Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hellebores out!

Sorry I have not posted in over a month. It has been very busy here leaving me no time for myself. And I joined Facebook which has taken away my blogging time. Facebook brought me a contact who was looking for me to use 2 images in an upcoming book so that was a win win.

So our hellebores are blooming and winter arrived yesterday. The 1 1/2 inches of snow we got is mostly gone, the back steps still are covered in the shade.

 Semi double hellebore, supposed to be a picotee.
 This is my Romanian hellebore, been struggling for at least 2 years in the garden.
 Here is what one plant looked like before the snow yesterday.
 Our most common helebore.
 Hoping this opens soon, freezing temps the the next 5 days.

 Likely my most beautiful double hellebore

 This hellebore is hazy from the camera lens.
 Penguin the hen that gets out all the time. Just because it's called chicken wire it does not mean she is supposed to perch on it!
Bright and cheery hellebores this morning when it was 29 degrees outside.

We also have 2 crocuses blooming in the garden. Bees are out drinking from the melting snow.


Janet QueenofSeaford said...

Nice to see you back here. Your hellebores are always something to envy. The doubles are especially wonderful. My 'Pink Frost' is really blooming nicely this year. Is your blog on FB too or just you? I have both. Will head over to see if I can find you.

Jen said...

Very pretty Randy! I keep thinking about getting some Hellebores and then never getting around to it. I really should just make the jump and plant some.

Kim and Victoria said...

Really Randy??? Hellebores blooming? Do you have to rub it in? Ha ha, they're beautiful! I'm sure we all have hellebore envy now.
What type of chickens did you inherit? Is Penguin a Black Australorp? Looks like a barred Plymouth Rock in the pen also?

Pearl@serenitycove said...

Beautiful as always...Just love those doubles. Will they be okay with the freezing temperatures coming?
Going to be extremely cold here the next few days.

John said...

Good to see you posting again. Lovely Hellebores. Did you change cameras. The Hellebore pictures didn't look up to your usual...

Les said...

I think I need to up my Hellebore collection.

Freda Cameron said...

Great hellebores, but I'm more entertained by your chicken photos! They're great!

Caroline Gill said...

Fabulous soft Hellebore photos, Randy ... and I'm sure Penguin thinks she is the star of the show!

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