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  1. Apr 22, 2011 #1

    Erythrone

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    Well... There is still a lot of snow here. Many shrubs are still under a heavy snow covor!

    But some plants begin to grow and bloom in the suniest parts of the garden. Pulmonaria and Helleborus are showing their buds... 1 month later thant last year.

    My favorite spring iris: Katherine Hogkin. So easy!!!

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    One of my favorite crocus:

    C. sieberi Tricolor.

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    That Iris is awesome!
     
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    The blue iris is impressive!
     
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    wow! that's some iris!

    what kind of hellebores do you have?
     
  5. Apr 22, 2011 #5

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    likespaph, here is my list. Most are orientalis hybrids but I have a few species. The older ones are H. dumetorum atrorubens (although I am not sur of the ID) an H. niger.

    Here, Helleborus never bloom in winter, because of the snow cover.

    Helleborus dumetorum atrorubens
    Helleborus foetidus
    Helleborus niger Ras Buis
    Helleborus niger
    Helleborus orientalis Betty Ranicar
    Helleborus x sternii
    Helleborus orientale Ruse Black
    Helleborus Walhelivor Ivory Prince
    Helleborus Blue metallic lady
    Helleborus Red Lady
    Helleborus foetidus Westerflisk
    Helleborus x sternii Pewter Strain
    Helleborus x hybridus Free Spirit Best Yellow
    Helleborus x hybridus Free Spirit Best Black
    Helleborus Grand Burgundy
    Helleborus Apricot
    Helleborus Ashwood Gold Finch
    Helleborus Elegant White
    Helleborus corsica Pacific Frost
    Helleborus Mardi Gras Maroon Red
    Helleborus Picotee
    Helleborus Ashwood Double Pink
    Helleborus Ashwood Double White
    Helleborus Winter Dreams Black
    Helleborus Inconnue double blanche
    Helleborus Peppermint Ice
    Helleborus Onyx Odyssey
    Helleborus Golden Lotus Strain
    Helleborus Double Queen
    Helleborus Red Montain
    Helleborus Brandywine Strain Pink Speckled
    Helleborus Mardi Gras Pink
    Helleborus Brandywine Strain Pale Pink
    Helleborus Hot Flash
    Helleborus Mardi Gras Red Splashed Yellow
    Helleborus Golden Sunrise
    Helleborus Double Fantasy
    Helleborus Pink Picotee
    Helleborus x Cherry Blossom
    Helleborus Green Corsican
    Helleborus orientalis Banana Cream Pie
    Helleborus nigercors Northern Beauty
    Helleborus Winter Dream Pale Pink
    Helleborus Winter Jewell Jade Tiger
    Helleborus Winter Dream Pink Bicolor
    Helleborus Swirling Skirts
    Helleborus Winter Jewell Cotton Candy
    Helleborus Winter Jewell Harlequin Gem
    Helleborus HGC Joshua
    Helleborus Snow White
    Helleborus Black Diamond
    Helleborus Mardi Gras Apricot
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    What zone are you in? I just overwintered H. niger with a lot of winter cover in zone 2/3. I would love to have more!

    Is that Iris one of the mini ones that only grows a few inches high? Looks great!
     
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    Kevin, our garden is zone 4a or 3b if we take a look at the hardiness map of Canada (USDA 3...). Almost all of our plants are hady to zone 4 or 5. We also grow some zone 6 like a Gunnera... but I protect it every year.

    I don't really care about zone for perennials because of the snow cover.
    And the garden is surrounded by forest.

    I think that you must try Helleborus Ivory Prince. It seems to be a very hardy plant. Much hardier than what it is written in catalogs!!! It grows quickly.

    There are also some clones of H. niger that can be interesting for you, like Double Fantasy, if you like double flowers!! A true beauty.

    If you want to try orientalis hybrids, maybe you can buy some "inexpensive" plants like Royal Heritage or the Ladies series. They are from seeds so they are all different. But if you buy the Ladies series you can almost be sure to get a red one is you buy a Red Lady, a very dark one if you buy a metallic blue Lady or a white one if you buy white spotted lady.

    If you are unable to find some at your garden center you can find some at Fraser Thimble Farm or Canning Perennials for example. Gardenimport sell many good Helleborus but they are expensive.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2011 #9

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    I agree!!!
     
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    For the Iris, it is a bulbous one, but it is not a reticulata.

    The flowers are much larger than the flowers of Iris reticulata . The plant height is now near 6 inches... but the foliage will appear later and is much taller. It is the best bulbous iris I tried, and I tried a lot!!!
     
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    Beautiful crocus! My Helleborus is just starting to open now.
     
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    wow!
    i've only got a couple of H niger 'Jacob', a purpurescens and some Brandywine
    do they bloom for you?
    please post photos, if possible
     
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    Yes, likespaphs. Except H. corsica, H. foetidus, Hot Flash and some very young plants, they all bloom for us. I will show you previous years pictures tomorrow since Helleborus are not in bloom now.
     
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    Yay! I'm excited to see them too!
     
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    Very nice Iris!!! Jean
     
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    Lantern roses and Christmas roses (Helleborus)

    Some pix from previous years. Sorry for the grayish color of some picutures.

    Helleborus niger "Double Fantasy". [​IMG]

    Helleborus Apricot

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    Helleborus dumetorum atrorubens. 15 years old plant
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    Hellebore Onyx Odyssey
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    Hellebore Ruse Black
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    Hellebore Blue Metallic Lady
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    Helleborus Green Corsican
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    Betty Ranicar
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    Brandywine Strain
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    Free Spirit Best Yellow
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    Grand Burgundy
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    Unknown white
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    Mardi Gras Maroon Red
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    Cherry Blossom
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    Red Lady
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    Double Queen
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    Brandywine Strain
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    those are great!
    thanks so much for posting!!
     
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    Your photos are beautiful Erythrone! What a lovely taste of spring. :clap:
     
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    :drool::drool::drool::drool:
     

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