Hellebores

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cohan
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Thanks, Amy-- I've seen a lot of abused and waterlogged plants, but never run into any plant that smelled like this in my life!

I took them out of the pots the other day, and thought to remove soil, but the rootball was absolutely solid and I wasn't able to remove more than a few bits from the top-- I know I could have cut it apart but since its going to be a long time still until they can go outside and be planted there, and have another root disturbance, I hesitated to tear them apart now, especially since they were making new leaves..
What I did was wash and wash and wash them, then douse the whole rootball with cinnamon (an effective fungicide, don't know if it has any effect on bacteria) and while my housemate was sleeping, left them out in the living room a while where it's warmer to dry a bit more (and again the next night), and left them out of the pots when they went back into the cool room..
This had some benefit it seems, as the room still smells (my friend said ' Now it smells like cinnamon vomit') but its no longer strong enough to fill the whole house with the smell! I'm not sure how much of the rot was affecting the roots vs the soil, since the plants always looked healthy.. the new leaves were a little chagrined by my vigorous washing, but don't seem fatally damaged.. I just checked on them now, hadn't looked in a day or two, and I will probably need to water them tomorrow, but they do look like they should survive....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Helleborus purpurascens.  This past winter is the first one where both my plants wanted to stay evergreen.  The previous four years, the leaves always turned yellow in the fall.  It seems that for my climate, it might be a maturity thing.

             

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

RickR
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Cole Burrell mentioned one time that he tends to prefer the darker hellebore flowers over light colored ones.  This, because the darker colors hold longer into the late spring.  Here is a good example with Ivory Prince and Royal Heritage.  
First pictures taken 25 March.
Second photos one month later, 25 April.

       

       

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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Interesting observation, Rick, both really nice!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Toole
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Winter down here on the southern coast of NZ has been generally mild ,we've missed the snow storms that have affected inland and eastern areas further north however it's the absence of frosts that is so noticeable .

July is our coldest month, however day time temps are forecast to reach double figures for most of the week and during a walk around the garden today i see heaps of early bulbs ,mainly  Crocus ,Iris,Romulea and Galanthus in bud ......In the meantime a few Hellebores ,(nothing special) ,are showing colour .

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Hoy
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Dave, how was the winter last year?

You can still get some bad weather I guess!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Toole
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It's following the same pattern as last year Trond .Sure we'll get a few cool fronts coming through from the south yet ,however once bulbs start flowering my mind is on other things ...smile (ie I have a bud on Romulea sabulosa a spectacular large flowered South African which i keep on checking daily, tracking it's progress)

 

Cheers Dave.

As an aside why does this posting not show up as the most recent contribution under the Family ,Genus,Species thread ?.

 

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Mark McD
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Dave, regarding posts not listed as being the most recent under the "Family, Genus, Species" board, we suspect this happens because it's a series of nested sub-boards.  By the way, forum "boards" or topic categories are called "forums" on this new forum, that's not confusing, is it ;-)

This small defect you mention is discussed in the General Forum > topic named  "New NARGS Forum - Issues, Question, Suggestions"
https://www.nargs.org/comment/23302#comment-23302

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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I hope our approaching winter will follow another course than the 3 previous ones. They were bad - dry and cold. Fingers crossed.

It is obviously always the orchid thread that shows, you now!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Toole
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Thanks for the explanation Mark.

As a prompt I've just gone and read the whole topic  "New NARGS Forum-Issues ,Question, Suggestions"...(As I'm a bit tired tonight I have to admit that some of the suggestions/workarounds to other issues are a bit ' heavy ' for me to make sense of at the moment , so guess I'll have to have another look this weekend--smile).

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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