Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Woodland Borders Rule OK

I feel quite self-indulgent posting these pictures today, highlighting what is flowering in my garden as part of Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, a meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams. My blooms are exclusively contained in the woodland or woodland edge borders, and by the time I had finished taking and cropping the photographs I thought I was going to overdose on the beauty of my hellebores. I hope no-one reading this thinks I am showing off, and despite my recent purchases I don’t think I realised quite how many I had, bearing in mind there are others not quite old enough to bloom this year, and I couldn’t even begin to choose a favourite. They are just so gorgeous – the soft colours , the individuality, the resilience to variations in the weather – and they are not yet at their peak. I can’t keep them to myself – that would be just too selfish, so please enjoy them too.


Snowdrops are visible beside all the hellebores, and beside the stream the few clumps of crocus are standing up to the cold and rain and wind of this week, a little tattered maybe, but just waiting for a glimpse of the sun to put on a show. Nearby, under the apple trees, the Tête-à-Tête are also moving up a gear ready to burst out in full bloom as the days get warmer. In the woodland, the clumps of primroses are establishing well, watched over by a lone belated cyclamen, and there is still colour from the new Hamamelis ‘Orange Peel’ and Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ which started flowering later than the others. ‘Harry’, still in full flower last week, was seen off by the bitterly cold weather at the beginning of this week; I shall miss him sorely. Meanwhile, I will continue to bask in the beauty of the woodland borders.


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21 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Woodland Borders Rule OK

  1. Pauline says:

    What a wonderful selection of hellebores you have, no wonder you are so proud of them, everyone delightful! Woodland gardening is the best sort of gardening, but you know that already, so many lovely , delicious plants to enjoy, that most people don’t bother with. Shady borders used to be a problem, but no more!!

  2. Lea says:

    Beautiful Hellebores! I love them!
    Your others plants are looking good, too!
    Happy GBBD!
    Lea’s Menagerie

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for popping in Lea – yes, they are stunning, aren’t they? I realised I missed 2 more whitish ones in my species snowdrops border – gosh, amn’t I lucky! 🙂

  3. Cathy your hellebores are beautiful, your woodland must look really nice, good work, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Frances – fortunately they must love their habitat here, and all I do is get carried away buying them and plonk them in a hole 🙂

  4. _emily_rose says:

    Your hellebores are worthy of showing off! I love that you have so many different kinds 🙂

  5. Anna B says:

    My hellebores failed big time this year 😦 so thanks for sharing yours. They’re lovely and I’m so pleased they’re successful for you. I’ll try again next year in a different place!!

    • Cathy says:

      Any idea why yours didn’t do well? Were they OK last year, or were they new plants? What a shame though, if you looked forward to them blooming as much as I did 🙂

  6. There are no favorites in your garden, the plants are like your children. They are all special, and they are all unique. Sadly the lament of every gardener is that we are always buying something new with the thought we will find a spot, somewhere.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for visiting, Charlie. I have tried to be stricter with myself when it comes to buying plants, but I haven’t had any problem with finding space for new hellebores since last season!

  7. Julie says:

    You can never have too many hellebores, or pictures of them! The rain is beating down and the wind is gusting round my kitchen this morning, so a cup of tea and your beautiful hellebores have cheered me up no end.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, I am so pleased it cheered you up Julie – we had a damp night here but some blue sky and sunshine today before another heavy shower. Much milder now than earlier in the week, so that’s a blessing 🙂

  8. You are lucky to have so many lovely blooms this time of year! Happy GBBD!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Jason – yes, I feel lucky too and I know that the hellebores will maintain their flowers, albeit faded, for weeks once they are past their peak.

  9. Anna says:

    You have some beauties there Cathy which will give you pleasure for many years to come and no doubt some interesting offspring 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Anna – thanks and yes, it will be interesting to watch new seedlings progress. I have noticed a couple of patches of them already and I suppose I ought to pot them up so they don’t crowd each other out. How is your Mum? Are you still with her or back home?

  10. What a wonderful set of photos from your garden; you are a few weeks ahead of me. Thank you for posting this and for mentioning the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day; can’t wait until I have enough photos to share!

    • Cathy says:

      You are very welcome and thanks for dropping in – it is a pleasure to share my hellebores with others. When do you expect your early spring flowers to be at their best?

      • Normally, the hellebores would be in full swing now but winter lingers and they are just starting to bloom. Perhaps in a week; I’m looking forward to some color in the garden!

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