All of these photos were taken this past Friday, March 27. With six weeks of constant rain mixed with freezing temperatures, there hasn’t been an ideal opportunity to photograph anything in my gardens until now. Sadly, because of this bad weather mix, a lot of the late winter bloomers have long passed their photogenic hour. This round of photos showcases current individual bloomers, because the rest of the perennials are just now beginning to emerge. Photographing the entire garden will happen some time in late June or early July.
The hellebores bloomed two weeks early this year. Nonetheless, their timing seems right with Mardi Gras and Lent happening in less than two weeks. These blooms can last up to two, maybe three months, and the hellebores that are in deeper shade have yet to bloom. You’ll find two more photos by clicking the link below.
The Peacock Kale and Giant Red Mustard plants have exploded up and out. If you want to, refer to this previous post to see how they looked when newly planted. Since these photos were taken, the kale has started to fall over, and the pansies have been suffocated to death. With the steadily increasing temperatures, there is nothing to do but to relegate them to the compost heap or maybe eat them. This will leave me with a pockmarked garden until the summer annuals arrive at our local nurseries. That should be a month away, and in the mean time, I refuse to fill in the voids with short term spring color. For me, that’s a waste of my money and my time.
Otherwise known as hellebore. Even after enduring this last winter’s extreme weeks of constant freezing ice cover, they survived unscathed and bloomed two weeks ago. Unfortunately, my computer upgrades have kept me from photoshopping these images until now.
Lenten roses are the first to flower in my garden, alerting me that Lent and spring are just around the corner. During the summer, they are usually hidden from view by the surrounding foliage. But once these deciduous neighbors shed their leaves, the hellebore is ready to perform, providing a bleak winter garden with color.