Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring awakening...

The Gardening Gone Wild photo contest theme for March is "Awakening." Our challenge, from photo judge, Saxon Holt, is to cheer the blogosphere with images of spring bursting forth in our gardens.

My entry is Miss Phoebe Hellebore, as she stretches out her delicate petals, braving the rare Texas snowfall. With dewy drops of melting snow gently perched on her bloom she waits patiently for warmer southern spring days to come.

Happily, she's tougher than she looks, and the following week she greeted 70-degree weather by opening two more blooms.

Now we just wait to see if her friends that were eaten by the deer come back in time to bloom before it's too hot for them.

17 comments:

Caroline said...

Gorgeous hellebore. My baby Southern Belle has no blooms, but is putting on lots of new growth--hope springs eternal! Good luck in the contest!

Diana said...

Thanks. I can't get over how delicate they are. And that we can grow them here. Seem like such Northern plants to me. Hope yours bloom profusely.

Janet said...

Super photo Diana! and of course super super Hellebore, I love Miss Phoebe.

Diana said...

Janet - thanks. I love the photo, but with all the others I've seen submitted already, I don't have a chance. I'm just sentimental about her!

Annie in Austin said...

What a ballerina! Whether or not you win contest, you've incited plant lust, Diana ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

sweet bay said...

That is a beautiful Hellebore, made even more beautiful by the waterdrops.

Jayne said...

Miss Phoebe is quite delightful, Diana. The dew/rain drops make the image especially lovely.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

lovely photo...

RBell said...

Impressive blossom; very nice picture.

Gail said...

She's a beauty~Good luck in the contest!~gail

LC said...

Phoebe is absolutely wonderful... I just discovered your journal and the beautiful photography! Larry at Conrad Art Glass & Gardens

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a gorgeous photo Diana. Good luck with the contest. It sounds like the deer have done the early spring pruning of your hellebores. I hope they snap back for you and bloom.

Diana said...

Annie -- Miss Phoebe will be so happy to know you envy her! (She's just a little vain, you know!)

SweetBay -- I love the drops and the backdrop of the snow. So unusual for us, so that makes it a special photo for me.

Jayne -- I was so tickled to see the melted snowdrops on her petals when I uploaded the photos from the camera.

Dirty Girl -- Thanks!

RBell - I think I might even use the photo as my screen saver for a while. They don't all turn out like that with me -- I'm a hit or miss photographer!

Gail -- Thanks. Love your Hellebores, too. I really like that Double Yellow Golden Lotus Strain. I think one of my non-blooming ones is yellow-ish pale green. But since the deer munched it, I may not get to see until next spring.

LC - Welcome. Glad you like the blog. I just visited yours - love your extensive seed project and that big hoop house. Wow. That's some set up - so nice and roomy. You must be laughing at us shivering with our little 35F cold snap here tonight.

Lisa - I hope they snap back, too. With our late spring and today's cold spell, maybe I will get a little longer season with them -- there's hope yet!

Helen said...

Lovely hellebore, and lovely image. If she's like the ones up here in my garden, she's tough as well as beautiful.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

That is a beautiful hellebore bloom!

Diana said...

Helen - Thanks - I hope you're right about the Hellebores being tough. I'm so glad they survived our devilish summer last year.

Robin - She's got those pretty pink blooms and some pale green ones, too. Gotta love it.

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