Early March Black Diamond and Coral

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

After the rain stopped this afternoon I went outside for a quick perusal of the garden. Hellebores on the north side of the house are still quite beautiful, including ‘Black Diamond’ which finally has opened one flower completely. There are several more buds.

When last week I had checked the nearby camellia it was covered in buds but did not seem anxious to bloom. It was a surprise today to find it so far along. This is my only spring blooming camellia, synomym Camellia japonica x Camellia saluenensis.  Curiously the coloration used to be lighter and definitely more coral than it appears now.

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’

19 thoughts on “Early March Black Diamond and Coral

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pauline. I’m so pleased the Black Diamond hellebore has survived and hope it will bulk up a lot more eventually. I’ve come to appreciate camellias more each year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Black Diamond is 3 or 4 years old now and still rather a small plant. It looks better every year so hope it will make it. Wonder why some camellias didn’t do as well for you this year? This coral delight needs some help–the shrub itself doesn’t look very healthy. Glad to find some blooms anyway.

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  1. Kris Peterson

    Both are beauties, Susie. The flower color of my Camellia williamsii shift color a bit in apparent response to weather conditions when they bloom.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Kris. Interesting you notice differences in color. This winter has been mild. I’ll have to look back at records from when this camellia was lighter and more coral and see if I can find a pattern. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      When I first began blogging I saw a huge range of colors in hellebores I hadn’t encountered before. Especially intrigued by the black one at the time so bought one when finally had the chance. Black flowers are a big odd, aren’t they–unnatural.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Camellias are wonderful. One winter was so cold I feared they were lost but somehow they recovered. We’re in 7b, sort of borderline for camellias.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You know the “sleep, creep, leap” saying about perennials? Hoping this ‘Black Diamond’ is going to remember to leap. Growing very slowly but it is lovely.

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