Friday, January 21, 2011

First Bloom of 2011

And the prize goes to…


Hellebore (details unknown)

It started out as a cutting from one of the SAGBUTT (Seattle Area Garden Bloggers United To Talk) gardeners, Karen of Gardenwalks if memory serves. During a 2009 gathering I received a cutting from her garden. Last year the plant showed marked growth but it gave no blooms. I first noticed it blooming about a week ago. But it wasn’t until yesterday that I was able to catch a break from the winds and rains to attempt some pictures. Glad I took the time since today the winds and rains are back.

Nearby, under the lilac bush, the snowdrops have pushed up and are in a holding pattern as are most of our other spring bulbs.


These snowdrops still have to wait a spell before they get to shine. But typically around here, February brings a couple weeks of warm, dry, sunny weather.  Come on February! Hurry up and get here already!


RantWoman said...

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

Really fun to see the new blooms.

(Really good to know you pried yourself away from, what is it, Vampire Wars, to go look too!)

Petunia's Gardener said...

Nice to see these signs! I'll be out today looking too. Paula

Wing Nut said...

@Rant Woman -- YES!! That's for sure!

@Petunia -- The various bulbs are pushing up greenery, so perhaps spring will come sometime soon.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love Hellebores! I wonder if it might be the seedling that I brought to one of the meetings?
Today ended up being nice and I found several daffodils making their way up. Your post just reminded me that I planted snowdrops last fall, I'll have to go look for them.

Sarah Laurence said...

Welcome back both blooms and posts! All we have is more blooming snow in Maine.

verO said...

Ici, en Suisse, le printemps n'est pas encore là. Les bulbes ne sortent pas encore de terre. Et c'est dommage, car je n'aime pas l'hiver. Ici, c'est trop long.
Merci pour les visites et les commentaires.

Dianne said...

New blooms are so worth the effort, though I don't know how you keep your sanity with all the rain! The gorgeous green growth must make for a nice trade off.

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themanicgardener said...

It's lovely. But I've never heard of a place where ANYTHING blooms before the snowdrops.

Kathryn/ said...

You're back! Yay! With a lovely bloom and tales of rain, which I do believe are on their way down here. :( Oh, well, we've had some good hot sun. Cannot complain. I'll try to wish some up your way. :)

sampetrova said...

it's really awesome.
pnr status

VictLuck@weed said...

That new blossom That new blossom is so lovely. I hope I will see a new bloom flower at my garden so lovely.

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Julia Roberts said...

I adore Hellebores! We speculate when it may be this plant that i given on the list of group meetings?
Currently ended up becoming nice in addition to I found numerous daffodils producing their own approach way up. Your current write-up merely reminded everyone that i planned and planted snowdrops final fall, I am going to have to proceed look for these people.

Nelson said...

This type of is cool as hellebores are relatively care-free plants as well as will grow in a great variety of soil conditions.