What’s In Bloom: Hellebores & more!

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Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (reticulated iris, bulbous iris) flowered before the snow, flowered through the snow, and is continuing to flower throughout the Entry Garden. I love her colour!

Helleborus 'Heritage Strain'

One of, if not, the earliest flowering herbaceous perennials here at the garden is the hellebore. Helleborus ‘Heritage Strain’ (Lenten Rose), came through the snow in the Westview Terrace and will hold its flowers for the next six weeks or more.

Helleborus cultivar

Helleborus cultivar with speckled white flowers.

Helleborus x hybridus 'Onyx Odyssey'

A new addition to the collection in the Floral Hall Courtyard, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Onyx Odyssey’ (Lenten Rose), a deep purple-black, double hellebore.

Helleborus cultivar

This Helleborus cultivar can be found in the Westview Terrace among the many in flower. I only just removed last-year’s foliage.

Iris danfordiae

Iris danfordiae (Danford iris), also buried under snow for a short while, brightens the Garden Hall Courtyard beds with its primrose-yellow flowers.

Narcissus 'Rijnvelds Early Sensation'

The daffodils are here!  Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ are in full flower in the Entry Garden and Westview Terrace.

Tulipa 'Ice Stick'

Tulips are also coming!  Under the trellis in the Arrival Courtyard, Tulipa ‘Ice Stick’ (Kaufmanniana Hybrid) gives the first taste of more to come (‘Ice Stick’ is definitely one of my top 10 tulips for 2014)!

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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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