Posts Tagged ‘hellebores’

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2009

Helleborus x hybridus (double purple-red)

Yikes, it’s time for Bloom Day already, and I’ve hardly begun tidying up for spring. There are plenty of areas that probably would look stunning, if only I’d had the time to spruce them up a bit.

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Building the Perfect Hybrid Hellebore – Part 2

Helleborus x hybridus at Hayefield

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Continuing from Part 1

Helleborus x hybridus greenish white

Flower Colors

I think the only color in hybrid hellebores that’s rather boring is green. I can find charm in other sorts of green flowers, and a bright Granny-Smith-apple green isn’t bad, I guess. But propagating hybrid hellebores with green sepals (the parts that look like petals) mostly seems pointless to me, since you can already find splendid rich greens in straight H. odorus, H. dumetorum, H. foetidus, and other hellebore species. I particularly dislike many of the greens that are optimistically described as yellow in catalog copy. I’m sorry: They’re not yellow, they’re not even chartreuse – they’re green.

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Building the Perfect Hybrid Hellebore – Part 1

Helleborus x hybridus at Hayefield

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Back in my March Bloom Day post, I made a comment about loving all of my hybrid hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus). At the time, I meant it. But now that they’ve been in bloom for a few weeks, I find myself qualifying that statement frequently. Some clumps I visit daily or even more often, even if I have to go out of my way a bit. Others I walk past multiple times a day and seldom notice. And still others make me wish I had a shovel in hand so I could end their (and my) misery.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2008

Galanthus nivalis

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Woo hoo! Things sure have changed here in southeastern Pennsylvania since last month. It won’t do to get too complacent about the milder weather, because we’ve gotten some serious snows even after mid-March in the past. It’s not looking very likely that that will happen this year, however. On the plus side, I have two reasons to be thankful for the rain today: 1) It should get the seeds off to a good start before the starlings eat them, and 2) I’m too tired to do any more outside work anyway. And on that note, I’ll show my offerings for Bloom Day, and then I’m off to visit the rest of you.

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