Re: anybody planting out there?/what's blooming
I hope you're right, Gene. A couple of newer, younger plants of
a different species - I'd have to look it up - that were moved down
to the garden last fall in the oil-tank fiasco, still look pretty good.
But that seems to be a slightly milder microclimate. I think it
was the bitter cold with no snow cover, followed by the solid
block of ice that lasted another couple of weeks that did the
We've had three thaw days, and a lot of the ice is gone, but
we're predicted to have 4"-6" of snow tonight. Goody!
In a message dated 03/15/2007 7:50:35 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Same conditions here, Auralie.
I just finished cutting back all the bad foliage. Some have no foliage
at all now. But, I see with this warm spell new buds and blooms are emerging
from the crown down in all that mess. I would doubt the plant is actually
dead... set back probably, but not dead.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana
----- Original Message -----
> My large, old Hellebore which was blooming lavishly in January
> before the ice storm looks totally dead now. Not only are the
> blossom stems all turned to mush, the large clump of leaves
> is totally black and flattened. I have had this Hellebore for
> probably 15 or 20 years - can't quite remember. It has never
> been a favorite because the blooms weren't a pretty color -
> sorta greenish purple - but it was a handsome clump, and
> just outside a downstairs window it was always an early
> sign of spring. I am sorry to lose it.
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