A little taste of spring…lovely photographs and an informative discussion of these hardy additions to your garden. We all need a reminder that this snow will melt, eventually, and reveal such treasures in the warmer months. Until then….
Hellebores shyly begin to grow in the middle of winter, sending up fresh new leaves and flower scapes under cover of their sturdy, evergreen leaves left standing from the previous season. These thick, protective leaves offer cover from freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and winter winds.
Although they may begin to look a bit ragged by February, hellebores leaves are still vibrantly green in our garden. It is only when these long, thick leaves are finally cut away that the dazzling jewel like buds of the new season’s flowers finally shine.
Within just a few days of taking away the cover of old leaves, light reaches the new growth causing it to lengthen and the buds to open. With the old foliage gone, the new flowers and leaves can fill out the display.
Hellebores are hardy perennials, growing in moist…
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