Looking for long lasting winter colour?

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The Lenten Rose Helleborus x hybridus is strutting her stuff around the garden with her ‘profusion of perfect plum petals.  She’s taking advantage of the mild November weather and has certainly pulled off an early winter flower display which will last now until Spring.
All the text books will tell you that these herbaceous perennials are in flower from late winter to late spring………. well this particular unknown variety of  Helleborus x hybridus seems to break all the rules.  She’s never without buds around ground level at this time of year but never has tall stems and curvy open petals like this.  My clumps all grow in soil that is shaded by the midday and afternoon sun and a soil that is full of decomposed leaves  ……….. I’ve never claimed to be a tidy gardener!  
Perfect Profusion of Plum Petals
So if you’re looking for long lasting colour in the garden until Spring  I can thoroughly recommend this hardy perennial (Zone 9 to Zone 4 and colder if there is a blanket of snow on top of them). It grows well with Euphorbia, Pulmonaria, Bergenia and Epimedium plus it shouldn’t end up as an early morning breakfast treat as the deer and rabbits avoid it like the plague!
What surprises have you in your garden………. is there a plant makes you want to get into the garden despite the time of year?


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Rosie is a passionate wildlife gardener in Scotland, a Perthshire / Tayside flower and garden photographer and writer. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that buzzes, creeps, crawls or flutters. She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography.

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  1. Lots of lovely flower head there. I'll have to remember that plant.
    I'm learning so much about plants from you so thank you. :))

  2. These flowers are so beautiful. They always bring delight when I see them posted about in blogs. Unfortunately, they will not grow down here where we are, so I will have to enjoy them via pictures from all of you who grow these.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  3. Amazing! You must have the award for the first hellebore post of the season… or would it be the last! Lassry

  4. I am pretty sure I put this one in last spring from a mailorder company. It did not bloom last spring so I can't wait until next year to see if this is the same one.


  5. Now she has arrived extremely early at the party Rosie but you still must be delighted to see her 🙂 Is she planted in a particularly sunny spot? No signs yet of flowers on my hellebores but the leaves of one of my early flowering snowdrops are showing green.

  6. Hello Rosie, they look very very fresh, seem not affected yet with the cold. Lovely photos as usual.

  7. I just love the look of these flowers. I don't think they grow here, but I planted some bulbs last year anyway. I had to move them, so it would be a real surprise if any ever bloomed! I'll just have to enjoy looking at yours!

  8. Very enchanting little blooms. I've never grown it, although I often covet it when I see it on other's blogs! So lovely she's blooming now as most of the gardens are winding down for the season.

  9. That seems so unusual… What a lift for the month!

    My perennial foxgloves are still hanging in there with a few flowers, even after our first frost and snow. Our fall has been beautiful and very sunny.

  10. Lovely photos! I've been looking for a Hellebore for my garden…perhaps this is the one 😉

  11. How pretty. I've always wanted to grow a Helleborus but zone 4 is pushing it for me. Helleborus niger is the hardiest species although I have yet to find one at my local nursery. I'm still looking.

  12. Hello Rosie, you've been away for quite a while, i wonder what is taking you out from posting, haha! Take care.

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