In the late winter or early spring, is there any plant with more ephemeral beauty than the Hellebore?
Granted, you have to stand on your head to see some of them, but according to many yoga practices and Martha Stewart, inversion is a good way to refresh the body and relieve stress.
So is this.
I am still waiting for another one, ‘Honeyhill Joy’ to bloom. It will be yellow/white against dark green foliage. So far, it’s all foliage, because it is a young plant. I’m also waiting on two more I’ve ordered from Heronswood, ‘Ivory Prince’ and ‘Phoebe.’ After I paid a premium for these, I saw that one variety, ‘Ivory Prince’ was now available at Lowe’s. I’m listing the name of the box store so that anyone local who wants an ‘Ivory Prince’ Hellebore will run on over there and get it. Please do.
I’ve sworn off buying plants for Lent, although I’m very tempted. I’ll live vicariously through you. It’s the store on 2nd and Bryant in Edmond. Go ahead, you know you want to.
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Wow, that first Hellebore is just gorgeous. Love the edging.
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My hellebores finally started to open over the weekend, and this morning I’m going to cut a few individual blossoms to float in a glass bowl. A non-yoga way to enjoy them 😉
The dark edge on Ballerina is so pretty and I think that one would look great in a pale-purple bowl.
Hellebores are fantastic. I just brought home several additions to my new hellebore garden. Ivory Prince (Home Depot) was my first one, it started it all.
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Lovely photos – thanks for sharing them. I also paid a premium for a couple of these plants from Heronswood. I bought an unnamed hellebore from Lowe’s last year, too. I just love them all! – VW
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I am hooked on hellebores since being given some last year. I plan on adding to my collection.
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Wow…that first hellebore is gorgeous! Mine aren’t even close to blooming yet. They’re just now coming up out of the ground, but it does look like I’ll get some nice blooms eventually.
Such beautiful blooms … I wish I could see them in my own garden. Ah, well. Such is life.
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I have a deep purple one that is beginning to open up right now. It’s a bit ‘droopy’ but it’s coming along. I really want to acquire more of them, too!
That first one is so outstanding! I like the name you call them, perfect for this time of year.
Oh, I just love these Hellebores / gittan
Gittan, you should be able to grow a lot of them in Sweden, probably in sunnier areas.~~Dee
I love the Ballerina mix. I just bought the Blue Lady and it’s starting to bloom. I love hellebores!
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Me too, Catherine. I feel another obsession coming on.~~Dee
Your hellebores are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers with us!
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Mr. McGregor's Daughter
Ballerina strain is beautiful! I’ve never seen anything quite like that. Your ‘Blue Lady’ strain looks a lot like my ‘Pink Lady’ strain. I just love Hellebores.
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MMD, from observing me three ladies, I would say the lady group closely resemebles each other. The blue is slightly bluer. As for Ballerina, all of them are different because they are a mix.~~Dee
Hellebores are indeed heavenly … and Lent is tough! Weak and spineless, I would surely succumb to your first stunning photo of Ballerina 🙂
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Hi Joey, Lent *is* tough, but it’s also good for me. I need to head on over to make some of your fish chowder for next Friday. 🙂 ~~Dee
Dee … can you hear me sobbing right now girl ! My poor hellebore (I think it is Blue Lady ) is so sad looking I almost didn’t post the picture .. BUT … I know it will spring back to life and look gorgeous by the time all of you are having your flowers finished .. I’m never going to be on time with you southerners !! LOL
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Hi Joy, that’s why we read the northern gardening blogs. Because when it’s so hot here we dare not tread outside, we get to enjoy your spring and early summer flowers. Smell the warmth on the air? It’s our good wishes that spring is truly on its way.~~Dee
Hi Dee, my goodness gracious that Ballerina is like nothing I have ever seen! What a beauty. My poor hellebores have no names, unless I decide to name them, but each one is slightly different. No wait, I take that back, I bought Blue Lady last year and was given Red Lady for Christmas. You are so right, there is nothing else like them. And cheers for the Lowe’s heads up. And HA for your sending people with the directions too. That is some vicarious plant buying! 🙂
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Frances, I say you name the others according to your own whim. Every plant in the Ballerina Mix is different, but they all have edging or spots.~~Dee
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Your hellebores are lovely Dee. How you got yourself to give up buying plants for Lent I can not figure. Your are pious. tee hee…
Lisa, tee-hee is right. I’m not pious at all. I just knew this one would hurt. Stuff will be coming in the mail, and it’s helped my pocketbook.~~Dee
I love your hellebores. I only grow white ones, but your colors may change that. You are right about having to stand on your head to see them. That is the only down side of hellebores.
