Those of you that have been following this blog you’ll already know how I lusted after Hellebores and finally found some at a specialist nursery in April (seems they are not on the average South African Gardeners’ wish list – so not for sale at every corner nursery). I brought home three fair sized plants, planted them in a bed with my Azaleas which live and thrive under the trees, and after lovingly planting, feeding and composting them I saw no action from them. Not even a new leaf or growth … nothing.

At the beginning of July I found a few very small Hellebore plants at Starke Ayres nursery and bought 5 of them – and planted them in the same bed as we still have a few bare patches under the trees. Mid July I was delighted to see that two of my now collection of 9 helleborus plants had buds. Joy of joys, the two plants are now flowering and have lots and lots of additional buds. I’m amazed at how long each flower lasts and, for a delicate looking flower, its actually very strong (these are not little flowers that fall off or bruise when you touch them or wiggle them around to photograph them – they bounce right back, strong little things).

They are already a good few days old and still look lovely. One of the plants has three flowers open now, all look different. (see the last two photos). One is white(ish) or cream on the back and the other is pink on the back and the third is somewhere in between. All on the same plant.

No more words … here is my photo essay on the Hellebores

The first Hellebore purchase in AprilHelleborus Orientalis

The small ones I found last monthThe small ones I found last month

The first buds …The first Hellebore Buds

Close up of the first budClose up of the first bud

Another bud full of promiseAnother bud full of promise

Two days later she is openingTwo days later she is opening

And the next day …And the next day ...

A closer look insideA closer view inside

Here she is fully open and lovelyNow she is fully open and lovely

Still lovely today! What Joy!Still lovely today! What Joy!

Same plant …

… different colours?

I can’t get over how long each bloom lasts. What a Joy these little flowers are! I look forward to years of pleasure from these plants. I suspect the newer five I bought will only flower next year or the next … there really is always something to look forward to in the garden isn’t there?

Thanks for joining in my delight of the Hellebores.

Happy Gardening