Weerobin wrote: We\'ve been in deep freeze for the past month like most of the country but a remarkable January thaw the last couple days - temp in 60\'s today. Persistent snow cover \'til 2d ago, now no sign of it. Quick yard survey shows a couple guys already eager to get the spring parade started. Under the melted snow, a cute clump of snowdrops right by my front door starting to come up - bloom already visible. And my out-of-control Helleborus foetidus is starting to bloom - though the blooms are peculiar at best. I couldn\'t find even the faintest sign of life in my other hellebores, which will often be blooming by now in a milder winter. It felt great to do some light yard clean up after being cooped up for a month or more. Obviously the warmth isn\'t likely to linger too long, but I enjoyed it while it was here.