Lenten roses, aka hellebores, are rather un-sung heroines of the garden–in the US anyway. In Europe they are much beloved as some of the earliest bloomers, hence their name marking mid-February as the time their their petals begin to peek out. With hundreds of species ranging in color from chartreuse to deep claret, hellebores deserve to be seen and sung! And they grow in the shade! Raise helloebore, I say!
Marian MacEvoy wrote a wonderful piece on hellebores for the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago, which you can read here. Says Marian, “They’re beautiful, refined, long-lasting, frost-resistant and low-maintenance. They’re eager to bloom, sometimes appearing when the snow’s still on the ground. They have intriguing nicknames—”Lenten Rose,” “Christmas Rose” or, as one of my garden-obsessed pals recently put it, “the Cadillac of the flower world.” They come back every year, thrive in the shade and deer hate them. What’s not to love?”
I confess hellebores are not the easiest to arrange as they are quite floppy, though I did my best, cramming them into a wide round glass cylinder with larkspur and – oh what is that Queen-Anne’s-lace looking flower? Somebody will tell me I know. Thank you in advance. Happy Easter.
Update: I think, as one reader has pointed out, the third flower is yarrow. That seems right…