Its a Hellebore kind of Day.14:46:00
There are always lots of jobs to do on a gardeners list and at the moment I must say I am rather relieved that I garden on a small scale. A very small scale! I seriously would not get anything done. Who am I kidding? I don't get anything done even on a day when Im not thinking about the garden.
However, today was a good day as I did manage to get out in the garden, all by myself, all while the kids rested and slept.
I pulled out copious amounts of clover, I planted three new daffodil bulbs (get excited) and I dug up, split and replanted my Hellebores. You might also know them as Winter Roses.
I noted how pretty my Dahlias were looking, I admired all the Daffodil and Jonquil bulbs that have pushed through the soil and I rustled the leaves to uncover all the Muscari bulbs I planted a few weeks back.
The soil is cool and soft and though the pace of growing has somewhat slowed, you can already see nature doing its thing, anticipating Winter and in some instances already preparing for Spring.
I was reading the latest edition of Gardening Australia magazine just the other evening and noted in the 'Jobs to Do' in the gardening section that new Hellebore shoots could be dug up now and replanted. Its a job that I have been meaning to to for a couple of years now so I finally bit the bullet and did it.
So in this post today I thought id share with you how I went about it and how easy it was to do.
Pictured below is the original clump of Hellebores in the garden. They have over the course of three years grown and spread to cover a section of about a meter in length. They flower profusely in winter and are now self seeding all over the garden bed which is great.
Below you can see the brighter green leaves of the new shoots that are coming up.
Underneath the older, darker leaves are tiny little Hellebore shoots coming up all over the place. Its like a whole new miniature Hellebore world under there.
I planted them in semi-shady gaps at the front of the garden beds as Hellebores are great for borders and under planting. I have great faith that the new plants will love their new spots in the garden and with the growing season upon them, some pig poo and lots of leaf mulch they will just go bananas out there. In the next few days I will aim get some Seasol out on them just to get them going.
You can buy Hellebores at most plant suppliers and there are now lots of different types to choose from with varying flower colours and foliage. The ones I have growing are the usual pinky, green winter roses.
Just think, from one single purchase you will be able to grow and split Hellebores every year for the entirety of your garden life.
Even better, find a friend growing them already, get stealthy and ask for a few little saplings to get going in your own garden. Sharing is the best part of gardening after all. The Hellebores in my garden were originally from Cams Aunts place out at Aroona.
Ill keep you posted on how they go as well as when they bloom. My next gardening job is to get cracking on the winter veggies.
Got Hellebores growing at yours?
Whats you latest gardening venture?
Joining in the fun at FYBF and The Weekend Rewind this week. Lots of great reads to start the weekend over on Grace's blog 'With Some Grace' and Sonia's at Life Love and Hiccups.
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