In a Vase on Monday: Hello Hellebores!

It is so good to be able to pick flowers again to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday vase meme. 😃

Well, only one flower actually, as this is the first Hellebore to flower in the butterfly bed. But lots of buds are coming along on this and several other hellebores.

This one is Paradenia, one of the HGC collection, and is a fresh pale pink which shows up well in an otherwise brown garden bed.

I added some dark red Heuchera leaves that are beginning to regain some colour, a sprig of rosemary and and a sprig of Euonymus. The narrow necked jar stands on my latest gardening magazine on my desk… open at a page with gorgeous photos of spring bulbs and hellebores that are a sight for winter-tired eyes.

And on the book-rest behind I have a favourite double page open which is what my dream garden would look like… inspiration for new plans. 😃

I have not found it in English, but alone the pictures of this beautiful garden that the author created are stunning. Peter Janke was clearly inspired by the Beth Chatto garden where he worked for a couple of years before starting on the design of his own garden in Germany. His website is also partly in English:

Sadly this garden is far too far away (10-hour drive!) for a visit. 🙃

Thanks to Cathy for hosting the meme, and wishing you all a good week ahead.


39 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Hello Hellebores!

  1. That’s a lovely, pale-pink hellebore, Cathy. I’m glad your spring is creeping in. While you wait for the fullness to arrive, perusing books and catalogs is the thing to do to whet your appetite!

  2. Oh that book is a glorious background to your pretty hellebore, and what pleasure both must give you. Do you plan to use some of the ideas from his garden in yours?

    • Yes! The grasses will of course play a big role and I want to use more Stipa tenuissima in the garden. It looks so lovely all year round with the wind blowing through it. And Verbena bonariensis of course. This book has probably been the most inspiration of all for the new garden. 🙂

  3. Cathy sorry that I have been absent from blogging for so long but I am very depressed and I don’t feel like anything and I have been sick with viral gastroenteritis. I love your Hellebore Paradenia, it has a beautiful pink color. And I really like that you accompany it: the red heuchera leaf, rosemary and Euonymus. It is a divine vase on a garden background that I love: it must be a wonderful book. Thank you very much for leaving the address, I have taken it and only the cover promises much. And your magazine is beautiful. Surely you get a garden as lovely as the one in the book. I don’t know when I will write again. Cathy have a happy and wonderful week. Take care Margarita’s affectionate greetings 😀

      • Thank you very much for your kind words and for your encouragement. You’re a good friend. I’m still very depressed and not wanting to do anything. Your beautiful hellebore has made me smile just like your fabulous book. A big greeting from Margarita.Thank you very much for your kind words and for your encouragement. You’re a good friend. I’m still very depressed and not wanting to do anything. Your beautiful hellebore has made me smile just like your fabulous book. A big greeting from Margarita.

  4. I can understand why you love that garden display, Cathy, and I shall being checking out the link you provided momentarily – that’s my kind of garden! The hellebore is beautiful with its sweet companions backed by the garden of your dreams.

    • Thanks Kris. This garden book is a great inspiration and also contains a lot of information on the plants used. One day I hope to visit the author‘s garden. 😉

  5. That little vase is beautifully put together and a promise of things to come. The hellebore is a very delicate shade of pink.

  6. How delightful to see that the hellebore is blooming, and I think the promise of spring must be in the air. I do love your inspiration photo. I know that I, too, have some books providing inspiration. My garden areas look a little sad and neglected at the moment. I think I need to tap into some of that inspiration soon. 🙂

    • Hi Debra. It is very mild at the moment, but I know another cold spell is inevitable so I am trying not to get too excited about any new shoots appearing!

  7. Absolutely lovely pink hellebore. The only thing appearing here are a couple snowdrops and those are a few weeks early at that. Seeing yours and any sign of growth gives one hope.
    I checked out that blog, and what pure loveliness – a sight for sore eyes. I think I’m going to use a lot of veronica bonariensis in my garden planning this year. That is providing they reseed from last years mammoth crop. Strategically placed, they add such airiness and elegance to the garden.
    It’s been warm here the last 2 days with sunshine and oh, what hope it gives. Turning cold and icy tonight, so back to winter for awhile. Thank you for sharing your breath of spring with us.

    • Hi Cindy. I have one single snowdrop… somehow they just don‘t want to settle in my new garden! But the hellebores are so hardy and usually start flowering in February here. We also had a mild spell, but back to frosty nights again now. I don‘t mind as long as the sun comes out! Have a good week Cindy!

  8. Oh you must be delighted to be picking flowers again Cathy! I like your words ‘winter-tired’ eyes. Apart from looking forward to seeing spring flowers I’m sure my eyes are weary at this time of year as they struggle to cope with hours of artificial light. The book looks most inviting. A ten hour drive – is that one way or return? Maybe a holiday destination one day 😃

    • Hi Anna. Yes, that is one way… I looked the route up on google maps! And most of that is motorways. Can‘t imagine ever wanting to go that way on holiday as it is the middle of industrial Germany, but perhaps if we ever drive to England we could do a detour that way. Trains are pretty good here too, but I would want a trailer with me for all the plants I would want to buy! LOL! 😜

    • Thanks! Yes, I managed to find two new Hellebores in our garden centre which is mostly closed up still for winter. In a couple of weeks or so there should be more choice I hope!

    • Hi Eunice. They are tough plants, flopping in ice and frost but as soon as the temperature rises above freezing they stand up again and last for weeks. 😃

      • Wow I must add them right now all ice here so tough on living things been so warm we get snow then melt over and over. Taking orders for Pansies for our garden club they will be here before Easter I for one can not wait for their color and pretty faces 🙂

  9. Your wordplay with hello and hellebore sent me looking for the origin of the latter in the American Heritage Dictionary: Middle English ellebre, from Old French, from Latin elleborus, from Greek helleboros : perhaps hellos, fawn + -boros, eaten (from bibrōskein, to eat.

      • The poisonous part suits English hell, even if the word isn’t etymologically related.

        Plants that are poisonous to us aren’t necessarily poisonous to animals. I wondered if deer can eat hellebore but online sites say the plant is toxic for them, too. I found one site that reported deer eating hellebore, but that seems to have been because the deer were starving.

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