Monday, April 19, 2010

Helleborus Finale


A close up look at Hellebore flowers.



Hellebore flowers arranged in a 'Pansy Ring' and rice bowl.


I know that this is hardly an original thing to do, but who can resist it at this time of year. There is such pleasure in gathering up the flowers of favourite Hellebores and seeing them the way they can't be viewed in the garden. This year I bought a circular bowl that I later found out is called a Pansy Ring and as it turns out it is perfect for holding the flowers in the up-ward facing position. When I had filled the ring, I used the left over flowers to fill a rice bowl, which I later realized fitted the centre of the ring perfectly.
I realize I've devoted a lot of space in these pages to Helleborus, but they do have a special time and place in the garden at this time of year, and although the are a handsome plant for the rest season, the moment when they are at their best is passing as the season progresses. So it's time to turn my attention to other plants; the Dogwoods look promising and the Redbud is covered in buds. Watch this space!

11 comments:

James Missier said...

Wow.. they look deliciously beautiful.
Are they edible?

Edith Hope said...

Dear Barry, Your arrangement of the hellebore flowers is most attractive and an excellent way of enjoying the last of the blooms. It is indeed sad when these spring flowers go over but, as you say, there is always something else to look forward to.

Unfortunately, I shall be unable to comment or post for the next ten days or so. But, I shall return.

kilbournegrove said...

Barry, the pansy ring looks fabulous, now I wish I had got one too!

The Gaudy Garden said...

I must say, Barry, I'm not a fan of hellebores but that arrangement is beautiful.

Is the Wiz said...

How lovely, they would make a truly delightful centrepiece for a dinner party.

Barry Parker said...

Hi James, definitely not edible. They are in the family Ranunculaceae which are all poisonous.

Barry Parker said...

Dear Edith,
Thank goodness I'm not a Hellebore specialist! I'm afraid my sadness is short lived and I'm on to some other favourite....

I hope you have a good trip, Bon Voyage!

Barry Parker said...

Hi Deborah,
I'll look up the contact info for the vendor that I bought it from.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Jim,
The truth is, Hellebores always take a good picture, they seem to know how to work the camera.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Is, They might upstage the food, don't you think?

. said...

... and they might look so good as a centerpiece that someone might lean in and eat one - yikes!