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Hellebores in pictures

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

[one_half]The first Hellebore purchase in AprilHelleborus Orientalis[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The small ones I found last monthThe small ones I found last month[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The first buds …The first Hellebore Buds[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Close up of the first budClose up of the first bud[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Another bud full of promiseAnother bud full of promise[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Two days later she is openingTwo days later she is opening[/one_half_last]

[one_half]And the next day …And the next day ...[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A closer look insideA closer view inside[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Here she is fully open and lovelyNow she is fully open and lovely[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Still lovely today! What Joy!Still lovely today! What Joy![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Same plant …[/one_half]

[one_half_last]… different colours?[/one_half_last]

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

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

7 replies on “Hellebores in pictures”

I really love hellebores, and living in London, UK it feels like the most appropriate plant to have in my tiny back garden. One of my hellebores keeps flowering twice a year, producing maroon flowers in the winter and pink flowers in July and August! Your photos are lovely, I hope your hellebores give you many years of pleasure 🙂

I love hellebores – they are tough but beautiful plants. They bloom in early spring here but the blooms fade and then hang on for months, looking good in all stages to me.


Hellebores are among my favorite flowers (along with my large list of favorite flowers). I have about 10-12 plants, including a double one. The blooms do indeed last a long time, which is good to have in winter or early spring. Your pictures look lovely.


How exciting to find a plant that you have wished for – and then for it to thrive and bloom – thrilling! Your hellebore flowers are absolute perfection.

You’ve got a good bit longer flowering period still to come. Unless I want seed I have to cut my flowers off once they’re past their best – but that can be 6 weeks after they come into flower. They’d be fabulous even if they flowered in summer – but for winter flowers they are exceptional.

Oh how FABULOUS!! I can imagine your joy, these are your special favourites!! How delicate and pure looking. I can’t wait to visit your garden again. 🙂

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