….’Ellen Picotee’ is! Doesn’t she realise it is now August and hellebores flower in early spring? Her appearance was a complete and utter surprise this morning when I paused in my morning ramble to admire the foliage in the woodland edge border; admittedly, she is quite a young thing, a plug plant from 2012 I think, but she is definitely a little confused! It’s not as if it is just one flower either, as there are at least three other buds waiting their turn. The photo doesn’t adequately show off the full daintiness of the petals, with the hint of frilliness which gives her the ‘picotee’ description but also a dusting of apple green on their edges (tilting your screen may make this more apparent). What a treat!
In the woodland edge border I was particularly admiring the structure of the persicaria, pulmonaria, epimedium and Hellebore argutifolius, the latter only just appearing at the top of the picture but which has looked absolutely stunning all year and deserves a picture on its own which will be rectified in due course. The range of colours and shapes and heights in this border certainly prove that gardens do not always need flowers to be attractive or of interest.
Like Frances at Island Threads I am beginning to get a backlog of photos, so I would like to share the changing faces of Clematis ‘Pastel Blue’ and Fuchsia ‘Swingtime’. The clematis is not fully open but watching the progression of the leaf-like buds has been fascinating, whilst the profusion of buds on the fuchsia have undergone an amazing transformation from their likeness to Chinese paper lanterns to the dancing girls they become when fully open. Very nice!