Janet - that's an interesting flower on Helleborus thibetanus with such strong veining. The plant I have is much more like the picture on the front of Burrell and Tyler's book - a soft-pink overall. It would be interesting to know how much variation there is in this plant? Unfortunately in our garden the flowers open at ground level and are badly munched by slugs; I must remember next year to protect it.
Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
Tim, it certainly would be interesting to know about the range of variation in H. thibetanus. This is actually the very first time my plant has bloomed, so for all I know the strongly pink veins could be an environmental effect of blooming in atypical weather. Though a google image search does show that other flowers with more-or-less white background and pink veins.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, zone 7a
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My plant is plain white. Picture from last spring.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
A few Helleborus in flower today.
Helleborus Ashwood hybs
Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland
Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs
A few more.
Helleborus niger, battered by the rain.
Michael, beauties each and every one!
The difference in climates is amplified this time of year, when seeing plants in bloom during the dead of winter, when everything is quite frozen and dormant here, thankfully with a layer of snow still present. But its a pleasure seeing such magnificent Hellebore blooms, even when it seems off season to us in New England.
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Michael, I have to echo Mark: They are beautiful! You seem to have escaped the winter cold so far?Although some of my plants showed colour at Yuletide the last 3 cold weeks brought a stop to that. And now we have gotten 10cm of snow but today it is raining :-\
Hepatica Japonica Kosino maboroshi,Hepatica japonica Kuukai Hepatica Purple Nidan Sakihepatica nobilis dark blue.
Lovely hellebores, Michael! I really like those that are single but with striking colours, ditto for the last Hepatica. We are still 2-3 months away from seeing the ground let alone signs of plant life outdoors ;)
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/