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28/02/2008


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HELLEBORE - Scandal

What is it about hellebores that all of us seem to love? If you are not sure, just look at the picture above to see. These beautiful plants will bring colour into a very dull winter picture. My step-mum bought me the above plant for my birthday in 2006, helleborus 'Red Lady'. I remember a nice healthy looking plant but with only a couple of insignificant buds, so I planted it and pretty soon it disappeared from above, only to be forgotten. Have any of you planted a plant half expecting to never see it again? At the time this is what I thought, so imagine my surprise when I came back from being away to find this little beauty, looking not only healthy, but flowering so well too.



The hellebore above is the first I ever bought. I chose this particular plant because the flower was a beautiful yellow colour, which over the years, seems to have faded to more cream.



Above is a Corsican hellebore. This variety has become quite large in my garden, so remember to plant in a large space. The flowers last for months, infact I end up cutting the plant back when it starts to look bedraggled, as it tends to swamp other plants growing alongside it which appear later in the year.

10 comments:

Cowboys & Custard said...

What a gorgeous collection Louise.. I love hellebores too and yes indeed .. I planted one last year that I thought had gone for good.. only for it to return this winter with the most beautiful flower.. a streaked red on white..unusual for a hellebore.
You seem to be quite a connoisseur of these plants and I am sure they look fabulous in your garden.

I expect to be seeing you in your garden a lot more now you are a lady of leisure!!

Love
Michelex

Flighty said...

Mmm I'm really not that keen on them myself!

VP said...

You're lucky Louise - mine always succumb to that horrible black leaf spot disease that Hellebores can get. I'll just admire yours with envy if you don't mind...

nikkipolani said...

Louise, I love the rich colours of that first hellebore. I planted one last year, but it hasn't come up yet. It may not have survived.... How lovely to see them thrive in your garden!

Becca said...

I wonder if they would survive in our horrendous mid west winters? These are truly beautiful flowers.

Lesley said...

They're gorgeous!!! Although we don't yet have any of these they are definitely one of my favourites all those lovely colours they come in. Must have been a nice surprise when you got home. :-)

Joanna said...

What wonderful hellebores, I was so pleased when I found the house we bought last year had a helebore in the garden. Not so please to find it tangled with ground elder. I left the hellebore had in in an isolation ward for a bit and have replanted it in the front garden. I thought it would not survive but it has flowers not many leaves, so fingers crossed for next year.

Daisy's said...

Hellebores, along with Toad lilies are my favorites. They are so exotic looking to me. Lovely photos.
smiles~
Darly

farmingfriends said...

I have a cream hellebore but your purple one is lovely. I think they are a real beauty in the garden.
Sara from farmingfriends

sheila said...

A friend of mine bought me one for my new garden in November, and in a weird-but-cool coincidence I was reading The Christmas Rose story to my kids sometime in December, and when we got to the part where the rose is blooming, it suddenly occurred to me that they were talking about the Hellebore. So we all rushed out and there it was, blooming away madly. Now we all love them.