Thursday, March 14

Hanging on in there?

The hellebores have been worth their place in the garden this year, they have hung on in through the poor weather and flowered their hearts out.


Even now they are putting on quite a display. They don't seem to be dependent on the sunshine in order for the flowers to open.

Other plants have sulked in the dull conditions.
Although the snowdrops have had masses of buds we haven't really had the display that they usually provide with flowers buds for the most part remaining resolutely shut.
In the brief bursts of sunshine we have rushed out - camera in hand to capture that brief moment of glory!


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

26 comments:

  1. You're right, the hellebores have been lovely this year. Even though mine were only planted last summer they've flowered well.

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    1. They seem to like the conditions far better than we have Bilbo

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    2. Just looked and found that I took the first photos of the flowers opening on 5 January - not a bad length of flowering.

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  2. It's good to have plants which will do their thing even when there's no sign of the sun. My snowdrops have been keeping tight shut too, such a shame.

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    1. Isn't it Jo? - I always look forward to the snowdrops!

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  3. The more I look at your hellebores the more I want to have one :) They're so beautiful and they flower so early.

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    1. They are Dewberry and there are far more varieties than I have.

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  4. I had the chance to purchase Hellebores at the weekend but didn't, I wish I had now. Yours look amazing and certainly a splash of interest during what is otherwise a very boring month in the garden.
    No snowdrops either :( Both those plants must be the staple plant for most gardens and yet I have neither lol. Have to rectify that I think.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Linda

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    1. The bed with hellebores and snowdrops are right outside one of our windows to enjoy when we don't want to be outside. It's under a magnolia tree so has the sunshine before the leaves grow and shade the area. There are more photos of this area on my webiste here

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  5. They are beautiful! I is snowing here in Croatia today and all snowdrops and hellebores are bent under the weight of that wet snow...

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    1. Your poor flowers Vesna. On a morning our hellebores are often bent to the ground by the frost and cold but spruce up during the morning.

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  6. I am coming to love Hellebores more and more they really are good value for money - have you ever tried to dig a clump up and split them - I wonder if you can? Each year they seem to bring out some lovely different varieties - I especially like the double one of yours.

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    1. I haven't tried splitting, Elaine but I've read that you can. Ours self seed and produce babies but none have flowered yet as we haven't had them too long. They certainly provide interest when there is little else but to devote an area of the garden you have to have somewhere that you don't mind them resting in during summer. As it is nothing much would thrive under the magnolia when it is in full leaf so it's an ideal plant for this part of our garden.

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  7. You've got some lovely ones there. The ones in the first picture are beautiful. We've got a few plants and they do well every year, one of the few things the rabbits don't eat!

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    1. Fortunately we don't suffer from rabbit attack, Debbie.

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  8. What a beautiful collection of hellebores you have. I think they are invaluable in the garden, though mine here are weeny. Shame about the snowdrops, but the clumps look very healthy.

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    1. Hellebores are invaluable,Janet. They seem to grow fairly quickly

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  9. I do love to see the snowdrops out. I don't have any in my garden though so hadn't noticed they only opened with the sun!!
    Here's hoping it starts showing it's face more often!!

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    1. I love them too Tanya and we saw a little more of them yesterday. They always look lovely when the sun (remember that?) shines on them - they seem to glow.

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  10. Do you know, I have never thought much of Hellebores until now...they look beautiful in your photo. I think it must be because you have loads of plants together and i'm just used to seeing the 'odd' one planted here and there.

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    1. They are lovely en masse Janet and in this position I don't mind having just the leafy cover in summer

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  11. What a gorgeous display! I love your photos of snowdrops too, mine tend to just come out as white blobs, you've really captured the details. I think I'm the only person who's been unsuccessful with hellebores this year. Mine not only did nothing, but then they disappeared. I think they were in totally the wrong place. My neighbour's are a bit leggy so perhaps it's a local thing? Everywhere else though they've just been stunning! I was admiring them at Harlow Carr yesterday.

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    1. I wonder whether your hellebores were hit by a disease, Anna - did they go black before disappearing?

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  12. Hellobores does seems to be enjoying herself this year. Gorgeous.

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  13. Love your Hellebores, they look stunning all together in the bed with the snowdrops. I'm getting more and more as they do seem to do well in my garden and don't seem bothered at all about the cold winter we've had.

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