As much as I love them, my Christmas roses rarely look pristine this time of year. Lots of flowers, but always battered and bruised by wind, rain, frost and often quite a bit of blackspot as well. But from my window I don't see the imperfections, and all the blooms look like perfect little lights dotted all over my borders. I know the truth, but I enjoy the fantasy as well.
I love how the hellebore leaves stay green when just about everything else folds into gray mud @ulrikagustafsson. We're not quite there yet, there is still a lot of green here and there, but as most things shut down, miss hellebore runs the show! -As long as I manage to strike a balance between cutting and keeping, to ensure the right amount of circulating air.
Yes, it’s lovely with some green with everything else looking very grey. I’ve got two right beside eachother, one flowering in August and the other one full of buds right now. I must confess that I don’t take care of them very well but they seem to thrive anyway. I have a red one but it flowered in spring. There is nothing that’ is green here now, the hellebore buds are something to focus on, it gives me a little hope.
This is one of the nigers I got at 70% when my local nursery was selling out to minimize stock over the winter. It must have dropped quite a few seeds while it sat there all season, because those little seedlings look very promising.
I must admit that none of my many Nigers resulted from homegrown babies - though I found quite a few seedlings this year, so there might be many more in my future. These past few years I've been buying discounted hellebores (plural - one is never enough, you know) each autumn. Do you think I'll be able to stop myself from doing it again this year? @columbiariver
Sounds like you have a better approach than I do. I need to find small hellebore plants around this time of year, but I haven't. The nurseries I frequent are closed now. I should add to my route! I need to travel to find good ones. You'll buy more this year, I'm pretty sure Mona! Please show us when you do!
I always think summer is too short @gjones , but I kind of like autumn too. Could do without January and February, though. I see you've had frost already. Our nights are about 6c still, with days around 15c.
I love my nigers, but chances are they aren’t completely happy in my wet conditions. I’m sure some of it is black spot, but quite a lot seems to be just plain rot. I cut back and tidy up as best as I can and hope for a better next year. Getting rid of them is not an option, because the foliage is fine and I love the fresh green it provides almost all year round.
@gjones @columbiariver, To me, they shine like little lights, and it almost feels like a miracle how they're hardly affected by the brown, slimy sogginess that surrounds them. I just love them more and more!
I'd be happy to share @Acetaker, but I have never tried to propagate hellebores by root cuttings, so I don't know if it will work. Perhaps other GTers have some experience with this? This niger will also be moved to a more permanent location this spring, so the roots will be easily accessible for cuttings if you want to give it a try.
Hi! Yes,I'd love to try that. I believe roots would be just fine with them kept moist for the trip. Just take the city g and wrap a damp paper towel around it and out in in a ziplock bag. If you want to try just let me know and I'll keep a eye out for them.. TY 😍
I sure will😊 Mine is: firstname.lastname@example.org keep in touch My email I just sent came from another be I had that keeps messing up. Plz send bk a small email from u to this email I just gave u above..TY AND CHAT SOON 😍 @emve
Most of my nigers come out looking like they were sprayed with mud. I think it is because it has been so extremely wet, but it might also be the beginnings of black spot. Will have to keep an eye on them.
The other day, while I was in the back of a border tying down a climbing rose, I accidentally dropped a piece of twine. As I sifted through fallen leaves to look for it, I found this little beauty instead.
Oh and @cyndi, I think that umbrella-thing for the feeder has evolved into something quite different than you and I discussed - into something I am fairly certain I'll be able to pull off on my own... The project will take me some time, but I am excited - stay tuned😉