Thursday, February 11, 2010

Surprise!

Imagine my delight when I walked outside yesterday and found that Miss Phoebe Hellebore is getting ready to herald her arrival! I love the delicate contrast of her soft petals and whisper pink color against the harsh winter surroundings. She clearly hasn't minded this wicked winter.
Her cousins haven't fared quite as well. These two Hellebores, purchased this year to join Miss Phoebe, were apparently yummy deer food at some point in the last few weeks. (Yes, they are supposed to be deer-resistant, but we all know what that means -- nothing!)
They ate one plant down to the nubbins, but they're both still green at the base, so I am assuming they will return in their own good time. (If someone doesn't snack on them again, that is.)

Any Hellebores peeking out from under their little green umbrellas at your house yet?

12 comments:

Cyndy said...

Wow - I thought hellebores were poisonous! Phoebe is a little cutie:)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

My hellebores are stuggling to get out from under the snow. I will have to check them after work to see if the sun has melted the snow away today.

LindaCTG said...

How exciting! I've never tried hellabores. Guess I'll go check 'em out. Thanks for the inspiration.

Janet said...

I don't have any Hellebores....yet! I remember Phoebe from some of the blogs last year....what a stunning bloom.

Gail said...

Yippee! It does mean that spring is on its way! gail

Caroline said...

When I read about your deer woes, my squirrel and mourning dove woes don't seem so bad. No buds on my hellebore yet!

Jayne said...

I don't have any hellebores, but Miss Phoebe is adorable :-)

Cindy, MCOK said...

I have no Hellebores here, although I'd love to grow them. Tony Avent claims there are varieties that will grow here in Houston. If you can grow them in Austin, perhaps I should check out his recommendations.

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Diana said...

Cyndy - Oh - the deer and my dog eat all sorts of poisonous things in the yard! My dog regularly eats lantana and pukes it right back up. Silly girl!

Lisa -- Isn't it amazing that those delicate little things can live under the snow. You'll have to show them to us when they peek out!

Linda/CTG -- I love the hellebores -- they are so sweet and their little blooms are so precious. They disappear in the summer but always come back.

Janet -- You'll have to put one on your list and try it!

Gail -- yes, it is one of the signs of Spring's impending arrival. Love it along with the Daffodils and the Japanese Quince.

Caroline -- Oh, but those squirrels can be so destructive, too. They terrorize our feeders, we have 1 lying on the ground today that has to be fixed.

Cindy - I have my Hellebores in full shade on the side of the garage under tree canopy where I water regularly. They are right by the hose, so even when we have restrictions, I can squirt them and give them extra drinks, if that helps you figure out where to put one. You'd love it!

Katina -- Thanks for the award...heading over to get it and pass it on.

Lancashire rose said...

I have been commenting on peoples hellebores and didn't realize we could grow them here. It's a must for next year. Happy bloom day to you.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose -- My Hellebores are in shade where I can hand water them easily (right by the hose) and do. They are also protected by the house, if that helps you decide where you might want to try some! They are precious.