Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lenten Rose and A Little Time Off



I'm going to take a little time off this week as Joe is on spring break, and we have a few things planned. But first, I need to show you this beautiful Lenten Rose that is blooming in my garden. I love the little freckles.





These hellebores are beauties. They come back every year, thrive in the shade and deer hate them. What's not to love. In my garden, the Lenten rose is the first to flower in early spring, around the period of Lent. It's also known as Lenten hellebore or oriental hellebore. They are excellent for bringing early color to the garden and the table.

They are a perennial that grows from 12-18" high, and the blooms usually last about two months.
Varieties include purply black, pure white, slate gray, mossy greens, plum, dusty pink, chartreuse and lavender/blue.

Photo credit (Simon Garbutt)

Enjoy your week!  I'll be back real soon. I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.
xo
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

17 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous flower! I'll be on the look out for some and get it planted in my yard. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week. xo

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  2. Those are gorgeous....Mine are just starting to poke thru the ground....and I can't wait!

    Thanks for sharing it.
    XO
    Christine

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  3. Beautiful photos. Thanks for the info on this lovely flower.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Have a great week:@)

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  5. I love Lenten Roses, so pretty and the first thing up in the garden. Your photos are great. Laura

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  6. I love Lenten Roses! They are just beautiful! Life to the full! Melissa

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  7. Wow! Those are really very pretty, Debbie....Christine

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  8. These are the first happy faces in my garden this year too :) No open flowers yet but plenty of buds.

    Enjoy your time off with Joe :)

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  9. Hi Debbie, I'm stopping by from Seasonal Sundays. Those Lenten Roses are beautiful. I have long admired them but have never planted any. This spring we are working on a new garden spot on our side garden where it is shady so I will be sure to plant at least one..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  10. Hi Debbie,
    Your Lenten Rose is beautiful and you must be so happy to see them return every Spring. Rich and I saw them yesterday at The Dallas Arboretum, in the shady area, and thought they were so pretty. I have never planted them, but I do have some shade and since the deer hate them, I guess the bunnies would, too (yea!!).
    Have a wonderful time off with Joe and enjoy your week. XO

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  11. Gorgeous Lenten Rose, a perfect addition to a garden. Spring is so wonderful, with the pops of color. Enjoy your time off with Joe. XO Linda

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  12. I LOVE Lenten roses!!!!! I used to have them in my old yard. Miss that so much!

    Enjoy your time away, dearie dear!!! Have fun!

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  13. What a beautiful flower! Enjoy your week!
    Sherry

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  14. Your Lenten Rose is so pretty. Lovely photos, too! I think it would be an interesting flower to paint. I hope you enjoy your spring break/time off!

    xo,
    RJ

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  15. Beautiful flowers! Enjoy your time off :) Have fun!

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  16. Beautiful, Debbie. Enjoy your time off. laurie

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  17. Hi Debbie, these are beautiful flowers and so wonderful that the deers don't like them, cool :)
    Have a lovely week.
    Connie :)

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