Before the storm – Wordless Wednesday


My first hellebores were lovely. Note the were – but they’ll recover.


Gorgeous. Now brown and shrivelled, but hey.

Well, they’re not quite the first; I’ve a huge corsicus which came from my mother’s garden and is still going strong in defiance of the ‘don’t try and move a big hellebore’ rule I was given when I moved house. But the corsicus’s blooms aren’t quite like this. And Dobby, this is one you gave me – thanks!

Hang on, I’m supposed to be wordless. Oh well.


22 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    That’s one hell of a colour!

    1. kate says:

      It’s amazing, isn’t it? Less so now, but I have hope of unopened buds. Fingers crossed!

  2. Pauline says:

    Beautiful, sorry it got burnt by the storm, but it might put up more flowers yet.

    1. kate says:

      I’ve told it exactly that, and it will behave if it knows what’s good for it…

  3. I’ve often been given the advice of not to move something – plants don’t always read the rule books do they 😉
    What a beautiful colour it is – I’m sure it will recover, plants are often stronger than we give them credit for.

    1. kate says:

      Indeed they don’t – I moved a whole bed of irises as well, and they had to stay in their pots for 6 months. They were fine too…

  4. Dobby says:

    Glad it has turned out so well. It’s the first year it has flowered I think. All mine have come up too. I moved my wisteria much to everyone’s concern, but it survived!

    1. kate says:

      It is indeed its first year – what a baptism!

  5. hillwards says:

    That is – was – very beautiful indeed. My H. corsicus is looking rather unwell this year though, after a lovely and long display last year. I hope it’s just a phase…

    1. kate says:

      My corsicus goes up and down – some years it’s fab; others it’s a bit disappointing. This year it’s something of a compromise.

      1. hillwards says:

        Ah so there is hope for mine to recover yet!

        1. kate says:

          Fingers crossed!!

  6. Does the Corsican hellebore tolerate ghastly cold salt-laden winds? If so I am definitely getting one. It is amazing what you can get away with when it comes to moving plants, though I fear I may have pushed it too far with my pulmonarias, they are sulking. That hellebore in the photo is divine.

    1. kate says:

      Hm, don’t really know what to answer to that one – because mine is directly in front of a wall which protects it from the worst of the weather, and is also sheltered by an ash. I do love it, though I think it may be getting a bit tired. Not as reliable as it was. Or as big.

      Pretty hellebore – been out and checked and there seem to be undamaged buds. Phew.

  7. Cathy says:

    Brown and shrivelled? What a shame 😦 although I am sure it will recover. Is this one Metallic Blue Lady, do you think? I don’t suppose it matters which it is as long as it survives. Oh, and I wouldn’t hesitate to move a large hellebore….

    1. kate says:

      I’m not at all sure, it could be. I will ask Dobby!

      (Just been out again and there’s a promising undamaged bud – should open this weekend, with any luck…)

        1. kate says:

          Me too, poor little things. Sniffle.

      1. Dobby says:

        You will have to ask Karen as she was kind enough to give me the original plant!

        1. kate says:

          Hah – she just asked me! I will wave it at her…

  8. Anna says:

    Oh Kate – the weather gods were unkind but it will soon shine again. I think that in such circumstances that you are allowed a verbal aside.

    1. kate says:

      It had better. ANOTHER storm seems to be coming in – this is getting boring.

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