Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Hellebore Doubles & Daffodils

Guess I've gone a bit crazy, swamped with work and so much going on. Bees arriving on May 01, just can't do it all. Yet it rained yesterday morning and I could not build the screened porch I'm working on. So I drove the 75 minute drive to Pine Knot Farms. Not much time to look around I picked out 10 new plants. The largest one has 4 flowers with seed pods developing.

1 gal Helleborus x hybridus Pine Knot's 'Southern Belles' Double Pink
1 qt Helleborus x hybridus Pine Knot's 'Southern Belles' Double Picotee
1 qt Helleborus purpurascens from Hungary
 3- 4" Helleborus x hybridus Unbloomed Seedlings best darks from Pine Knot 'Southern Belles'
2 - 4 " Helleborus x hybridus 'Double Queen' UK originated by Elizabeth Strangman
2 - 4 " Helleborus x hybridus 'Double Vision' German originated strain

This is the gallon sized double pink, see the seeds developing. So the rest will be mystery blooms in the next year or two. Shame the blooms have faded already, the true beauty of this bloom was a month back.
 Here are some of our new daffodils. This is Broadway Star.
 Pink Charms yes "pink' charms. I don't see any pink!
 I think this is Delibes, stunning isn't it?
This was in a mix Meg bought. I think it might be Fruit Cup. These are tiny not even 8 inches tall.
 Bleeding Hearts
Did I say pink a few photo back, this is pink phlox and a Pink Flamingo.

Oh and some local events here in Durham, NC this weekend.

The Seeds Pie Social on Sunday, you donate $10 and you get to visit their urban garden and you get coupons for 4 slices of pie donated by local stores and restaurants.

Durham Hosts "Get Your Grass Off Gas" Events April 9 & May 14Trade in your old gas powered mower for a discount on a new electric model.
I heard one hour of mowing grass with a gas mower is like driving your car 200 miles the emissions it produces. I also read that Americans spill 17million gallons of gas a year filling mowers and lawn equipment!

We are going to the Pie Social. We already have an electric lawn mower and are not Durham residents.

If I can manage it I might join on a butterfly field trip on Saturday to Orangeburg, SC to see the Goatweed Leafwing butterfly. Never seen this butterfly, I have seen the Tropical Leafwing(in Tx) which is much more rare.


PlantPostings said...

Gosh, I'm so dang jealous! So many new Hellebores! I hope to add more this year, too. Mine didn't fare so well this year because I was overanxious in removing their mulch. And then we had a cold snap. Oh well, hopefully they'll survive and I'll just add more for next year. Lovely post!

ann said...

I love your daffodils. I am still waiting to see if my bleeding heart survived the winter. Most of the plants have poked through the soil, but there is no sign of the bleeding heart. Hope you catch up. We have a dozen projects going here at the Garden Spot too and we both work. Just one day at a time. cheers. ann

p3chandan said...

Love all your beautiful daffodils and those photos are so stunning!

Cyndy said...

Hellebores, daffodils and creeping phlox - spring is definitely there - love the flamingo :)

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I am fond of those mini daffs. I will have to look into 'Fruit Cup', cute how the face is looking up.

Dar said...

So, are hellebores deer and turkey proof? I do have the perfect woods to plant them but have not done so yet due to our wildlife population. Any hint?
Thanks so much for stopping by. It's been a long winter and promises of colorful bloom is nudged along by coming here...and dreaming.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I agree, not so much pink in 'Pink Charms'! Delibes though is enchanting, what a delicate bloom.

How exciting, you have a date for your bees! I think our two packages are scheduled to arrive the weekend of the 23rd, although our bad weather throughout March apparently heavily impacted Queen breeding in the valley, so it could be later. Before long though both of our gardens will be buzzing!

John said...

I'm glad you got to Pine Knot. I had seen them at a rock garden show several years ago and came home with a bundle of Hellebores. The Delibes Narcissus is one of my favorites in the woods. It is incredibly productive — more flowers every year.

sweetbay said...

I've never been to Pine Knot although I've heard a lot about it. I love 'Broadway'. The Flamingo looks very happy in his pool of pink flowers.

sweetbay said...

Sorry, meant to write 'Broadway Star'. That and Delibes just went on my want list.

You asked about the Woodland Phlox ~ rabbits have eaten it out in the garden in the past, but they leave most of it alone. I think it's because there is a lot of new grasses and clover coming up at the same time.

Shady Gardener said...

You are fortunate Pine Knot is so close... but perhaps that might be my downfall! ;-) Beautiful new plants. Did you see my little post on Chicago? Look for the link on my right sidebar.

There's a project you might recognize as a Great Pink Project!! :-)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Pink phlox is great, as well as all the other blooms.

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