The earliest part of spring can be a true delight or a great frustration in the Pacific Northwest. This year, a great frustration. It seems as if the sun will never come out, however... without fail the charming Hellebores always appear. They are delicate looking and very hardy. This year they poked their heads up out of the cover of leaves that I hadn't been able to remove and reached upwards. Their heads have been loaded down with rain and this weather has probably lessened their "show", but nonetheless they are here, giving me cause to smile and look forward to sunnier and drier skies.