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Winter colour too!

12 November 2017 01:04:00

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When I walked in the garden yesterday as well as the nice bits of late colour I also spotted some of my winter colour coming into view.

Of all the winter plants in my garden I love Helebores best. Mine are now starting to mature nicely and provide interest for much of the year. Some of them are starting to flower already - not really surprising because after all, November is the first month of Winter in the Irish calendar!

I togged out in the rain-gear today and went out for a very short time just making a start on the Winter Tidy-up. I tackled the Pergola area which includes the plants I lifted from the Main Herbaceous border during the recent work on the Patio. My heart lifted when I saw some growth on the two Clematis I lifted as well as the old-fashioned Paeony Rose I got from an old garden and the pretty Sidalcea Little Princess that I hope will benefit from being removed from the competition of the Anemones and other tall plants that are no more! - No photos of these as it was far too wet to chance taking out the camera!

My Holly bushes are finally starting to mature and I was delighted to see some berries on this one!

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 November 2017 05:03:28

Your first Helleborus (Foetidus) is looking very healthy. I think mine might be in the wrong spot as it's struggling to look any way decent since planting it about 4 years ago.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 November 2017 10:36:05

Mine took a few years to get going but now it self seeds profusely! It is at the edge of trees facing south so seems to like the light. The photo is actually three seedlings I transplanted 2 years ago.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 November 2017 13:00:55

Beautiful foliage on the hellebore foetidus. I have started to cut the leaves off the Hellebore x hybridus as they have flower buds already. With the cold weather over the next few days it should slow down growth. Holly berries, beautiful, so seasonal.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 12 November 2017 15:14:18

I love h. foetidus. Great winter foliage. 

Fleurette Fleurette 12 November 2017 22:08:26

The foliage of hellebore foetidus is always so attractive, at all times of the year.  I used to have a very large, out of the way area beside a shed, just covered with them and it was a really glorious sight when they were all in flower.

It is my favourite hellebore. 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 November 2017 22:39:22

What I like most about Foetida is that it seems to be immune to the horrid black spots the other ones get! Like you Mary I'll be cutting off the leaves of the other ones!


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