How come every winter I decide I can squeeze one more Hellebore in? Probably because there's barely anything blooming right now. I found this Helleborus Niger 'Jacob' and thought it would brighten up a spot in the garden. Where, I don't know, but I'll find a good spot that I can see from inside the house.
While carrying 'Jacob' around I found a clearance table at the nursery. Everything was at least 50% off! There were lots of really good plants on it too, but I was good and just found a few.
After seeing the Hellebores in the nursery I decided to see what the Hellebores in my garden were doing. These are Lenten Rose type Hellebores and they bloom toward the end of February whereas the H. Nigers also called "Christmas Rose" are blooming right around now.
A self seeded Red Valerian in my backyard blooming now which seems very late, but I'll take that color anyday!
Violas seem to love this half wine barrel. I think they are protected enough that the cold temperatures don't seem to bother them. I'm also very happy to see all those buds on the Pieris. I find myself checking for buds on other plants like Camellias and Sarcococcas. Just seeing those buds helps me through the cold weather because I know there is the promise of flowers to come.
Daphne 'Summer Ice' will bloom up until about January and then take a month or two off before it's back in bloom again. This is an evergreen shrub and those flowers smell so good!
Isn't the new growth on Abelia pretty? It didn't bloom long this year but the pink here is almost as good. It's mostly an evergreen shrub unless we get many days really cold weather, and then it will lose most of its leaves.
Our backyard gets the most sun during the winter and spring and so I love to go and stand on the deck to soak up the sun when it's out. I've been adding more and more container plantings to this area. The red flowers are Cyclamen and Pansies There are a few more containers that aren't seen in this picture that are planted with tulip bulbs. I've seen signs of digging, but so far no bulbs are gone. I think the squirrels still prefer the apples that are left on the tree.
We had a beautiful sunrise this morning with lots of oranges in it, tonight's sunset is just as pretty. As nice as it is I do look forward to when the sunset is later than 4:20 pm!All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.