4.12.2008

signs of life

It's warm here today and I took a short walk around the property. The daffodils are just about ready to pop open, but not pretty enough yet for a picture. But I found this hellebore (also called Lenten rose) half-buried in leaves.

hellebore

I forgot that we planted these last year so it was a nice surprise. I hope to get out later (if it doesn't rain) to do some raking and weeding - there's so much to be done out there!

11 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love those "I forgot I planted that" surprises. How wonderful!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Lovely flower!
Our daffodils and hiacynths are blooming. And I can see the early tulips are about to open. Hopefully the deer won't eat them.

Kimberly :)

Kristin said...

how beautiful :) What a lovely reminder that spring is marching in. :)

Kristin
http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome

Andrea - Under a Blue Moon said...

What a happy surprise. This year in my bed of daffodils two orange tulips showed up! I never ever plant anything orange so I have no idea where they came from.

It was HOT around here today - in the upper 80's. I think Spring is going to skip right by us this year....

Junie Moon said...

What a gorgeous flower! What fun it would be to plant things and forget about them, only later to see these amazing surprises spring up.

Anonymous said...

I am not familiar with this flower. Thank you for posting this surprise beauty. JZ in VA

Rose said...

mesmersizing!

Vintage Kid's Books My Kid Loves said...

Wow. That is nice.

Bonnie said...

That is a Lenten Rose?
They dry very well in a book and then used in card making or altered books.

Bonnie

janet said...

Bonnie, you're right - hellebores are also called Lenten roses!

Helleborus x hybridus or lenten rose - named as the 2005 perennial plant of the year by the Perennial Plant Association - is an attractive shade perennial.

Helleborus are evergreen, late-winter or early-spring flowering members of the buttercup family.

Despite the common name, lenten rose, this plant isn't related to roses, but is a perennial hardy in Zones 4 to 9 that can survive in Zone 3 winters with reliable snow cover.

Anonymous said...

wow - thanks for the Lenten rose information - I have been looking for an early-spring flower and you answered my dilemma for next year! It's going to be about 81 degrees out today so I'm off to multch my "Butterfly" Garden! ( Yes, it's really in the shapes of a giant butterfly with butterfly attracting flowers within!)
~Bailey of PA