Lloyd Alexander, the American author once said about books, “We don't need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They're always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”
Insert ‘plants’ rather than ‘books’ and nailing down a favorite (at least for those who love to garden) can be tough to say the least. But this old favorite, Hellebores, though it has gained in popularity, is still often overlooked. If you haven’t planted this special perennial somewhere in your garden, look what you are missing on this dreary spring day. This Hellebore image was taken in the ‘soon to be under renovation’ shade garden yesterday at dusk. Isn’t it just lovely?
So be off and enjoy this Friday; a favorite day for most. And if you need to infuse some early spring blossoms in your garden space, keep adding and experimenting until you find those that speak to you. For those who haven’t yet discovered Hellebores, maybe today’s blossom from the spring garden gives you that extra boost.
P.S. Here’s one past link where you can find out why we love Hellebores and some planting tips. http://blog.bilowzassociates.com/2012/04/whats-pinning-today.html Plus you can find a couple more mentions about this wonderful perennial if you search the Annie archives or you might just find some of your own spring favorites. Until then; happy gardening. And if I haven't told my readers lately, much appreciation to all that follow my posts. Cheers.
Image of a Hellebore blooming in our spring garden by Ann Bilowz ©
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