Actually this post is as much about the absence of spring flowering bulbs as it is about hellebores. I love seeing daffodils, tulips and hyacinth in other people’s gardens, or in a vase, but they are just too darn sweet for the danger garden. And (truth be told) I can’t abide by the “leave the foliage until it dies back naturally” rule. I know the poor little bulb needs the foliage to nourish next year’s growth, but it just looks so ugly! I can leave it alone for a week, maybe even two if I am distracted, but then I end up cutting it off. Each year the flower gets smaller until they cease to even bloom. So, no more! Hellebores are my spring bloomer of choice.
The tag that came with the green flowered Helleborus foetidus ‘Wester Flisk' labeled it as a “bear claw” hellebore (In reference to the shape of its leaves I believe – which I foolishly did not photograph). Ah yes…this is meant to be, bear claws are very dangerous!