… Cheater’s Edition …
Is it cheating if I buy plants in bloom and put them in the garden two days before Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day? I kind of feel like it is, but let me explain. A couple weeks ago, I drove down to Pine Knot Farms annual open house to see and buy some choice hellebores in bloom. I came home with four plants, only three of them hellebores, but didn’t feel like the weather was settled enough to set them out yet. Last Saturday was a gloriously warm day (72F) and it just seemed like the right time to plant. Into the garden they went.
Usually, I prefer single flowers to double, but for some reason the double hellebores appeal to me. This is ‘Winter Dreams Elegance White’, one of a series. I love the dark hellebores, but they just don’t show up very well in the woodland garden, so I made sure to choose a light color. One of my gripes about hellebores is the nodding flowers. This is how it really looks in the garden.
Then, hoping for even earlier flowers, I bought a Christmas Rose – Helleborus niger. It’s supposed to be Wilder strain, but when the flower bud opened I could see that it isn’t.
I also bought Cyclamen coum (from one of the other vendors they invited?). I’ve been thinking about adding that to the garden for a while, but this magenta flower sold me.
The other hellebore I bought isn’t blooming, but for the record, it’s H. foetidus ‘Red Silver’.
OK, on to the established plants. Hmm, all bulbs.
- Chionodoxa sardensis
- Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’
- Galanthus nivalis
Come and gone between Bloom Days:
- Iris reticulata ‘Gordon’
- Crocus sieberii ‘Tricolor’
So there’s another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Off to see what else is in bloom around the world…