Well Hello Hellebores!



Show us your hellebores, said Jo at Restless Jo – this in a chat about Jo’s last week’s hellebore post which she linked to Jude’s new  Winter Garden  photo challenge. And so thinking to oblige, and in between sleet and rain, sleet and rain, and more rain and rain,  I dashed out into the garden with the digital camera only to find the currently flowering hellebores in most reclusive mood. They all had their heads determinedly earthwards as in the next photo:


And so the only way to capture the first two shots was for me to stand on my head, and send the camera underneath on macro setting, and press. The whole enterprise was totally discomposed, and what’s more, it had started raining AGAIN. But then that’s winter in the garden for you. Anyway, despite shooting blind I’m quite pleased with results – sort of candid-camera shots of shrinking violets hellebores.

For more bloggers’ winter gardens please visit Jude over at The Earth Laughs In Flowers blog.

28 thoughts on “Well Hello Hellebores!

  1. I think the random upside-down, discomposed (is that really a word?) captures of these very friendly looking hellebores are wonderful! I love the efforts bloggers go to to meet the demands of another. Thank you Tish. And Jo 😀

    And for your next assignment…

  2. What fun, darlin’ 🙂 I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the link in my Inbox. (I’ve been doing tedious stuff like cooking the tea and Mick’s accounts since I was here earlier 🙂 ) Thanks, Tish! You exceeded the challenge!

    1. That’s lovely of you to say so. And thanks for the prod, because believe me, I would not have gone looking for hellebores in my garden in this weather for anyone but you 🙂

  3. I love the playfulness of this, and the image of you, devoted photographer, standing on your head. I wasn’t familiar with hellebores, but you, Jo and Gilly are determined to fix that.

  4. Love the off centre composition Tish and the rich, royal colour is sumptuous. Another beauty I cannot grow in my area so love seeing all these photos of the hellebores. I applaud your dedication to the challenge.

  5. The whole concept of “winter garden” smack of inherent oxymoronism. Okay, so it isn’t a real word. It ought to be a word, right?

    We have no winter gardens, unless you count the Christmas cactus grown in pots in the dining room. It will be at least another month and a half before even the intrepid crocuses attempt to rise above the snow. Love the hellebores. So bright!

    1. Welcome home to your cold world, and I hope it won’t be too cruel to you this year. Today we have the first winter frost which will give everything a shock after the strangely mild weather and with all the plants out of sync.

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