I am always amazed at what one finds in the winter garden. My garden at Chestnut Cottage never disappoints me at this time of year. Due to the warm winter we are having, it seems that things are a bit early this year. This morning felt like spring in the garden and of course gave me a bad case of “gardening fever”! If you don’t have hellebores in your garden, you must plan for next year and start your hellebore search right away!
Hellebores offer such a variety of lovely color tones and are perfect for cutting and doing glorious floral arrangements.
The hellebores combine beautifully with budding quince branches and a few ferns that have survived the cold days. These add another great texture to your arrangements.
And this morning I found some daffodils that I added to some additional hellebores and some daphne.
I found this lovely silver and cobalt vase while at the Aiken Antique Show and had enough hellebores to make a nice little arrangement for my bedside table.
The beautiful faces of these hellebores just make me long to be in the garden!
Hellebores are widely grown in gardens for decorative purposes. They are particularly valued by gardeners for their winter and early spring flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost-resistant!
They bloom in early spring, around the period of Lent, and are often known as Lenten hellebores, oriental hellebores, or Lenten roses. They are excellent for bringing early colour to shady herbaceous borders and areas between shrubs and tress.