Looks like I'll be waiting a while for spring flowers. The weather has been about 10 degrees below normal for the last month. A plant blooming now in my garden is Mahonia (above). This shrub has an unusual attractive flower that will produce small blue berries about the size of a pea. The shrub itself is gangly (below). I planted it about 20 years ago. It's about 6 feet tall and is reaching for more sun. I've staked it in an attempt to keep it vertical but that didn't work. Eventually I will move it to an area with less shade.
It's not the picture perfect shrub that you see in nursery magazines but over the years I've gotten comfortable with its leggy looks. It does have two redeeming qualities. It blooms in winter and tolerates dry shade.