A great day in March

hellebore with ant

It is a great day when I can see a flower AND an insect AND work outside without my coat… This little ant was crawling all over the same early-bird hellebore that was in the last post. Helleborus niger, the Christmas Rose, is an evergreen perennial in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). It flowers here in mid-March, along with these little bulbs —Galanthus, the Snowdrop, and Eranthus , the Winter Aconite, also in the Ranunculaceae. Galanthus, snowdrop flower

eranthus, winter aconite flower

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