Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February GBBD plus one

Dateline...mid-February 2010...
snow has to be trucked into British Columbia for
...the warmest winter Olympics yet...

Meanwhile in my yard...

(Various common Hellebores in full bloom.
Purchased at Heronswood, Bainbridge Island, WA.

To learn more about Hellebores, please click here.

Experimenting in black and white above,
and the same shot in color below.
Which do you prefer?

'Corsican' hellebore, Helleborus argutifolius...
or alien? You decide!

Please see my previous post and comments for more info.

My glorious Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane'

'Porky' and various plants

Lonicera (honeysuckle, mmm-mmm, smells good)

A native plant, Indian Plum
(Oemleria cerasiformis, aka osoberry)
with plenty of blossoms.

Stranvaesia davidiana, now known as
Photinia davidiana

Answer: The native orchard mason bees love it.
Question: What is Pieris japonica?

Larix kaempferi 'Diane', a Great Plant Pick
and definitely a favorite of mine.

Cute crocuses.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
Carol at May Dream Gardens
kindly hosts GBBD, a day when
you can travel around the world and
see what is blooming in parts near and far.


  1. Girl you have so much going on now. It is great to see things growing again and your hellebore's are so pretty. Love the black and white effect.

  2. Great bloom day post! I didn't get it together this month, sigh. Neither did my garden, apparently. I think it had more blooming in January! Good call on the Indian Plum, I still want to get one of those. Saw it at Discovery Park, so early to leaf out and the flowers are sweet-smelling too, right? And those "plums" in fall, gorgeous! Great hellebores and I like both shots of that really stunning one. :)

  3. Hi, i am new here just followed your nice name from one of your comments. My niece is Eriel. I have been appreciating photos of hellebores since these blogging mania, though i actually havent seen it in reality, i am from the tropics and my visits to temperate climes did not give me that chance to see it. Your photos are beautiful and i appreciate the little clicks for other secret miniatures in there. Its nice also to see your friends in that blogger photo of yours. thanks.

  4. Aeriel, I can tell where YOU were most of the time when these photos were taken! ;-) On the ground? Your hellebores are beautiful... you have a great collection. Thank you, as you've provided a sweet way to start my day. Have a great one!

  5. Beautiful hellebores, mine haven't bloomed this year yet. I like 'Diane' too - I bet she will be pretty when she grows up:)

  6. Your Crocus and Hellebores are just lovely, and I am envious of all of your February blooms. We received a few inches of fresh snow yesterday, which added some much needed magic to the landscape. I noticed that you moved to the Pacific Northwest from Massachusetts. I grew up in Spokane, and do miss that area from time to time.

  7. You have so much in bloom. Because of lower than average temps this year, my hellebores are hardly doing anything.

  8. Great post. The hellebores are dazzling as are the other photos.

  9. A lovely early morning stroll through your garden.

    Thanks for the photos, especially the plum, the hellebores, I adore them.

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  10. Aerie-el,
    I have gotten behind in blogging, and realize you have, too. I hope spring is going well for you. I love your hellebores no matter how you show them, and your other blooms as well.

    Take care,


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