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Hoy
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Michael, a  few more you say - you must have a field of hellebores?! All of them are really nice too!

I have 5 pots of seedlings waiting for better space - I am looking forward to the flowers in a couple of years!  ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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Saori wrote:

Wow, Michael, you have a hellebore heaven! :D

Boy I'll say!  :o :o  The "flowers" last for months in our short springs here.  Just think how much longer there in Ireland!

Temps will be dipping below 0 F tonight.  It will be a long time for my show to begin; this is what mine look like:

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

AmyO
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Rick...yours look just like mine...only there's not a speck of snow to be seen.  :-[ We are meant to get a few inches tonight & tomorrow, but we'll see. I'll believe it when I see it!

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Mark McD
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Michael, your hellebores are glorious, particularly love the yellow ones. 

Amy & Rick, besides H. niger which does well here, the fancy hybrids just don't do that well in my garden, the foliage gets so battered that they look scrappy even when in bloom, necessitating cutting all foliage off.  My couple of typical purple-flowered hybrids look like yours, flat, lifeless, and frozen.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Saori
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Michael, I love your pink anemone (semi-double) flower!

I usually cut off old leaves (from hybrids) in December-January... We have a lot of winter rain, so doing this helps prevent fungus and it looks cleaner. I clean my pruner after each plant to prevent potentially spreading diseases or viruses to other plants.

Mine are just starting to bloom, but most are still in bud...

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

Michael J Campbell
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I cut off all the old leaves about the end of November and dispose of every scrap of it to avoid spreading any disease.

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Hoy
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Nice, dark colour of some of those, Saori!

This is my darkest one (I have no doubles) - not this spring  ;) :

I never defoliate any of mine except when the leaves are dead. No problem with fungus so far :-X

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

AmyO
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Hoy wrote:

I never defoliate any of mine except when the leaves are dead. No problem with fungus so far :-X

Same here....I have heard that if the leaves are still green they can still photosynthesise, so I leave them on till the last minute in spring.
Matt Mattus talks about that here in his fantastic blog.... http://www.growingwithplants.com/2011/04/spring-hellebores.html

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Saori
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Nice dark one, Trond! Is it still cold there? I found some of my dark doubles flowering today; if you are interested, I would be happy to send some seeds to you.  ;)

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

Hoy
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Saori wrote:

Nice dark one, Trond! Is it still cold there? I found some of my dark doubles flowering today; if you are interested, I would be happy to send some seeds to you.  ;)

Yes please, I am very interested in seeds of dark (actually any) double hellebore ;D

It is not very cold but it is not very warm either! It rained yesterday and the snow and ice started melting. Today seems to be rather mild (+5C) compared to the previous weeks. Can't see my plants yet as they are still covered by snow.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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