Here are the two I bought on Saturday.
|The buds on this one start out really dark.|
|The color lightens as it opens, but it's still such a pretty dark red from the back|
|Inside is pretty too, with that dark red collar around the stamens|
|This second one has very frilly petals and a darker picotee edge|
|The frilly petals are pretty even from the back|
After I had finished planting my cedar, I decided to make the rounds of my gardens and photograph the many Hellebores that I already have growing here. I don't know the names, I'm afraid. Some of the tags are well buried near where they're planted, and others have been shoved in a drawer somewhere.
|Like a ballerina's tutu|
|I'm partial to freckles and frills|
|More freckles, sorry the photo is so blurry.|
|I wish there were more pretty Hellebores that face upward. Some do, but the really frilly, colorful ones all seem to still be the type that face down.|
|Sometimes the reverse side is quite pretty|
|But inside is really stunning!|
|I still haven't cut back the old foliage to show off the flowers better.|
|More frilly tutus|
|I like the very dark, almost black ones too.|
I've heard they can self-sow quite a bit, but I don't think I've ever seen a seedling in my garden. Of course, I do have a tendency to be a very conscientious weeder, so it's possible I pulled seedlings out thinking they were weeds.
Do you grow Hellebores? Which do you like best? Have you ever seen seedlings? Don't you agree that at this time of year they are hard to resist?