It’s been a long time coming. A week ago there were five inches of snow on the ground. The hellebores, though in full bloom, bent double under the weight of the snow. But those hearty plants are built for Michigan springs. They are the only thing in bloom right now.
I do have an addition to the garden, a four footed helper. Say hello to Bridget, an 8-year old standard poodle.
This Painted Hellebore has always been a welcomed spot of spring.
A friend gave me this hellebore, a division from his garden. I think it is a Heronswood Purple, but there are a number of deep purple hellebores.
Most of the faded hydrangeas get trimmed in late fall, but a few limelights were left behind. I like the way the sun catches them.