Under the oaks and pines
A plant grows mighty fine.
Evergreen, shades of pink, burgundy or lime
Blooming ever so sublime
Hurray—It’s Hellebore time!
Imagine, seeing this hopeful sign of spring—just out your window as winter’s wrath has driven you to wit’s end—peaking through the bareness of the last snow.
Or being able to cut and bring a variety of fascinating blooms inside…
Having many forms—singles, semi-doubles, doubles, anemone-centered—and colors—it is easy to see why there are passionate breeders and collectors of this winter bloomer.
Hellebores can be successfully grown in shade, but I have some also in sun; They are drought tolerant and even the deer won’t nibble! What is not to like?
They can be cut for arrangements or floated in bowls indoor, or outside, to bring cheer in late winter and delight with hope of spring to come.
Stop by a good nursery and ask for them… They grow in Zones 4-9.
Having Cabin Fever? Saturday March 8, is the last day of Hellebore Festival at Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Virginia… the weather is expected to be sunny and high 50’s… so go if you are anywhere near by! I have met folks from DC, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina… all beaming with joy for making the journey, wagons filled with Hellebores, hardy Primrose, Hepatica – just to name a few things!
Judith Knot Tyler and her Husband Dick have customers in 49 of the 50 states and will gladly ship!
Magical gardens to meander around their hand-built home. Plenty of Hellebores and other woodland garden plants for sale.
More next week with tips from Judy Knot Tyler of Pine Knot Farms on tips for propagation and care.
Judith Knott and Dick Tyler Pine Knot Farms www.pineknotfarms.com 434-252-1990 434-252-0768 fax
Enjoy – living the EntwinedLife
NC Certified Environmental Educator
Garden Conservancy Regional Representative