Sunday, March 7, 2010

Happiness is

being able to get into the dirt.  What a delightful afternoon I had in the garden.  I don't feel like I accomplished much more than making my muscles sore but there is a nice pile of sticks and Helebore trimmings to show. 
The poor helebores had a harrowing winter to endure this year.  They had some gnarly looking leaves. Here is a before picture.
Here is an after.  This helebore was given to me and I can't remember the name of it but it is my best bloomer this year.  It has such beautiful white blooms.
Here is an up close photo.
The helebores in my garden that used to be my best bloomers were overtaken by ferns last year. So I spent some time digging out ferns.  I wish I had a place for them but unfortunately I don't.  I guess I could put them in the side lot and let them go rampant.  There are a few wet places they would probably adore.
As you can see the hellebores don't look very happy.  After I dug out the ferns I put some nice compost around them.
The only other thing blooming in my garden now are the yellow crocus. They had their sweet little faces wide open to catch the few sun rays that graced our area today.
I still haven't seen a bee or a butterfly. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and warm. I am ever hopeful. Have you had any insects in your garden yet this year?

22 comments:

BT said...

Hi Lisa, no, no insects here yet. It is warming up though, so I'm ever hopeful, but it is early in the year too. Your yellow crocus look the same as mine. I have a white hellibore like yours flowering too. It's in the wooded area so was quite sheltered from all the weather.

I've been out again today and am digging a new bed. I have too many things to plant and nowhere to put them!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... how fun for you! I'm a little jealous--I still had a good 4-6" of snow on my front yard this morning when I left for work.

Your hellebore is gorgeous, by the way. And I'm so glad that you cleaned it up to show off those pretty blooms. :)

Carol said...

Lovely you get to play in the dirt Lisa! Your Hellebore is so beautiful! Happy Gardening! ;>)

SandyCarlson said...

Spring has come. Your blog always give me the high sign. Who needs the Weather Channel?

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Gorgeous hellebores, Lisa. No insects here, except the stupidflies indoors, and a few errant ladybugs also inside. We still have scads of snow in our dooryard, though none down the road a couple miles or in other parts of province.

Gail said...

Lisa, I saw a bee, some flies and a moth! It has to be spring, right! The hellebores really took a beating this winter and they sure look better trimmed up! You know, I totally get how you feel. It's marvelous to get those hands dirty. gail

Jayne said...

Oh, didn't it feel good, sore muscles and all? :c) No insects here yet either, but I know they are just around the corner!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lisa girl I am a hellebore fan too and have a small collection of them now .. I put some new ones in (by way of a very generous friend) this past Autumn and wonder how they will do this Spring .. especially Golden Lotus .. a nervous mother here ? LOL
Spring is dipping her toe in here ! LOL
Joy

Patsi 'Garden Endeavors' said...

No helebores here..not sure why.
Have to get out there to see if any bugs have returned.
Spring is in the air !

Randy and Jamie said...

Lisa, the only life we've seen in the garden so far is Robins. But, last year the butterflies were really, really, late coming to us. --Randy

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning Lisa. I know it must have felt great to putter around in the garden again. Your hellebore is so very pretty. I need to look for a spot to plant a few this year.
Marnie

Kate said...

Oh, I hear ya! I long for a day of playing in the mud. Another month, for me, before that becomes reality. I've never grown hellebores though I'm not sure why... it's very lovely.

shirl said...

Hi Lisa, no, no insects spotted here yet either. Great to see the big reveal on your hellebores… nice variety too.

I trimmed back my leaves before we got our cold spell… maybe a very bad idea! However, the buds are trying to open now so it seems I’ve got away with it :-D

fairegarden said...

I am so glad you got to get out, Lisa, I was worried about you. And me. Your hellebore is a beauty, and so is that brilliant crocus. We did see a bee today, and a wasp, finally! :-)
Frances

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I did some Hellebore cleanup too today, but I got sidetracked cleaning up the woodland ex-Aster so the Snowdrops would look better, as they are in full bloom. No bees yet, but some little gnat things are flying around, and we still have nights below freezing.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Your Hellebore is so beautiful, and the crocus always makes me smile. Not too many insects awake here yet...I think the only thing I have seen are the mosquito hawks. Lots of worms and grubs in the soil. The dogs take care of the grubs for me. Maybe I should make a grub house for the birds with all the ones I find.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
It is wonderful to be feeling good enough to be out digging in the dirt! I have seen two small honey bees and a couple of spiders.
The weekend was great for raking and cleaning up. Spring rains began last night. This morning the gardens and deck are all washed and fresh. We are to have off and on showers for the rest of the week. Mother Nature Spring cleans....I hope she keeps her winds in check....
Your flowers are so pretty. I love white flowers.
Happy early Spring days,
Sherry

Emily said...

Your hellebore looks so lovely! I ordered an assortment of hellebores for my soon-to-be garden and can't wait to get them planted. Unfortunately, it'll probably be at least another week before I'm able to see some very soggy soil so it'll be a bit yet before anything beyond the stray fly start making their appearances.

Phillip said...

Isn't it great to get out in the garden again? I did some work over the weekend. It has been such a cold winter and our spring is starting later than usual. There is so much work to do!

Annie in Austin said...

So glad you've finally been released into the wild, Lisa! The hellebore is perfectly beautiful - hope the one you rescued from ferns responds and does well next spring.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

The word is "aingiene" - is that what Goober Pyle used to fix at the service station?

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Lisa, Are those your hellebores NOW already in bloom, or from last year?! I just cut mine back and I have only one bloom so far. Hope more come up!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Ooooh! I love that white hellebore! Look at all the blooms you've got on that thing! I need to get out and trim mine. There's a huge pile of snow that always forms right over my hellebores each year and they always get smooshed by it. I don't really want to move them though.