It has been a wonderful sight this weekend to see many plants reappearing from under the snow; Galanthus elwesii, I knew would be well advanced, and Helleborus niger 'Praecox' was completely unaffected by the weight of the snow, many of its blooms unfaded and still loaded with pollen.
|Helleborus niger 'Praecox'.|
Other Hellebores also show signs of life, especially those with H. niger genes such as H. 'Pink Frost' and my old reliable H. nigercors. Of course, the weather will change again and even without snow cover, I'm sure these plants will survive a sudden chill, however I am concerned about a newer hybrid H. 'Jade Tiger', which has a history ( for me anyway) of coming into bloom too early and ending with damage from the frost and sub-zero temperatures. Every year I plan to pot it up and bring it into the greenhouse, where it would make a spectacular show, but every year this never gets done. I think its only hope of its bloom reaching their full potential is to cover it with a cloche.
|Hellborus 'Jade Tiger'.|