Even before the first snowdrop emerges, we enjoy abundant winter flowers in our garden. Perennial Hellebores fill our pots, beds and borders with their sturdy evergreen leaves year round.
Buds emerge in late December or early January, and their flowers begin to open during that long stretch of cold when little else can bloom. Often called “Christmas rose” or “Lenten rose,” these tough, beautiful flowers continue blooming through late spring.
I’ve just re-edited my 2014 post, Hidden Jewels: Hellebores, with additional information and updated photos. I hope you will enjoy it!
H. argutifolius ‘Snow Fever’ February 9, 2017
Woodland Gnome 2018
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Helleborus argutifolius ‘Snow Fever”
“It is said there are flowers that bloom
only once in a hundred years.
Why should there not be some
that bloom once in a thousand,
in ten thousand years?
Perhaps we never know about them
simply because this “once in a thousand years”
has come today.”
The Helleborus ‘Snow Fever,’ which we planted earlier this winter, have come into bloom. We’ve been watching their progress daily. We’ve marveled at the delicate new growth emerging from the center of its lovely white splattered leaves, wondering at the flowers yet to emerge.
Here is the first of the opening blossoms. Its new leaves, behind the buds, are creamy white with the most delicate edging of red. This unusually elegant Helleborus has been worth the wait.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017
Posted in Flower Gardening, flower photos, Foliage, Helleborus, Winter Garden
Tags: deer resistant flowers, deer resistant perennials, Flower photographs, Helleborus 'Snow Fever', Helleborus argutifolius, Shade gardening, shade perennials, winter flowers, winter garden