While mid winter flowers of hellebores, when little else is blooming, are most appreciated, it is in March that most reach their peak, delightful bloom. No matter that many flowers nod downward, their abundance catches the eye of neighbors in this garden that is barely seen from the street after several large magnolias come into leaf.
With a few hundred mature, flowering hellebores, many of the flowers in January in early February are ones grown from seed (below) and then transplanted through shaded parts of the garden. The side garden that borders a narrow sliver of forest is the largest area of shade, and here many dozens of seedlings (and purchased plants) have been planted.
For the first time, a few yellow flowered hellebores (below) show more than a few scattered blooms, and if there is a must have in purchases this year, a few more yellows are required. There is no need for other colors or fancy blooms, though I am constantly tempted.