The Garden In January!

January 31, 2012 — 1 Comment

Hellebore in my Garden Today!

I haven’t written a gardening post in a while, since there hasn’t been much to report except the impending removal of the bamboo. But since the weather is so warm today I thought I would take a closer look and see what is going on. I think the relatively warm winter is throwing my plants off. Some of my perennials that normally die back to the ground still have leaves on them, a lot of my spring bulbs are up (at least the leaves) and some plants seem genuinely confused.  I am nervous that a cold snap may end up causing a lot of damage, but for the moment I am going to enjoy the garden! My hellebores are blooming (well at least my common variety). They are still slouched over (like they aren’t quite sure what to think of the weather). When they normally bloom in March I cut the old leaves off which helps the blooms perk up, but I don’t dare do that right now since they could provide good protection in case of bad weather. I did manage to hold one up and take the picture above. I have quite a few younger hellebores of several varieties that are not blooming, but that may have to due with their young age. They do all still have leaves on them.

Hellebores Slouched Over

Hellebores w/ no flowers yet, but beautiful leaves

Most of my coral bells (heuchera) still have leaves on as well. Normally the leaves that are left at this point are brown and ugly! Additionally the first of my snow drops are starting to bloom. They normally bloom in February/March. I am also impressed with how nice my yucca looks paired with a plant that I am forgetting the name of at the moment. I picked both up at the clearance bin at Tyler Arboretum in the summer.

Coral Bells

Snow Drops mixes with Forget-Me-Nots


I am also loving the heavenly bamboo (nandina) that I see planted in several gardens around here. I planted a couple of small bushes myself this fall and they look lovely! And they have guaranteed winter interest.

Is there anything interesting blooming in your garden right now?

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