Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Another Harbinger of Spring - Hellibores for Outdoor Wednesday
Bob and I spent most of our lives on the east side of the Rocky Mountains where snowdrops were harbingers of spring. Here in Oregon, hellibores quietly trumpet winter's end. Unfortunately, the blooms of these shy ladies face downward and hide their beautiful faces. If you want to see them you'll have to kneel. These regal damsels are almost effortless to grow and propagate like rabbits. Unfortunately, they readily sport and that gorgeous yellow or near black plant may produce offspring of a different hue. While hybridization is a gamble, lovers of nature's lottery will enjoy an effortless show of flowers from one year to the next. These plants have no scent save for that of the damp earth and duff in which they grow. They are constant and serene. They've found a quiet place in a chaotic universe and are content to bloom where they are sown.
I'll be sharing this post with the other participants of Outdoor Wednesday, a blogging event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.