Mardi Gras was yesterday so that means Lent starts today and in addition to thinking about giving up not excercizing that made me think of one of my favorite flowers, the Lenten Rose (Hellaborus orentalis).
They are evergreen, about a foot and a half tall and wide, and bloom very early in spring. I planted a whole bunch of them in the back yard a couple of years ago and cannot wait until they bloom. However, I am pretty sure whoever named them "Lenten Rose" lived somewhere that has a shorter winter than Michigan because they show no sign of blooming anytime soon.
Then again, I heard bids chirping this morning and Lent is 40 days long so you never know.