February Hellebores

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

February already! It was a beautiful day in central North Carolina today, sunny and 65°F. I did not get a chance to begin winter cleanup in the garden, although it would have been a good choice. Rain moves in tonight and for the next few days and temperatures go back down.

Late this afternoon I had a few minutes to check on the Hellebores. One patch at the southwest corner of the garden is full of fat buds, while on the north side of the house the first Hellebores are finally opening.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

 

22 thoughts on “February Hellebores

  1. garden98110

    Your labeling system, ‘helleborus x hybridus, is impresssive. If we may, this is an example to follow. Among four hellebore varieties, most pleasing is ‘Merlin’. A false Spring this time of year, followed by a cold snap, is typical for the Healing Garden. Now we have a week of unusually frigid cold on tour beginning this evening. Forecast, too, is a shot of Merlin’s incredible flowers, fearless in the face of all. – The Healing Garden gardener

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Are you sure these are ‘Merlin”? My original group of hellebores was purchased as Helleborus orientalis. Last year a Hellebore grower told me these are now referred to as H. × hybridus. A friend gave me some Hellebores several years ago, but she didn’t know the names. So I think I have H. x hodgepodge!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Indeed, Pauline, I’m excited to see these progressing. My garden’s been without flowers since the camellias were caught in a cold snap before Christmas.

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  2. John Schulz

    The Lenten roses are favorites of mine. Ours in north Georgia look like they did’t particularly like the zero degree weather but I’m sure they will come back around in a few days.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      They are favorites of mine too John. This winter has been more like the kind of winters I remember as a child. Enjoy watching for your Hellebores!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I need to cut back the dead foliage also Marian. Glad you enjoyed some time in your garden–so rejuvenating, isn’t it. I did just enough the other day to get a few photos. There is a lot of work ahead to clean up my garden and I’m behind where I was last year.

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