston, and they have a wonderful
winter garden full of hellebores and other winter blooming plants.
The flowers on the left, enlarged a bit in this photograph, are
rosemary. That's right, the familiar herb. Rosemary is a tough plant
with its resinous leaves, and it blooms in the winter, even when there
is snow on the ground.
Unfortunately, rosemary doesn't make a great floral display. It tends
to lose its leaves, though you can save them and use them in cooking.
The biggest downside is that it smells like good cooking, so it tends
to encourage any craving for pasta with red sauce.