What’s in Bloom: Hellebores and more …

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The hellebores are beginning to stand upright, although I am on my knees to get as up-close to the stunning blooms as I can.  Come out over the next few weeks to a month and have a look at the collection we are most proud of!  Shown here, Helleborus ‘Heritage Strain’ (Lenten Rose) in the West View Terrace.

Part of our hellebore collection can be seen in the Demonstration Courtyard; seen here Helleborus x hybridus ‘Southern Belles Strain’ (Lenten Rose).

Also in the Demonstration Courtyard, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double White’, still hiding under last year’s foliage.

I am always going-on about Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’, well here is her counterpart Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady’, in the Entry Garden near the straw bale shed.

Speaking of H. ‘Blue Lady’, take a look at the many clumps in the Entry Garden from the Floral Hall Courtyard patio.

We have well over 29+ different hellebores in the garden, but this week a bright yellow gem throughout the West View Terrace has everyone’s attention, Iris danfordiae (Iris).

Crocus are also beginning to steel the show; here Crocus ‘Gypsy Girl’ (Snow crocus) in the Entry Garden.

Another jewel which opened today, Erythronium dens-canis (Dog’s-tooth violet) in the Garden Hall Courtyard above the waterfall.  It is best seen from the link inside.


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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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