Hellebores Bow Down


We paid the price for the warmer and brighter day yesterday, by negative temperatures overnight and a sharp frost this morning. The hellebores looked as if they were worn out and exhausted from all-night partying but soon perked up when they felt the warmth of the sun on their faces again, as the last pictures shows. It gave me an excuse not only to photograph them but to inspect and admire their individuality – it must be a hard person who would fail to be charmed by them.

The sun was warmer today and we had more of it, but a cool gentle breeze diluted the warmth for most of the morning. Nevertheless, I was astonished at the difference it was making to the snowdrops – now fully open, flaunting their daintiness for all to see. Perhaps I should have waited till today to feature them!


DSCN1427I am conscious with the recent sun that we have not had any rain for a couple of weeks, so made a point of watering my newest acquisitions and, following advice partially gleaned from comments to yesterday’s post, I have watered and fed the species snowdrops with a liquid tomato fertiliser. The crocus near the stream have adored the sunshine, and there are individual ones popping up all over this area, having been muddled up in the soil when the stream was revamped last year. Realigning the path uncovered a clump of tiny tiny crocus corms, so they clearly seed prolifically too, but I shall be ordering more to plant in the autumn as well.

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7 Responses to Hellebores Bow Down

  1. gardeningshoe says:

    Oh to recover from an all night party like a Hellebore! The Crocus dotting through the grass are lovely. Today I discovered a clump of snowdrops I didn’t know we had, so I shall be giving them a good feed to make up for my past negligence. Thank you for reminding me.

    • Cathy says:

      I wasn’t sure at first if I liked the ones popping up on their own, but at the moment they look lovely, particularly when they open up. They will be lost in a sea of tete a tete when the latter finally flower!

  2. when we had the sunny weather a couple of weeks ago we paid for it with frosty mornings, cloudy and overcast now, I miss the sun and so do my crocus as they are not opening but staying closed, glad your flowers all recovered in the morning sunshine, your garden looks lovely and has a slight wildness to in, in the nicest way, Frances

    • Cathy re-reading I realise what I mean is ‘your garden has a naturalness to it’ I mean this as a compliment, I like it, Frances

      • Cathy says:

        That’s OK Frances – I took it that way anyway;). Parts of it are actually more formal than they used to be as there are more ‘straight lines’ than previously – but not in the woodland edge border where I allow things just to get on with it and be themselves.

  3. Holleygarden says:

    Your little crocus are so adorable! Mine are being shy this year. Poor little hellebores. It must be hard to have to bloom through frosts and fluctuating weather.

    • Cathy says:

      The hellebores are used to it, I think, although I did get a shock on a frosty morning a few days after I bought that lovely double yellow one, seeing it lying down like that I thought for a moment it was on the way out 😉 I don’t think I used to like crocus very much (and I wouldn’t want yellow or white), but these are exquisite when you examine them closely

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