Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I lurve hellebores
Crocus? Couldn’t give a damn. They flop over in the first cold wind. Daffodils? Fine, in a big swath in a field, but kind of loud in a small garden. Snowdrops? Beautiful, but I don’t have enough yet to make a real statement with them.
Ah, but hellebores. Yesterday, I had one of the best hellebore discoveries I’ve ever had. I was cutting back the crappy old foliage and brushing it aside, when I uncovered a gorgeous cluster of blooms that had been entirely obscured by an assortment of yard debris. (As I’ve mentioned on Rant, I didn’t touch a leaf in the fall, preferring to deal with them in their far uglier spring incarnation.) What isn’t great about hellebores? They are among the first spring flowers, but, unlike the others, they last for a good six weeks or better. Then their foliage continues, making a grand show through frost. And they love shade. Is it any wonder Plant Delights is maniacally creating more and more and more hybrids of these? Well, here’s one person who will be buying them.
I actually have some PD hybrids in another area (these are just the common type), but they are first year and a bit dinky as of yet.