The challenge is on! After clipping from my yard a bouquet of daffodils one weekend, followed by two bouquets of camellias the next weekend, I decided to challenge myself to create a free yard bouquet every week. This week I chose hellebores (and a surprise second bouquet which I’ll get to shortly).
Late last summer, I told my friend and neighbor Fred that I was planning the now infamous little landscape project in our front yard. Shortly thereafter, Fred appeared with an enormous hellebore to give me to add to the project. He got it from a friend of his who had a slew of them in her yard. Together, they dug up this hellebore for me, just because Fred thought it might look nice in my front yard. Fred has actually given us a lot of plants over the past few years, which is either because he really likes us, or he takes pity on our sorry state of a yard. Either way, I’m happy to have them.
As I was planting the hellebore last fall, it unexpectedly fell apart into two plants, so I planted both. A month or so later, Fred came by with a third hellebore. I love hellebores because they’re green year round, and then in late winter they put forth really beautiful, freckled flowers. They’re one of the first flowering plants around here, and I always welcome them as a sign that winter is coming to a close. These hellebores began blooming in late January and they’ve been nonstop since then.
I think this variety is Helleborus x hybridus, also called Lenten Rose. Recently, I went to the nursery to buy one more hellebore, but they were $12 for a very small container, so I skipped it. One great thing about hellebores is that they spread nicely on their own if you just have a little patience (ah, not my strong suit). Anyhow, for my third yard bouquet, I just clipped about a dozen flowers and put them in a jar:
I mentioned that I made a second bouquet. We have these delicate white flowers in various places in the yard. I googled around to figure out what they’re called, and I think they’re Leucojum vernum, or Spring snowflake:
Aren’t those green dots just silly fun? These flowers have been in bloom several weeks and are probably about done, so I figured it was now or never to cut them. I originally put them in the bouquet with the hellebores, but decided I wasn’t crazy about mixing the two. So, since I’d already cut them, I just made a second little bouquet.
Yes, that’s a champagne glass they’re in. I didn’t have a small, thin vase which is really what these called for, so I got a little creative. And, I figured I might as well put that champagne glass to use since goodness knows it hasn’t been used in a long, long time.
The snow bells are now in my rather ugly kitchen doing their very best to give the place a little class.
I gotta say that I’m really enjoying these weekly yard bouquets. I basically never cut flowers from the yard before, but now I find that I’m combing the yard looking for flowers. And although these yard bouquets are very simple (I’m not a florist, after all), they really make our house feel a little more friendly.