At this time of year the snowdrops are the main flower in the garden, spreading nicely under all the trees and shrubs. But they are not in the garden by themselves, forming splashes of colour amongst them are the hellebores and other early flowers. Over the years I have managed to collect quite a few, and lost a few I might add, and they certainly add their charm to the February garden. Standing proudly tall, except when it is frosty, when they then collapse onto the soil, once the temperature rises, up they stand again with their flowers full of pollen, ready for any passing bee that might be out foraging.
Please excuse my hand holding the flowers up to be photographed, I’ll have to think of a better way to hold the flowers up while photographing them.
There are so many different colours, shapes and sizes, pointed petals, round petals, anemone centred, single , doubles etc., such a choice on offer at the garden centres and nurseries. I don’t think you can have too many hellebores as the foliage also contributes to the garden for the rest of the year.
Some, especially some of the doubles are still in tight bud, but the hellebores are bringing much needed colour to the shady parts of thegarden and they contrast so well with the snowdrops that are planted around them. There have been a few days lately when I have seen bees buzzing in the woodland, so they should have been able to find plenty of pollen to take back home with them.
Which plants do you have to welcome the bees to your garden or are you still covered in snow?