20 April 2011

Sorta Wordless Wednesday--Hellebore Happiness

This collection of hellebore blooms comes from three different sources: some are in my own garden, some are at Baldwin Nurseries, and some are blooming happily in the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal. Given that we're having a storm warning for possible snow, rain, ice pellets, etc tonight...I thought we'd better celebrate these today. The nursery-grown plants are safely indoors in a greenhouse, of course, and I'm going out to cover mine with evergreens yet again.


You can read more about hellebores for our Atlantic Canadian Gardens at Baldwin's blog, or of course if you haven't already, there's a section on hellebores in my book...

Small break for promotion of an event I'm doing with a great nursery operator this weekend: For those out and about this weekend and looking for some inspiration and maybe an Easter gift or two, I'll be at the fabulous Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Centre on the Hammonds Plains road, at 1 pm this coming Saturday, 23 April. Please come on out and see what Cathy and her team have in store for you this spring, get your book signed (or buy a copy if you haven't already), and we'll have a talk on Plants for an Atlantic Garden! We'll be discussing hellebores, of course, as well as pondering the age old problem of what to do with deer and goutweed. See you on Saturday, regardless of weather--it's warm in the greenhouse and we'll have plenty of room to hang out and talk plants!

Now, back to being wordless...enjoy the hellebores.









20 comments:

  1. I did enjoy the hellebores...they are lovely. And you have taken such beautiful photos of them. The pinks and veins are stunning.

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  2. Geez... where have I been? You wrote a book? That's so wonderful! I'll have to wander through the old postings to learn more about this big achievement. Where can we buy it? Are you on Amazon?

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  3. I am not surprised that you have a couple of greeen ones. How can I get one of your books signed? I can't come up to your neck of the woods. WHINE~~~~

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  4. I would have that double in a heartbeat! There's nothing more lovely...

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  5. Hi Jodi...
    weather most definitely has been up & down this spring...& sorry to say that my little crocuses came up for only acouple of days then seemingly dissolved into the soil from all the cold rain...oh the the glory & frustrations of being a gardener ! You will be in my neck of the woods Sat., so I do hope to get out to see you...& as yet have not seen or purchased your new book...Easter weekend is always a family time...so I will try !...LOve the Hellebores...they are on my 'flowers-yet-to-get' list ! Happy Earth-Day & Happy Easter to you !~
    Regards,
    Bev

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  6. I enjoyed your selection of Hellebores. I am looking to add to my three this year and hope y=to pick up some of the pretty ones your showed here. I would like those singles as mine are all doubles. Beautiful images of them too, Jodi.

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  7. Hi Jodi, Isn't it fun when there's a plant that continues to prove itself hardy nearly everywhere, loves shady spots, is deer resistant, is distinctive and beautiful, and easy to grow?

    I love your book and I would encourage anyone to purchase a copy!! I'm slowly wending my way through it! :-)

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  8. Jodi:
    These Helleborus are divine! On the off chance, do you have the name of the third from the bottom? Awoke to a light dusting of snow yet again this morning, but looks like I will have to develop gills for breathing for the next week or so! Rain and more rain, in the double digit mm's to boot!

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  9. Beautiful Hellebores. Poor you with such terrible weather! My tulips have almost finished already it had been so hot. Christina

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  10. such beauteous flower images!

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  11. Thanks all for your comments!
    Shady--so glad you're enjoying my book!
    Barry--it's 'Winter Jewel Double Painted', from Fraser's Thimble Farms in BC. A lovely confection, isn't it?
    Bev--hope to see you tomorrow! Hope my knees are less sore (they're very cranky tonight).
    Lisa: I will send you an email, or facebook note. There are always ways...

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  12. Ooops, Kate, forgot to answer you--yes, my book is on Amazon, in Canada, the US, and the UK, apparently. There are quite a few reviews about it, too. People seem very pleased with it.

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  13. yes Jodi I have found your book on UK Amazon so I ask again do you think the book is relevant to my side of the Atlantic please? or is it specific to Canada? I would not ask if I could go into a shop and browse through it myself but there are no book shops on my island and it is part of my character to hesitate about buying a book I can't see before buying, it would be so wonderful and a much needed book if it applies to this side of the Atlantic too, UK garden writers seem to have neglected the coastal garden which is absured considering the UK is just a large island, thanks for any help, Frances

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  14. Hi Frances, I somehow missed your earlier question, for which I do apologize. My thought is that my book WOULD be quite useful for you since you're coastal and probably aren't that much different--certainly no colder--than we are. I'm fairly certain you could grow most, if not all, of the plants in my book, as I have had others from the UK and western USA review it and find it very useful for them. The thing about Atlantic Canada is, we are mostly all in zones 4-5, with a few warmer in zone 6 and some much colder in zone 2-3. Nothing too hot, however, so there's nothing real tender recommended. Hope this helps!

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  15. yes it does Jodi, thank you so much, I know you have it colder than us, I thank the gulf stream often for our milder winters, I know from previous research of my own that north east USA is close to us the pacific side gets a hotter drier summer than us, as your a bit further up the north east side I thought the book would probably be suitable but it's weird to me to buy unseen, never done it before so just needed a bit of reassurance, thanks again will order this weekend then eagerly await next weeks post (mail), Frances

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  16. I'm a little late commenting but hoping your garden made it through that nasty storm at the start of the weekend. I haven't yet got any plants growing to damage so the only thing feeling battered was myself. I love how so many hellebores are freckled lately. Is it a new thing I wonder or something I just never noticed before? I've always been partial to hellebores but now I'm really smitten with those freckled ones.

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  17. Hope your seminar went well. Happy Easter. Beautiful hellebores.

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  18. Lovely, lovely photos, Jodi. I do hope you and your garden made it through the storm unscathed. I cannot imagine having the hellebores still in bloom, much less the prospect of an ice storm here on the cusp of May. We're just happy we've had a cool enough spring that we weren't yet too tempted to turn on the AC. Sometimes our garden adventures seem worlds apart -- but for our mutual love of beauty. :)

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  19. So enjoyed the Hellebore photos, such variety and color, and the double!! beautiful. Now that my one and only has made it through two winters and is doing quite well, found Metallic Blue and Pink Lady at Blomidon Nurseries Easter Sunday. Was so pleased...see what you inspire)))..

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