I have new flowers blooming in November. I’d never thought I’d be able to say that. First up is the hellebore I purchased from Seneca Hill Perennials shortly before it closed for good. It didn’t have much of a name, just Helleborus niger, Thanksgiving Bloom. I thought it was worth a try, even though I knew that owner Ellen Hornig can grow less hardy plants than I can further south, simply because she has phenomenal snow cover. As you can see below, it is blooming, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.There is no chance of getting one of your own from Seneca Hill, since it is now closed, but do not despair. This fall I received some hellebores from Skagit Nurseries as trial plants, and two of them are now blooming: ‘Josef Lemper’ is described as hardy to USDA zone 4, blooming from December to February. Of course, around here it may be buried in snow for most of that time. Like the hellebore from Seneca Hill, I have this planted so it can be viewed from the bathroom window–when said window isn’t frosted over. Here’s another one from Skagit Nurseries: This was just opening when I received it–which may have been late September or early October–and it started out quite pale, almost white, and has gradually deepened in color. Skagit says it will bloom from January to March and is hardy to zone 5. But this is November, not January! Trial plants, starting out their lives in a greenhouse somewhere, taking a rough ride via UPS, and then plopped down in a totally alien climate, often don’t behave as expected their first year. I will keep you updated on when these plants bloom next year. (By the way, Skagit Nurseries is a wholesale grower; you will have to ask your local garden center to stock these for you.)
I also moved the Bergenia ‘Lunar Glow’ so it can be seen from a window, any time the snow is gone and the window isn’t obscured by frost.I received it as a trial plant a while back, and while it seems to be a slow grower the color in winter is outstanding.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.