Hellebore heaven

I could not be happier. This has been a marvelous season for hellebores. After a typical late December start to their flowering season, mid and late season bloomers have come on weeks early. I could not care less that flowers last until April. I’m bored of them by then, as trout lilies (Erythronium) and trilliums begin their display in the woodland, but I can spend a full winter’s day appreciating the many differing hellebore forms as they flower across much of the upper half of the garden.

In addition to the splendid old timers purchased over a decade, several seedlings have reached the flowering stage. While many seedling blooms are indistinguishable from the parents’, a few are glorious (above and below), tucked beneath spring flowering camellias where the few will soon be moved to more prominent positions.

This area of many hundreds of seedlings has proved too damp for the long term, but it seems ideal for growing youngsters to the flowering stage. There are somewhat drier areas where hellebores thrive, so the best will be moved into prime positions where they’ll be seen more easily. My awful memory regularly loses track between purchased hellebores and seedlings, but it is unlikely I’ll forget these few.

A hellebore that appears to be one plant has three different colored flowers. It must be three, clumped tightly together. In this instance, all the varying flowers were lovely, but not exceptional.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. They are beautiful!

    1. Dave says:

      Since I’ve discovered a few beautiful seedlings, I’ve lifted nearly every flower in the garden to discover more beauties.

  2. Betsy Wlls says:

    I can’t imagine ever being bored with hellebore flowers. If they bloomed all year long, I’d be happy.

    1. Dave says:

      When only sepals remain, the flower color loses some vibrancy. While I enjoy flowers through every month, I want a change. I plant few annual flowers so the garden changes regularly.

  3. Bonnie C. says:

    I envy you so many different lighter colors. I have just three Hellebores – Heritage Strain, mixed – that I purchased online several years ago on sale, & while they’ve grown & performed beautifully, all three turned out to be a very deep, dark plum color (so much for “mix” – lol!) that you can barely see since they bloom downwards & underneath the leaves. They’re lovely, but disappointing in the display department.

    1. Dave says:

      I suspect the number of mature hellebores in the garden must be approaching two hundred. There are flowers that are nearly white and black, and everything in between. This is as mixed as it can be.

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