I cut back the old, tattered foliage on all the hellebores so I could see the new buds and flowers more closely. Some are already opening, others are looking very ready--
|Helleborus x ballardiae 'Pink Frost'|
|Helleborus nigercors 'Green Corsican'|
Still others, just starting to form buds.
|Hellebore 'Gold Finch' (will have pinkish spots when fully opened!)|
The H. niger has been blooming since November and buds and flowers from all stages continue to hang on...a very interesting hellebore.
|Hellebore 'Niger' (flowers from November, December and January are still hanging on)|
Even now, this same hellebore variety continues to form new buds
|Opening bud of H. niger|
Now that I've cut off the old foliage the buds will be more exposed to the cold weather that is headed here again in the next few days...but hellebores are tough plants and will withstand just about whatever comes there way. (Except overly soggy, wet conditions--with lack of drainage. In those cases, they might begin to rot and not do well). Hellebores are native to Europe...so no, they are NOT native to North America. However, they are wonderful shade tolerant plants and who could complain about buds and blooms in winter and early spring? They are definitely not invasive thugs so they are going to stay in my garden!
|Helleborus 'Ashwood Doubles'|
|Helleborus 'Red Lady'|
|Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'|
|H. 'Ivory Prince'|
I have quite a few of the H. hybridus. They are in various stages of development, with some being prolific bloomers and others just tiny seedlings. H. hybridus (also called H. orientalis) self-seeds pretty well and I've been able to transplant the seedlings to various areas of the gardens over the past couple of years.
|Helleborus orientalis or H. hybridus|
And for the finale, Galanthus elwesii, AKA 'Giant Snowdrop'. Isn't it cute?
For being 'giant', it is still really a small plant. This year, it's 3rd year in the garden, it has 3 flowers. In a few years, it should produce many more blooms. Galanthus are not native to North America, either. They are native to Europe. But they are in no danger of invading my garden so they get to stay, too.
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