Dawn Of Spring, Hellebores Reign

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Spring arrived reluctantly this week. It has been wet and even snowed yesterday, with perhaps more wintry mix this weekend. Today the sun broke through to raise spirits, but it still feels too chilly to enjoy working in the garden.

I checked on a a few things this afternoon and in my wanderings was struck by how wonderful the hellebores are this year. Their buds were showing color during the first week of February and by mid-month were blooming.

One that I have had my eye on the past month is at last in its glory. So pleased this one made. It came from Pine Knot Farm two years ago and is flowering for the first time. The three buds remained tightly closed on this hellebore long after its nearby companions had ventured to open, but today I see they are open.

Helleborus ’Black Diamond’ (Winter Jewels® Black Diamond)

Helleborus ’Black Diamond’ (Winter Jewels® Black Diamond)

Helleborus ’Black Diamond’ (Winter Jewels® Black Diamond)

Here are a few more of the hellebores from Pine Knot Farm. Some show their faces easily.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Others are shy, but can be coaxed.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Nope…this one still wants to hide. Red markings outline each petal.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

The first ever hellebores in the garden were Helleborus niger, ordered through a neighbor. She was a horticulturist and placed a large order from Monrovia for those of us in our fledgling neighborhood garden club around 2002. The club lasted only about a year, the neighbor moved away after several more, but the hellebores have returned each year.

Helleborus niger (Christmas Rose)

These are pass-alongs from a Chapel Hill Garden Club friend.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten Rose)

Besides hellebores several other sights made me smile as I enjoyed seeing the garden in the sunlight.

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Cushion Blue’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Thalia Daffodil)

Hope your spring is taking shape. Tomorrow I am headed out for the day to see over 50 floral designs inspired by art works in the collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Have a wonderful weekend!

29 thoughts on “Dawn Of Spring, Hellebores Reign

  1. Eliza Waters

    Lovely colors – I must get my hands on one of the speckled ones. ‘Black Diamond’ is very nice, too. Have a great time at the NCMA this weekend. Hopefully there will be a post to follow for all of us unable to attend? 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Eliza. Sorry I don’t know a name for the speckled one, nor most of my hellebores. Yes, I’ll try to share some highlights from Art in Bloom.

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  2. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Oh my, you have a lovely collection of Hellebores! I have three clumps of H. orientalis, and when they bloom I feel the same way you do. We haven’t hit spring yet in S. Wisconsin, but next week looks promising. Yay!

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  3. Cathy

    Thanks for sharing your hellebores – all so pretty, especially the pale green one. I am beginning to wonder if mine will ever open… ! Have a lovely weekend Susie, and hope it warms up a bit for you! 🙂

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  4. Kris P

    What a wonderful sight, Susie! I love the pale yellow hybrid at the top of your post but the hellebores blushed with pink also caught my eye. Hellebores seem to relish the cold, which perhaps explains by lack of success with them, especially this year. Enjoy your floral art works outing!

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  5. tonytomeo

    They still look better than we can grow them here. I do not know why hellebores are so unhappy here. They are weirdly popular because they survive under redwoods, but they never look as good as they do elsewhere.

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  6. Christina

    Your hellebores are gorgeous especially ‘Black Diamond’ – that’s to die for!!!
    You’re ahead on N. Thalia; maybe mine will be open for my vase on Monday.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina, I’m really excited about ‘Black Diamond’–thought it wasn’t going to make it. Soon as my Thalia opened we had snow. They didn’t really get a chance to look their best, but they’re persisted.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I trimmed the hellebores some weeks ago and now many are covered in fresh foliage. It’s a bit tedious to do if you have many, put on your Zen hat.

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  7. P&B

    They are so beautiful. I hope I have some left to flower this spring. Our Hellebores that budded up in early February were eaten by squirrels.

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  8. bittster

    What a nice show! It’s exciting to see spring taking off for you, even if it is going in fits and starts this year. The hellebores are so intricate with their shading and speckling, I can’t wait to see mine finally come up.

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