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Re: hum.../hellebores

Hello Marge,
    Well, looks as though I need to develop a bit more patience. I respect
your experience and will take a better look here at things in the future.
Perhaps a second look as well as the first. I know hue and depth of color
can change for year to year depending usually upon temperatures (I
believe).I have some muddy-rose hellebore out here that is a different hue
every spring.... sometimes they are almost clear in color and deep rose-red
with brown highlights. Other times they are simply muddy-rose red. Have seen
them a green-rose and thin on color. But never a complete change in color
say from green to red.
    But what the hey! I am just a beginner. Lots of things to observe and
    Thank you,
    Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
> Well, Gene, I sure ain't no expert, but that has been my experience.
> In fact, you sent me one once and the first year it bloomed I was
> ready to pitch it - thought it was pretty ugly; flowers sort of mingy
> and a dirty color but I left it and after its 2nd year in the ground
> it turned into a winner; now it's this huge clump and it's flowers
> are gorgeous deep red purple.  H. atrorubens of gardens I think it is
> (without going to check the name; could be off there spelling-wise).
> The divisions I've gotten from Graham have all been the same.  The
> first year flowers are not the same as those once the plants are
> established.  I really think hellebores - at least they hybrids -
> need some patience.  I don't find that with H. foetidus 'Wester
> Flisk'...I grew that from seed and all plants, whether originals or
> self sown, seem to put out the same quality flowers their first year
> as they do in subsequent years.  Now, of course, those flowers do
> change over the life of the flower, like all hellebores.
> I have well over a hundred seedlings in the ground and I sure hope
> some of them think about blooming this year - but absolutely no signs
> of any flower buds on anything but my oldest x hybridus - well, and
> the H. foetidus 'Wester Flisk'..everybody else (even those from
> established plants that I know will bloom) are just exhibiting rather
> weather beaten foliage at this point.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland

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