I spotted these Dutch Crocuses (Crocus x hybridus) in the welcome garden at Taltree Gardens and Arboretum this Monday. They must have opened up over the weekend. They are a welcome burst of color in the spring garden.
A more subtle flower is coming up through the leaves over in the Oak Island beds. This is a Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger 'Double Fantasy'). Hellebores are more of a gardener's garden flower. They don't have the show stopping display of brightly colored tulips, but they do have a complex flower structure that inspires the consummate gardeners to get their cameras out and scrawl down the name to make sure they find some for their garden.
I was sure excited to see them yesterday.