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lenten rose – helleborus

11 Jan

lenten rose - helleborus

After about a week of below-freezing weather, we’re having one of those nice breaks where daytime temperatures near 60 degrees. A walk round the garden revealed 1″ buds on the Lenten rose. These flowers often are the first to bloom, even before crocus. They’ll spend the next several weeks growing stems, to a height of 6″-10″, before the flowers open. There also are tiny buds on pachysandra (a shade-loving ground cover) and witch hazel. Witch hazel seems to need a period of hard freeze followed by a warm period, so the weather is perfect. I’ve seen it bloom as early as January and as late as March, so I’ll have to keep an eye on that bush.

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