Saturday, February 2, 2013

Songs without words... #2 in a series


While it's too early for helebores by a couple months here at Oak Lawn, that's not the case everywhere. I recently enjoyed Randy's posts at http://rlephoto.blogspot.com  . Randy does already have helebores coming into bloom and they are lovely. You may want to pay a visit. I was asking Randy how he deals with the hundreds of seedlings that can occur around a parent plant. I would be very interested in knowing your experiences as well in this regard. Do you deadhead/destroy the seedlings/ leave them as they are/ transplant them/etc?  What has been the result for you after a few years? Please share in the comment section!

...and now a symphony of hellebores from my own collection over the past three years or so... take care, Larry
















              
                                            

       

                       


















                                          


















































12 comments:

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Wow! What a variety! They all are beautiful, but my favorite picture is the one with the snow! Great! As for the baby plants, I usually choose the biggest of them and put them into the pots. Then, I give them away or leave for myself.
Have a great February, Larry!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful collection. Your photos are wonderful.

FlowerLady

Christy Kaiser said...

So pretty! Your post reminded me of my yet to bloom helebore...its been in the garden for 3 springs now and guess what!!!?!???! It's loaded with buds...I am so excited.

Lisa Lynn said...

Stunning Hellebores! I would love to have you join me on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

HELENE said...

Hi Larry, I actually made a post about this topic last month, and got lots of useful response :-)

I used to deahead my hellebores but last year I let them seed and now I got hundreds of seedlings. I have decided to led some stay and just thin out. I have also lifted some already and will lift some later in the year when they are a bit older. I will compare and see which will fare the best.

I inted to collect seeds this year and sow in pots instead of letting them self-seed, easier to control - but I don't have that many hellebores so it is a possible task.

Алла Мельникова said...

What a variety!So pretty!

Bev Carter said...

Wow! Your pictures are so beautiful. I love the one in the snow.
Bev
@ http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

Nadezda said...

Larry, lovely collection of hellebores! I have not them in my garden, but hope to plant some day.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Lovely photos of my favorite perennial. When I first started selling hellebores at the nursery I would transplant the seedlings from around the mother plants and grow them on to flowering size. As you know, you have to wait until the true leaves appear and then move them to a space of their own. Three to five years later they bloom. Eventually it became easier for me to buy small plants selected by color and plant them in the ground rather than using my unknown seedlings. The seedlings are actually quite a nuisance as I am sure you know. They are as thick as grass around the plants and don't want to come out. I used to weed them but now I am trying to deadhead every hellebore which is a huge job because I have hundreds. Seeds from before I deadheaded still germinate around the plants but I hope to catch up eventually.

Larry said...

Hi Carolyn... this was exactly the information I was hoping for! My problem is that I am not very good about deadheading, however, I have noticed that there isn't a lot of seeding where the mulch (wood) is kept good and heavy. Have you ever allowed seedlings to grow large where they fall? Does it impinge on the mother plant badly or in essence destroy it? I have one area where I'm not super impressed with the parent plants now that I'm ordering newer varieties and am considering allowing the seedlings to do their thing... bad idea? Thanks, Carolyn... Larry

larry smith said...


I really love the way you discuss this kind of topic.


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Jannibele said...

What a variety of stunning Hellebores!