February Trend

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

February days flow between winter’s cold and the warmth of early spring.

On the warm days one can sense the bustle of life underground and know things are happening.

Garden With Meditation Circle

Hellebores seem weeks late this year. At last some are coming into flower.

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)

I ventured out a week ago, my first garden center trip in two years. To state that in writing seems absurd.

I bought a Euphorbia x Martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’ and 72 pot-bound pansies for the meditation circle at greatly reduced prices. There were plenty of temptingly fresh pansies but the tired ones are greening up nicely after receiving some attention. They have yet to make an impact from afar, but up close they are strong.

Pansy ‘Delta™ Berry Tart Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘Delta™ Berry Tart Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘Delta™ Premium Pure Light Blue’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘MG II Clear Mix’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

Pansy ‘Panola® Purple’ (Viola × wittrockiana)

I wonder should the euphorbia be cut back?

Euphorbia x Martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’

One of my favorite ground covers was in stock (and not on sale). I had much luck with Candytuft in the early years of this garden, but of late it is short-lived.

Iberis s. ‘Alexander’s White’ (Candytuft)

As I await many new fall-planted bulbs to appear, I have seed packets on hand and mail orders scheduled to help fill the garden this year. As February days trend toward spring everything seems possible, even lupines.

Perennial Lupine (from seed)

18 thoughts on “February Trend

  1. Kris P

    Your garden looks so tidy and nicely mulched, Susie! I love all those hellebores. The Euphorbia appears to be getting ready to bloom, although its color suggests it’s stressed. If it was pot bound, you might want to let it recover rather than cutting it back at this stage. My experience (in an admittedly very different climate) is that ‘Ascot Rainbow’ doesn’t recover quickly after being pruned.

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  2. Frogend_dweller

    Oh wow, your garden is pristine! Love the blue pops and picket fence too. You have a lovely range of hellebores. Your pansies may have been pot bound, but at least have flowers. Mine seem to have all been eaten to ground. 😦 Glad that you were able to enjoy a garden centre visit once again.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m sorry something’s eating your pansies. That’s why I haven’t planted them in several years, but with new rabbit fencing installed I’ve fingers crossed they might have a chance.

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  3. bittster

    That spring color looks amazing and what a nice selection of hellebores! How exciting to see spring is on its way.
    Add me to the list of people amazed by the garden view. It looks pristine and must be a joy to look upon as things come to life. How have you kept quiet about it and just post about hellebores and pansies!? I would be showing off the spruced up circle, the ready to go pots, the crisp edges, the neatness of the mulch! Sorry if I’m too excited but it really looks about to explode 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Frank I’m pleased you can see the promise. The mulched beds are a bit rigid but they make me so happy right now. I didn’t brag about it too much because I didn’t put in the effort myself. Found two very nice and knowledgeable gardeners to help me with weeding, installation of rabbit fencing and now, mulch. They’ve made life much better and I’m happy to be able to concentrate on the fun aspects.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Yes, I’m trying to spread hellebores around the garden, but most are on the north side of our house, outside the fence. Deer have left them alone for 20 years now, but the hostas planted at the same time are long gone.

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