As I was walking down the path to the drive, I came upon these lovely ladies in full bloom.

These are the moments I treasure as a gardener. During the growing season I tend to appreciate beauty but look through it. Today as I discovered these gems, I took time to marvel at their beauty. Our warm up over the past few days apparently excited many living beings. From the ground to the air everything inhaled the sweet warm spell. I was mesmerized by a flock of cardinal yesterday in the cedars, annoyed at some gnats in the atelier and now thrilled at the snow white blooms of these hellebores in our garden. They were certainly an unexpected surprise on this January morning on my way to the atelier.