Glorious Helleborus

I always have problems photographing my Hellebores. So, inspired by Susie at pbmgarden, I cut some and brought them indoors. In fact it was probably also Susie who gave me the tip to float them in a bowl of water….

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So glad I tried it! Thanks Susie!

This is an excellent way to study the detail of the centres of the flowers, which normally hang their heads and are easy to overlook.

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Actually I don’t know the names of any of these…

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…but I don’t mind at all.

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Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

57 thoughts on “Glorious Helleborus

  1. Very beautiful blossoms and a fascinating idea! I loved to see your glorious Helleborus yesterday at teatime. Thank you, my dear friend! I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Elisabeth

    • I have obviously been missing out on this well-guarded secret of floating them! I can now see why some people are so smitten by them, whereas in the garden I always have to make the effort to tiptoe through spring bulbs towards one and turn its head up to see it!

  2. These are gorgeous Cathy! Love that deep red color. Thanks for the mention. I have some floating also but am sadly I missed out on a planned trip to an open house at a hellebore farm with some friends today due to icy weather. Next year I’ll make it.

  3. Well, isn’t that glorious!!! I admire you girls who have the courage to chop them off for the bowl – I’m just such a coward. Enjoy your beautiful display and the weekend, Cathy πŸ™‚

  4. Hellebores are indeed hard to take photos of Cathy unless you are a contortionist or grow them at a high enough level so that they look down on you. You have some fine bathing belles there.

    • Yes, it’s still a bit cold and damp to sprawl across the flower beds to get a decent picture! LOL! Perhaps I need a raised bed for them….

  5. Beautiful pictures Cathy! Hellebores are one of my favorites, I have alot of them growing on the northside garden beds! You did a great job with the pictures, the close-ups are great! Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Deb! The photography problems occur when the flowers are still attached to the stems and facing downwards, less than a foot above the ground, which is wet and full of sprouting spring bulbs…. πŸ˜‰

    • I’m enjoying them too Christina. And looking forward so much to another year of seeing everyone’s beautiful plants and gardens! Have a good week!

  6. Floating is best. When I try to use them as cut flowers they drop stamens all over. There is something about the reflective glass and water, too, that show them to best advantage. Your pics are brilliant.

    • Thank you Marian! I have never had enough to cut before, but they have got well established now after a mild winter. It seems I’m one of the last to have found out how to display them to their best though! πŸ˜€ Have a good week Marian!

    • I’m definitely a “plonk it in a vase” type too! Here it’s a case of plonking them in a bowl of water instead – much simpler! You can’t go wrong! πŸ˜‰

  7. Well done, Cathy, your Christrosen look very good. I had no idea they could have all these colours, I only was familiar with the white ones.

    • There are so many different shades and markings – I’ve seen lots of photos on other blogs recently. And my white ones flowered well for the first time ever this year, so I’m happy! Have a good week Dina! πŸ˜€

  8. It’s nice how you can see more of the speckling inside the flowers. Funny how I knew the hellebores in a bowl trick, but never heard the peony in a bowl trick until you mentioned it. I have the perfect weak stemmed double peony for this!

    • I bet there are a few other flowers that would look best if floated too, but the peony trick does look quite stunning as a centrepiece on the table… you have to shake the ants out first though! (Do your peonies get covered in ants too?)

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