In a Vase on Monday: At Last!

It’s cold and dreary in our part of the world, and we are expecting unpleasant weather again today. I went out yesterday afternoon and collected the only three hellebore blooms that were open, so that I can offer them for this week’s In a Vase on Monday. I am happy, indeed, that the hellebores at last are starting to open. My plants are full of buds; don’t be surprised if you see them again over the next few weeks.

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The identity of this hellebore was long lost in our move a decade ago. Last spring I transplanted into pots several seedlings that had sprung up next to the parent. They have taken well and will be planted back into the woods when it gets a bit warmer. It will be fun to see what colors they have.

The vase and base are Waterford crystal.

Please visit Cathy, the host of In a Vase on Monday, at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing from their gardens 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 has been 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 seven of his eight grandchildren.
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33 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: At Last!

  1. Fabulous bowl and I love the pink hellebores John….here we are battling -20F temps and windchills so no garden flowers.

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  2. So pretty! I’m looking out the window at mine and heads are hanging low this morning!

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  3. Cathy says:

    Oh John, you have cut your only 3 blooms for a Monday vase – we are honoured! Thank you for sharing — and don’t they look gorgeous in the crystal bowl?

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  4. Christina says:

    I am very much enjoying everyone’s Hellebores, it interests me that your survive your high summer temperatures but I suppose you do have high humidity to give them the water they need.

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Hellebores fn my garden, at the edge of my woods, receive no assistance from me. All I do is cut back the old foliage each year and then let them do their thing. Easy, easy…and so lovely when they poke their heads out.

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  5. homeslip says:

    What a good idea to pot up the seedlings and grow them on before replanting. As soon as it warms up I am going to do just that. The Waterford crystal is beautiful, a lovely container for the equally beautiful hellebore flowers.

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks. I potted ten seedlings last spring in 3 inch pots with commercial potting soil, just kept them in watering range when needed, and seven of the ten grew and enlarged. They will be planted in a new area soon.

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  6. Kris P says:

    Simply beautiful!

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  7. Very pretty and quite unique.

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  8. Noelle says:

    Love the way you have displayed your three precious blooms John. Very elegant.

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  9. Cathy says:

    That’s a beautiful bowl for displaying the hellebores John. I hope I will also have a few more opening soon so I can float them. They last so much better that way and you can really see their colours. I look forward to seeing more of yours!

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  10. Renate Flynn says:

    Beautiful hellebores.

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  11. bittster says:

    I agree, nice to finally see the hellebores open, and it will be interesting to look at the blooms on the seedlings. They will be opening all around you in a few more days I’m sure!

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks. I most certainly hope so. They are the only near term blooms in the garden (other than candytuft that is holding up well despite the freezes). The camellia japonica is loaded with buds and should respond to a period of good weather. I can already see a hint of color in the buds. The pansies and violas will need some better weather to perk up and bloom. They have really been hit hard this year, something I haven’t seen in years past.

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  12. Lovely Hellebores, and they look great floating in that bowl.

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  13. dawnkinster says:

    Beautiful. I don’t know that I’ve seen these before. I’m in Michigan…where it is very much still winter…so we have a long long way to go until anything blooms in our gardens here.

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  14. Our current temperature is around 100F, so it’s especially delightful to look at hellebores, thank you! 😉They do pretty well in shady parts of my garden, despite our hot dry summrr.

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks for your comment and your photographs. It is most interesting to see the flowers of Australia, not having had the opportunity to see them in person. We occasionally get over 100F during the summer but here in North Carolina those are unusual events.

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