It's an exciting time for me because my hellebores are in bloom! Inspired by a photo I saw a few months ago in Sweet Peas For Summer, I rushed out to pick as many blooms as I could to float in a bowl. That turned out to be only four, as the rest haven't opened fully enough to float, so I filled the rest of the bowl with camellia blossoms. I love all these soft pastel hues, and the frilly petals mirror the fluted shape of the handmade pottery bowl I found recently while op shopping.
I visited my mum recently and she had two hellebores. I was instantly smitten with the one above left, which has amazing fluted petals in soft pink. This photo doesn't really do it justice, because it drooped as soon as I divided and transported a clump. But there are another couple of buds still on it, and if not this year there's always next. Above right is a common maroon spotted one, I do love its freckled cheeks though and it would have been lovely if it was flowering fully so I could put it in my bowl!
These are two I got last year. The left one is a picotee and the right one is called Pink Lady. They both have really large, bell shaped flowers that have bloomed for the first time this year. I really love the clear pink of Pink Lady, I was expecting it to be a bit more muddy but it's quite lovely.
I do think hellebores have been lumped with an unfortunate name as they are so much prettier and less boring than the name implies! A common name is Winter Rose but I don't really call anything but a rose a rose, so I'm kind of stuck. Perhaps I'll just keep calling them my beautiful darlings.