The Hellebores have finally started blooming in my garden. I'm presenting the first one today for In A Vase on Monday, to meet Cathy's challenge to find something in the garden to plonk in a vase on Monday. Each flower is accompanied by buds for more flowers, so I only cut one flower, and I tried searing the stem in boiling water to seal in sap and keep the flower fresher longer but didn't notice much effect. Here is the Hellebore in my small pinched vase, with some berries from the evergreen shrubby plant Pernettya mucronata, and sprigs of Vinca 'Wojo's Gem'.
I also had a small lidded bowl I wanted to try them in-
I'm always impressed with the green ring of nectaries in the center of the Hellebore flower. My Hellebores were pass-a-longs from a friend and come in a range from white to deep blackish purple, most with speckles on the petals as here. They are one of the super adapted flowers for this climate since they are evergreen with leathery leaves, like the Pernettya, bloom at a time when little else is blooming, and self-sow to an amazing degree so have filled in an area well with many differently colored flowers.
Searing the flower stem didn't seem to help much with one flower, perhaps it would be more successful with a bigger stem but I don't like to cut the small buds as well to get a bigger stem. So I'm enjoying the flowers outside for the most part. So many have an early spring or winter bloom, so I'm happy to finally have some flowers! Hannah
Today I am linking with-
In a Vase on Monday hosted by Cathy
Today's Flowers hosted by Denise
Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Magical Mystical Teacher
I Heart Macro hosted by Laura
©Weeding on the Wild Side, all rights reserved. I enjoy reading your comments, and will visit your blog and leave comments there if possible, but I am not able to do so if google + is the only option, unless you leave an URL to your blog or email address.