We’ve definitely got a hellebore on our hands. Which species is the question. I’m not sure if our translucent beauties are the same species as the new ones that popped up right in their vicinity, but these are definitely fresh and healthy. Here’s a pretty pair (with a bit of Boo for scale):
They’re so new they’re still covered in earth!
Our neighbors down the street have a whole bed full of them. They’re really quite lovely.
I’ve got a ton more photos on Flickr, including some much better views of our young pair.
I’ll keep an eye on them and see if they turn sort of clear at the end of their life cycle. In the meantime: which species do you think they might be?