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A close-up look at the Hellebores in our garden.

Hellebores never fail to amaze. They flower early and continue in bloom for a long time. They present an unusual range of colours and markings on their petals which can vary in shape. We tend to choose reds and purples, plain and spotted and whites and creams mostly plain.

Let us start by venturing out into the borders armed with flower trug and secateurs, ignoring the chill in the air and nipping off a collection of flowers in a variety of colours.

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The individuality of each is best appreciated by displaying them floating in a shallow bowl of water.

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Now for a real challenge – looking closely and trying to show their character in water colours. I have chosen the deepest blue-mauve, the yellow-green and the pale yellow with purple streaks.

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By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

15 replies on “A close-up look at the Hellebores in our garden.”

Thanks for the comments. We have been building up our collection of Hellebores for a few years now and this year we suddenly think we have got there. We enjoy them so much. Malc

Okay, now you’re showing off. You’re a great photographer, wonderful gardener, AND you paint with watercolors. Just kidding – I took a watercolor class and was a total failure. I’m impressed. 🙂

Cheers Judy. Getting back to watercolours was my challenge for 2013. I have started with plants and when I am brave enough I am going to tackle birds again. I haven’t tried painting them for years. One of these days I hope to suddenly feel up to the challenge. Malc

Malc, your sketches are engaging. I enjoy your interpretations of a late winter treat that stays throughout early Spring. I like that you deconstructed the flowers, which are glorious but even I cannot help to record them.

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