Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Please join Carol of Maydreams for a winter day in the garden, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, and a summer day for those in the Southern hemisphere.

There is only one special flower blooming in my garden today. Well, almost flowering. I am really excited to see the bud about to burst. It may even be blooming on March bloom day too because, by all accounts, it is long blooming. Helleborus X hybridus ' Blue Lady' was a new addition to my garden last spring. I planted it under the yaupon holly tree, where it receives filtered sunlight and is protected from our harsh summer sun. It was not in flower when I bought it so I had to wait until now to see the flower. Northern gardeners must know this plant well, as I did growing up in England. We called it the Lenten rose and it often appeared on Christmas cards in its white form. Deer are supposed to avoid the plant but I'm not even going to give them the chance to have a nibble. I think I'll look for more, although I picked this one up in Dallas.


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing the bloom fully open. I've read that there is so much variety among Lenten Roses that it's hard to know exactly what you've got until it blooms.

  2. I am glad to see your 'Blue Lady' hellebore about to bloom. Here in snowy Pennsylvania, the temperature shot up yesterday, and I found a lot of flowers to photograph for GBBD.

  3. I'll be looking forward to how the Helleborus blossom turns out. There is such a rich variety of Helleborus that I have been considering adding some to my garden.

  4. my Hellebores are still buried under snow. Another month and maybe I'll find something as beautiful as your new treasure.

  5. Abbey- I'm excited to see it too. I think it is going to be a wonderful color.
    Carolyn- Thanks for visiting my boom day, I'm off to visit yours.
    RBell-I may never have thought of trying this plant until Sharing Nature's Garden showed one in her garden last year. I think I may look for another one this year.
    Linda- I remember when we lived in Canada the melting snow brought some wonderful treasures. I'll be sure to look out for yours this year.

  6. It already looks lovely. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

  7. Very pretty and definitely worth waiting for.

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