The only thing that makes winter worthwhile: Helleborus niger, and in particular, 'Jacob'. The blooms make their first appearance at Thanksgiving, and if the weather stays cold, they stay in good shape for several MONTHS. It's the only reason I hope for cold weather. If it warms up, the flowers fade to dusty rose and green. In the shade, the leaves flop more and show off the flowers (above). More sun and the leaves hide the flowers (below). Delightful either way.