Thursday, 4 April 2013

The placing of the hellebore

Hellebores are a star plant this time of year.  They come in many colours, some blousy, some not.  They flower away and if you are like me, if you rub past them as you are weeding they also bring you out in big red wheals up your arms, not all gardening is fun.
As mentioned in a previous post I bought a hellebore the other day, a Harvington Double Yellow Speckled.  It is a very beautiful specimen and I like it a lot.  I needed to think carefully about where it would be placed.  I waited a week before even considering planting it out as I knew the weather was going to be very cold last week.  Hellebores are incredibly hardy, I know once it is established it will be fine, but I did not want to plant it out and have it dip to -3 the same night.
So I started to think about where it should go.  I could put it in the Spring border where the majority of my hellebores are.  This is also the border where I encourage them to self-seed.  It did not feel right though to pop it in with the others.  I briefly considered putting it in the woodland border, but that has a couple of hellebores already and several seedlings and again it just didn't feel right.

I then thought what I wanted to do was put it into the conservatory border.  This border runs from in front of the conservatory (really?) and then up to the Spring border.  The boundary of the two borders is the Bramley tree.
Firstly I thought shall I put it here, just the other side of the Bramley, so it sort of flows the Spring border into the conservatory border.  I liked this thought.
Then I thought, what if I move it a little further down, still linking to the Spring border but a little bit more distinct.
Then, a further thought, what if I move it right down to closer to the conservatory?  There are no hellebores at all in this part of the border, this is where the main bulk of tulips are waiting to start flowering.
No, I realised that my first thought was actually the best, just this side of the Bramley so there is a flow from one border into the other.  So I duly planted her up, wished her well and walked away smiling as my work here was done.


8 comments :

  1. It's nice to have that feeling that you know you made the right choice for a 'choice' plant :)

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  2. I planted my two Harvington Hellebores yesterday, can you believe in this weather they needed a good water in.!

    I've put my two mostly on their own so they will stand out and look beautiful next year.

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    1. After being totally sodden only a week or so ago my garden feels quite dry at the moment, the wind doesn't help I think.

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  3. I know that feeling. It is possible to spend hours wandering around my garden hugging a new plant, wondering where exactly to place it.

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  4. Is that the one we bought on our outing? I haven't planted mine yet. It is in the back porch at eye level where I can enjoy it for another week. Then I shall be doing the same as you. Trying it out in several places before finally planting.

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    1. Yes, still got two of the other plants yet to get out but I'm waiting for the weather to warm up a bit more.

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  5. That is a beautiful hellebore. I too, can spend ages pottering around with a plant in my hand deciding where it should go. I'm glad you found the right place for it.

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  6. I am glad I am not the only one to spend ages deciding where to plant something. Though in my case, it is not at all unusual for me to ponder, ponder some more, plant, and then promptly move it. Sometimes more than once. I'll never be a garden designer!! Lovely hellebore.

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