I meant to post about tomatoes today, but with the weather so warm and spring-like I headed off to my friend Barry’s garden to photograph some early spring ephemerals before they are gone.
Barry has several interesting hellebores in his woodland garden. I used to consider these plants too hoity-toity for me. In fact, I would remember their name by thinking “hell-of-a-bore.” While they are not cheap plants to buy (a little rich for my thin wallet), I’ve come around to them primarily because they arrive early when much of the garden is still asleep. Barry has one that blooms in January when absolutely nothing else is in bloom outdoors.
The variety pictured above is ‘Jade Tiger,’ a pretty green double flower with dark edges that was bred by Marietta O’Byrne at Northwest Garden Nursery. There is all kinds of variation in hellebores and the same is true for this strain — no two are alike.