The Hellebores are in full bloom!
Last Spring I purchased and planted a few varieties of Hellebores in the woodland garden, mostly just to try them out as I had never planted any before. Unfortunately with the many stressful and challenging moments since the start of pandemic, I could not find time to care for them in their first year and so I considered them a failed attempt thinking they would not thrive. But to everyone’s surprise here at home, a couple of weeks after we had the last days of winter snow, the Hellebores started to bloom. Nature sometimes has a way to forgive us, and can also be generous enough to give us a few blooms while the rest of the garden is still in the deciduous phase.
Here we have ‘New York Night’ and ‘Spanish Flare’ from the Honeymoon Series by Hans Hansen that I was able to find at one of my local nurseries, Earl Thieneman in Anchorage, KY. Now blooming in the woodland of Cranbury Hill garden.
Fun fact: Peak time for blooming is late winter/early spring – right during Lent time, hence the name “lenten rose”.
March 12, 2021