Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, February, 2015

Right now, out in my garden, it's all Hellebores all the time, everywhere.

I remember when Hellebores first started appearing in the mail order catalogs that I received, with common names of Christmas rose and Lenten rose. I was living in Massachusetts then, and the idea of flowers at Christmas or Easter was mighty tempting. I was a relatively novice gardener then, and actually believed that I might have flowers coming up in the snow of a Northeast winter. Hah! I didn't realize that those bloom times only applied in more temperate climes. Like where I'm living now, the Pacific Northwest.

So, with apologies to my friends and family who are getting continuously dumped on by snow at the moment, here, for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, are my Hellebores on parade.
















Helleborus orientalis 'Charlotte'

Helleborus orientalis 'Charlotte'











The only one whose name I'm absolutely certain about is 'Charlotte.' It's hard to mistake that enormous flower for anything else. Pardon my fingers in so many of the photos. I grow a lot of the nodding kind of Hellebore, because despite the fact that you have to lift them up to get a good look (or a good picture), they are so much prettier than the ones that hold their heads up on their own. I do have a few other flowers blooming out in the garden, but nothing as spectacular as the Hellebores.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Carol at May Dreams Gardens is our host for Bloom Day, so check out her link here.

22 comments:

  1. Great Hellebores pictures. I love the first one, the yellow. I also cannot remember all their names and I have so man Hellebores from seed.

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  2. Wow, so many different kinds of Hellebores!! they are all beautiful! I can´t find as many kinds in Spain, I wish I could. But I enjoy seeing these.

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  3. I love the light pink one with multiple rows of petals in pictures nine and ten. I had snowdrops in January but currently nothing is blooming. Perhaps I need to plant some Hellebores! :)

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  4. Hellebores on Parade -- an apt title. They're beautiful. I think they do not thrive much here, so I will enjoy yours.

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  5. Oh. you do have some great beauties! I love hellebores too.

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  6. Marvellous. I've got a way to go to catch up with your collection but I've made a start. The second one down is just beautiful.

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  7. Fab Hellebores certainly take centre stage in your garden at the moment Alison!

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  8. Beautiful collection Alison..!

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  9. I was already salivating over hellebores when reading Peter's post and yours has only deepened my envy. I've got some on order but they won't be delivered until late March so no blooms are likely this year - sigh...Happy GBBD Alison!

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  10. I am frustrated by Hellebores. They are fabulously beautiful seen head-on, but their shy, nodding habits mean that a helping hand tipping their faces upward is needed to truly appreciate them.

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  11. These are all amazing! I am quite jealous... :)

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  12. Oh my gosh they are beautiful, and what a collection you have.

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  13. Wowsers! Amazing, Miss Alison. Just stunning.

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  14. Your doubles look wonderful, Alison, I want to get one this year, I was afraid maybe they would be disappointing like all the silvery-leaved ones I bought the last 2 years that had outward-facing flowers. The double with the magenta edges is so pretty and full!

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  15. These are so beautiful. Winter is so hard on ours.

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  16. They are gorgeous. That first yellow one is fab as is the double white with purple edges and well all of them. Incredible how many there are. I never tire of them!

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  17. You have lots of beautiful hellebores! I like some of the upright-flowered ones, but I agree with you that the nodding ones are more graceful and usually prettier.

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  18. I am glad Alison someone is getting nice weather and blooms....coldest day of the year today and a record low....love all the hellebores.

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  19. Wow - you have them all! So lovely... I agree - one can't have too many!

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  20. I absolutely love them. I need a yellow one in my life. I only have two varieties in the garden, but my girlfriend brought me one the other day to plant in memory of our beloved Maddie girl. It could not have been a more perfect gift.

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