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hellebore update

Emily Oster

Hellebores were the subject of my first flower feature last June. I planted one under an oak tree with a bunch of transplanted lily of valley sometime late last spring and have been patiently waiting for it to grow and bloom. Well I waited and waited....

It didn't show signs of growth nor did it seem to be dying until late in the fall did it begin to sprout some new foliage! Not very much but enough to give hope and then over the weekend three beautiful blossoms!

The plant is very small and I have been doing some reading about how to better foster its growth. From what I have gathered, I need to water it more during the summer months, prune back the dead blossoms and foliage in the late spring and most immediately add some compost or fertilizer as spring starts to make its debut. Now just fingers crossed that my lily of the valley transplant last year was successful....

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