Progress on the roses. I feel relieved. I've started on the climbing roses, which I always leave for last. The worst for last.
The Corsican Hellebore, Helleborus argutifolius, was what this was labelled, but I'm not entirely sure. Why is it pale yellow instead of pale green? And why does it stink? Getting up close for a photo I met a skunky smell. The plant sat for nearly two years doing absolutely nothing. A couple of months ago it finally started to grow, which is just fine. I wasn't in any more hurry. Neither apparently was the Hellebore.
It is shaded by Acer palmatum 'Oshio Bene' most of the time, except for now when the maple is almost completely bare. Acer palmatums are not speed demons, either.
It's lovely not to be in a hurry. When the pruning is done, when the last Cercis stump is out and all the plants that need moving are moved, when the weeds are pulled and the beds are raked and the mulching is completed, then I won't be in a hurry anymore. Spring can take its own sweet time, and so can I.