Hi all! It’s been a while.
Posting again…and hopefully will be more consistent in sharing my thoughts on gardening, or flower arranging, or cooking, or whatever strikes my fancy. I’ve written about hellebores before, but I think this idea is so fun that I want to share. It’s easy enough to dig up cultural information on Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis). I even have a prior post on them on my blog if you scroll back a couple of years. But, today I focus on how to enjoy the flowers up close and personal. In the garden hellebore blossoms droop down and don’t look the viewer in the eye. As pretty as they are, they do not draw you in. You must make a point of bending down and looking at the blooms from a low vantage point- an effort rewarded by enjoying their beauty and diversity.
I love viewing hellebore flowers at close range. Unfortunately, they pretty much suck as cut flowers. Key is to cut them after seed capsules have formed. Check out the flower at 1 o’clock in the image above. The stamens have matured to the point that blooms will not droop within 2 hours of plunking them in a vase. This is the stage where stems can be reliably cut and placed in a vase. Better yet, cut a range of hellebore flowers super-short, as I have done here, then float them in a shallow bowl. Each flower is looking right up at you! From dusky plum, to ivory edged in purple, or with creamy sepals freckled in burgundy or a sweet mauve-y pink, each flower’s inherent beauty can be observed and enjoyed.
As we kick off this spring season take a moment to savor the first flowers in your garden. March and April are chock-full of chores, but taking a beat and bringing flowers into your home is a great way to kick off spring!