For weeks in winter, the world is gray, brown, white, beige. Blossoms have become only a memory,and the birds have stopped singing. Finally, one day, something magical happens. Against all odds, a few brave plants open their charming blooms—much to the delight of our flower-starved eyes. Merlin Hellebore is one of those marvelous plants. Before the frost is out of the ground, it is sending up sweet pink flower buds over dark evergreen foliage. The blossoms start out in a pleasing mix of ivory and pink, aging to a deep, dusky rose color. They would be lovely at any time of year, but are incredible in late winter!