Hellebores have the great distinction of being the one flower that blooms through the winter and into early spring, but to survive at this season the flowers tend to be rather small and uninteresting. Or so I thought until I read this article by Rochelle Greayer which I found on the Pith and Vigor blog where she shows off some spectacular varieties of this plant.
There are only a couple of things that get me through the last days of winter ? ?insta-stalking Aussie gardeners and hellebores.
This year, my hellebores started blooming in January (or maybe it was even late December with this bonkers weather?), got buried by snow, lived under the ice until the illustrious New England February blizzards err?rains set in, and now in a state of total confusion are trying to decide if they should give up?or throw out flurry of new blooms. ?They are bedraggled midgets only notable to the chipmunks who decided to take the year off from hibernating and instead move into a cozy cavern they discovered beneath the floorboards of my office.
Meanwhile, my Pacific Northwest friends are toying with me ? posting stuff like this?
At first I thought, ok Alicia, (I?m totally jealous) but so what? ?I mean, everyone knows that?west coast people always get much better cut flowers than we easterners do? and besides you are a pro ? so of course you know where to buy the best?beauties.
But then I read the caption? um, she didn?t buy these? SHE GREW THEM ? IN?HER OWN GARDEN!
Stop the snow plows! I needed to get to the bottom of this:
Me: How many different types of hellebores do you grow?
Alicia: I took a head count this week and realized I?m up to 28 plants. I?d say I have about 20 different colors. I really, really love the doubles and am always looking to add more of those!
Me: How long have?you been growing them? ?(?cause obviously forever, right?)
We bought our house two years ago, March 2014. I bought my first plant that first month and started out slowly, buying plants one at a time. The typical price tag of $15-20 per plant does help me to make a conscious choice when buying each plant. ? (umm?is she serious?)
Me: What are your favorites?
Alicia: Favorites are any of the doubles, and in particular my dark, dark plum-almost black double, can?t remember its name. Love Sparkling Diamond and really want more of these plants, but I find them difficult to find. My newest plant is a Double Painted which has lots of petals!
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