The month of February is well known for it’s snowdrops, but also flowering now and for the next month or so, are the beautiful hellebores. They come in such a variety of colours and shapes these days, you must see them in flower when you buy, then you know exactly what you are getting. They haven’t enjoyed the frosty mornings that we have had at times during February, but once the temperature rises, the stems come back to vertical and the flowers look beautiful once more. This photo was taken last year, I don’t have enough flowers out on each plant yet to be able to cut some to bring indoors!
Lots of buds here, should look good in a week or so. This is one where about 3 crosses have been made to produce a wonderful plant.
Here we have one that was flowering long before Christmas and I was worrying that it wouldn’t flower again at the proper time, I needn’t have worried, it was determined to join the party!
A lovely tiny double hellebore with tiny flowers in proportion with the plant.
A very large single whose flower doesn’t hang demurely but stares straight at you, the jury is out on this one, I think I prefer them to be a bit more demure and not so large!
Just a bit longer to wait to see the beautiful double flowers of this dark plum / almost black hellebore, so beautiful.
This is one of half a dozen seedlings bought from Denman’s garden a few years ago. The flowers are just plain pink but it is forming a lovely sturdy plant.
Cream or pale yellow flowers show up well in dark corners of the woodland.
I think the anemone centred hellebores are my favourites, love this one with its white flower and burgundy centre.
The spotting on these petals is very attractive.
The species, H. argutifolius has been planted in a sunny spot in the woodland as it comes from the hillsides of Majorca, it seems happy!
Double pink, I seem to have rather a lot of pink ones!
Spotted ones are very attractive, no matter what colour they are.
Some have more spots than others.
But plain simple ones are still beautiful, don’t you think?
They are all beautiful and so welcome at this time of year when most other plants are hiding from the weather.
My absolute all time favourite, just look at that central ruff, just like an Elizabethan dandy!
Very pretty, very dainty, lovely flower.
This one has a double white inside, but is pale pink on the outside, very pretty indeed.
There are so many combinations of colour, spotting, doubles or singles, picotee or anemone centred, that we are spoilt for choice, how do you choose? You have to choose for yourself, no good asking someone else to buy them for you, that would be like arranging a blind date! Hellebore time is with us once more, so let’s celebrate by buying a couple more for the garden!