Garden Therapy

A bit of garden therapy put a spring in my step this afternoon. I saw a breathtaking display of hellebores a few days ago at a local garden center, but I left without indulging, telling myself the plants were much too extravagant.

I remained unconvinced. Nearly every hour thereafter visions of those flowers popped into my consciousness bringing regret.

Now I feel better.

2020 Lenten Rose (southern states)

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’ has large forward-facing flowers. Emerging leaves have pink veins.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Frostkiss™ Penny’s Pink’

Helleborus Honeymoon® ‘Vegas Nights’ is described as having slate gray to dark purple blooms. Unlike the other purchases this plant had only one flower, maybe a couple more buds. Hope to see more grayish sepals in the future.

Helleborus Honeymoon® ‘Vegas Nights’

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF is covered in plenty of creamy flowers with pink accents.  These hybrids come with complicated names and I wonder if this tag is really correct. In searching the web for more information, COSEH 940 is most often referred to as ‘HGC Camelot’ and ‘HGC Champion’ is associated with COSEH 730.  Hmm!

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘HGC® Champion’ ‘COSEH 940’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF has pink buds which open to white flowers brushed with pink. They become deeper pink as they mature. Foliage is described as blue-green. I bought two of this plant.

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ PPAF

Helleborus x b. Gold Collection® Merlin PP#22350
Helleborus x ballardiae ‘COSEH -810’ PP#22350
Outward facing light pink to pink flowers mature to a deep cranberry. Very dark green foliage with dark stems.

Helleborus x b. Gold Collection® Merlin PP#22350

Helleborus x b. Gold Collection® Merlin PP#22350

Do something nice for yourself today!

22 thoughts on “Garden Therapy

  1. Frogend_dweller

    Sneaking back! Well, they look lovely and I may have to sneak back to my local, where last week I spotted a beauty like your first marbled leaf example. Hey ho, hope you enjoy them every day.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, thanks so much. I will enjoy I think. Pouring down rain here today so will have to wait to plant them though. No sneaking–march in proudly and claim the plant that spoke to you! Have a good weekend.

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  2. Kris P

    Ha! You’re a woman after my own heart, Susie. Lovely choices one and all. Luckily for my pocketbook, the retail shelves in my local garden centers are still relatively spare at the moment despite temperatures soaring into the 70s this week.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The shelves here are fairly empty as well. Should pick up in several weeks. I would have thought in your climate there would be year-round opportunity.

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  3. Cathy

    Oh, aren‘t they all gorgeous! Good for you for going back and treating yourself! I would do the same if we had such a lovely selection. I will now have to pop in to our garden centre and see if they have anything eye-catching yet, as they usually wind right down over winter. Enjoy all those pretty shades of pink Susie!

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  4. bittster

    Good for you! Treating yourself to plants is always a good decision.
    They’re a beautiful bunch. I have two which are similar to your ‘Champion’ and I’m looking forward to seeing them bloom with foliage this year. Usually our cold browns off the leaves but this year it looks like they might make it in decent shape.

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