After waiting for the sun that the weatherman promised, I gave up and went outside. Looking outside right now is pretty depressing. I decided I would find some of my "winter interest" that I've slowly been adding the last couple of years.
First, are the still somewhat small sarcococca (sweet box). It's an evergreen shrub that I've planted a row of along our deck. It's setting it's buds right now. They open in early spring and give off a very sweet smell.
Right now they are covered in these purplish black berries. The only downside to me is that the berries are poisonous.
Next, is the viburnum 'Spring Bouquet'. Another nicely scented, evergreen shrub that also produces small blue berries that the birds enjoy. It has been a fairly fast growing shrub, I think it should get to be around 6 feet.
Last is the pieris japonica 'Purity' that I planted last summer. I dug a new flower bed to put it in (isn't that what you do when you run out of space?). Pieris is so pretty in bloom, fairly common though out here in the Pacific Northwest. It's full of buds now and I can't wait to see how it looks in bloom.