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Oh, Jan, surely there’s room for all the colors . . . .~~Dee
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I fully agree: hellebores are the most precious flowers during spring! Yours are just lovely!
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I love Hellebores as well. Interestingly my yellow speckled one is quite a way behind my purple ones
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Helen, so is mine. Maybe the yellow ones bloom later?~~Dee
Ballerina Mix is so delicately beautiful with that purple edging and dark middle. I love them all and would dearly love to have them in my garden. Perhaps the dirt in my garden is thawed enough now with our warm-up so that I can dig around and find my tiny specimen today.
There was no sign of any Hellebores in our Lowes last weekend. I wonder if they’ll get any in. Meanwhile I’ll just enjoy yours and others I’m seeing around blogland. Thanks for sharing them 🙂
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Kerri, it is probably too early there for your nurseries or even the box stores to have Hellebores. I was frankly shocked to find them at our Lowes. First time ever.~~Dee
Dee, They are beauties…and Ballerina Mix is delightfully so! I bought a yoga mat to use in the garden! One needs to recline in the cobra pose to photograph some flowers! Then after you’ve strained your back…turn over to go into Child’s pose for a great stretch;-) Three new hellebores have joined the C&L Hit Parade…Golden Lotus, a double yellow; Ivory Prince and Silvermoon, which has pewter leaves and a flower that it white then pinkish as it ages. The choices are wonderful now. gail
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Gail, I laughed at your yoga poses. I take a class on Tuesdays, so I knew exactly what you were saying. I would love to see a real photo of what ‘Silver Moon’ looks like. Perhaps, you will post one this spring?~~Dee
I agree, hellebores are such wonderful lovely little gifts nature gives us to help chase away the winter blues.
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Sheila, they are the witch hazels, pansies and violas.~~Dee
Hellebore is very beautiful. I need to make a note to try and find them here. How come I’ve never seen them around?
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Blossom, I don’t know. They’ve only begun to be more available, and I, for one, am so glad. I’m seeing them more and more in local nurseries. However, once you’re hooked you’ll want to checking nurseries like Digging Dog and Plant Delights. They both have lots of Hellebores.~~Dee
Now, giving up plant buying for Lent is almost as bad as saying you’re giving up flowers for Lent. It’s spring! How can you resist the nurseries? 😉
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Yes, Pam, I thought your post was funny in light of my own Lenten promise. 🙂 I just try not to go to the nurseries. Now, before you feel too sorry for me, I ordered several things before Lent which will arrive throughout. I only have to get to April 12th. It is difficult though. What was I thinking? Chocolate would have been easier.~~Dee
I just bought my first one a few weeks ago! Don’t recall what the shade of flower will be. I have it potted now. I need to figure out how big this is going to get. Already lost the tag to it. I’d never heard of these until bloggers started mentioning them. They are so beautiful!
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Brenda, they don’t get very tall, but it should get around two feet wide eventually. They also make a lot of babies. You’ll get great seedlings.~~Dee
You’ve sworn off buying plants for Lent? Hmmm…maybe I could do it for you.
I’m enjoying seeing the irises you gave me coming up, thick. Thank You!
Hi Curtiss Ann. Yes, I did. I tried to think of something which would really get my attention this Lent. Well, it has. 🙂 ~~Dee