In a Vase on Monday: The Yellow Hellebore

It is exciting to see things stirring in the garden now. Ipheion, candytuft, and creeping phlox are putting out their first blossoms; ‘Tete-a-Tete’ dafodils are up, budded, and showing color. For this week’s In a Vase on Monday, I am delighted to offer the first blooms of my yellow hellebore.


The pale yellow hellebore was transplanted and came with us when we moved here over nine years ago (where does the time go?). I put a label in the pot, but the “permanent” markings faded over the winter the hellebores spent in my daughter’s woods before moving here to their current location (is there anything permanent anymore?). To keep the arrangement simple, I added more Hellebore orientalis ‘Elegance,’ which was the first one to bloom in my garden this year.

My Arranger selected a Waterford crystal vase and added the Japanese incense burner for the display.

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Because the hellebores tend to droop their heads, I photographed their reflection in the mirror my Arranger suggested for the base of the arrangement.


My thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of In a Vase on Monday. Please visit her site to see what she and others are putting in their vases this week.

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 a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: The Yellow Hellebore

  1. Cathy says:

    Who wouldn’t love a hellebore, John? And what a great idea to photograph their reflection – brilliant! I tried to keep mine as short as possible so their heads would be supported by the edge of the bottles. Thanks for joining in – and do continue being excited by everything that’s happening in your garden 😉


  2. Spectacular, name or no name. Wait, I just renamed it for you!


  3. Cathy says:

    They are lovely John, and what an ingenious idea, using a mirror as the base! I’ll have to try that out one day. Glad spring is reaching you at last. 🙂


  4. Lovely photo taken in the mirror, showing their little faces, John. I’m glad you were able to move your yellow Hellebore, and trust it has given you many little seedlings since. Each different face is so exquisite- I love that these flowers come first so that we may appreciate them without distraction. Best wishes, WG


  5. Julie says:

    A great shot of the reflection John – certainly the best way to view the hellebores. Some of my hellebores have been on a journey too – coming with me from my last garden. I love the crystal vase and japanese incense burner – very stylish.


  6. pbmgarden says:

    Quite beautiful display John. The pale yellow hellebore steals the show but the actually ‘Elegance’ is also lovely. The mirror provided a great device for capturing the flowers. Tete-a-Tete just opened today here and candytuft is beginning to show a bit of white. Great to have spring, isn’t it?


  7. bittster says:

    Nice idea to photography the reflection too! They’re both beautiful hellebores named or not.


  8. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Beautiful flowers, I have to plant hellebores in my garden, too! Thanks for sharing your elegant vase, John!


  9. Christina says:

    The mirror is an inspired idea for the Hellebores; you have a very clever arranger!


  10. Very nice! I’m eager for the snow to melt so I can see my own hellebores in bloom.


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