In a Vase on Monday: At Last—Hellebores

It’s nice to be back in the blogosphere after a few days absence due to travel. It’s always good to sleep in ones own bed, and it is especially delightful to discover on our return that the hellebores are opening to give us something new to put In a Vase on Monday. The rain yesterday leaves my garden still water-logged, but it’s noticeably warmer and my spirits are lifting.


These are Helleborus orientalis ‘Elegance” and (on the right) an unidentified variety, whose name was lost in our move from Chapel Hill over nine years ago. They are arranged in a simple vase on a silver butter dish, another of my Arranger’s family heirlooms.


Let me invite you to visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of this meme, to see what she and others are putting in their vases this day.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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26 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: At Last—Hellebores

  1. Beautiful! Regretting I didn’t get more Hellebores into the ground late fall. Thanks for letting me enjoy yours.


  2. Cathy says:

    They are gorgeous! And arranged so beautifully! 🙂 🙂


  3. Julie says:

    Your arranger did jolly well today, this looks so elegant John. The gardener did pretty well too!


  4. Christina says:

    Julie already used the word I was going to use to describe your lovely hellebores – Elegant, well done arranger.


  5. What lovely markings their little faces have. Hellebores always look shy, but are so sturdy and a very welcome sight peeking out from under the snow. Best wishes, WG


  6. pbmgarden says:

    Hope you enjoyed your travels John. The hellebores look beautiful in this setting.


  7. Cathy says:

    This vase is perfect to show off such pretty pink hellebores, John – thanks to you and the Arranger for sharing them


  8. Hellebores are blooming and a perfect selection and look fabulous in that vase. Once mine are blooming in April, I am sure I will choose some for a vase too.


  9. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Donna. We will be looking forward to seeing your beauties.


  10. bittster says:

    Nice, I hope to copy someday assuming the warmer weather ever makes it up North!


  11. That is a pretty arrangement. I never thought to bring hellebore inside, it makes a very nice showing.


  12. Chloris says:

    They are lovely hellebores and I love your arrangement. Do you have a trick to keep them from wilting? I never have much luck with hellebores in arrangements.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Sadly, Chloris, they have already started to wilt. Perhaps someone out there knows how to make them last a bit longer and will share that with us.


      • Chloris says:

        I have heard that they last better in water if you pick them when they are quite mature and the seed pods are forming. The trouble is they don’ t look so pretty once they have shed their stamens.


  13. Julie says:

    That hellebore certainly lives up to its name and the vase is perfect. It is always nice to return home to something new n the garden, but especially so at this time of year!


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