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.


26 comments:

the wild raspberry said...

yellow hellebores!!!be still my heart. beautiful.
chasity

Katy ~ said...

Oh my gosh! Those are beautiful! I have seen them and never knew what their name was. So, so beautiful. What a treat to see them. Thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

So beautiful! I have never seen them before.

CailinMarie said...

I've never seen pictures of these pretty things - how lovely! It is interesting that the blooms bend down, I like the photo of them floating in a bowl.

Selba said...

Beautiful flowers... :)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Thank you for sharing these photos of this most beautiful plant, they make up for not having a fragrance by their beauty,Beautiful simply beautiful.
Sue

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Mary! The hellebores are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

the ungourmet said...

I haven't tried to do a slide show in my post. I love it!

The flowers in the bowl are especially beautiful! :0)

Jadehollow said...

Oh my goodness Mary.. What a beautiful plant.. the blooms are gorgis. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Debbie

grey like snuffie said...

Wow, I'm loving this Outdoor Wednesday meme...I'm seeing so many things we don't have and I have never heard of. Beautiful pictures.

Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous flowers. Spring here we come.. finally.

KayC. said...

Just beautiful,photos and writing! Have a great O.W.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Mary, will you just adopt me? We still don't have flowers up here, and I'm wearing two sweaters!

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY pretty slide show!

Light and Voices said...

Hi!
Those yellow hellebores are simply divine.
Joyce M

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Beautiful! I've never tried growing them, but they look like a good one to try. ☺ Diane

girlichef said...

pretty :)

Allie said...

They're so pretty! I wish our heat wasn't so bad down here to kill everything I plant. Love the slideshow!

Mary said...

Chastity, Cailin Marie, Sue, Debbie, KayC and Fifi welcome to my blog. I hope you all had time to look around and will be back to visit on another day. Happy Wednesday.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Beautiful!

Pam said...

I have never seen these before, but they are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

ellen b. said...

Oh I do love a lenten rose!! Yours are just beautiful!
Oh and I couldn't help noticing those lamb and feta burgers...they look so darn good!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Mary, how beautiful. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

mbkatc230 said...

These are just beautiful! I don't think I've seen them before, it's probably too dry for them here. Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm so happy to have discovered your blog! I'll be back. Kathy

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

OMG!! I love your blog. I am glad you stopped by. I am now a follower. I am adding you to my favorites.

I love the hellibores. I have been wanting to give them a try. You have convienced me.

Have a great day!

Karen said...

How beautiful they are.

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