Wednesday, May 14, 2008

We're Headed for Michigan!

Our son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren live in Mt. Pleasant... north of Lansing an hour's drive. We are leaving to visit them and I can hardly wait!!! That means it'll be a little quieter around here.

Just thought you needed to see what has been not only thriving.but growing green and lush, here this Spring. It is now blooming!

You won't believe it at all... most of you with this plant, experienced its blossoms LONG ago. But not me. Somehow my plant looked peaked last Fall, so I did some soil enrichment, etc. Guess it noticed the amendment this Spring... Anyway, without further ado, let me present

My Hellebore!

Maybe it just wanted to announce its arrival
by being a little on the sneaky side.
Not too shady, here, yet.

But we're "getting there."

Have a great weekend!!


Blackswamp_Girl said...

Have a great weekend and a safe and fun trip! I can't wait to see what surprises await you in your garden when you return. :)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping!

One of my neighbors is watching my new plants. So, I'm in good hands! :-) And it WILL be fun to see what's happening when I get home!

Gail said...

I think your Hellebore is reason to celebrate! I was thrilled the first time mine bloomed, it was cold out and there was this interesting bloom!

Have a good safe out in the world!


Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Shady, you're not the only one with tardy hellebores! Ours are only starting to bloom this week here... they've been slow to get established for us (about 3-4 yrs) but the one blooming now is lovely (its first time) and even though pink, I think it's lovely. I'll probably post it sometime next week at my place if you want to take a look. Is yours one of the "Royal Heritage" strains? That's what we have and some have truly odd colors, lol. We love 'em though!

Have a great trip and I'll be waiting to see what pops up next in your garden!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Yay, for the Hellebore! All of my orientalis hybrids are still blooming & have more buds. I can't stop taking photos of them.

2greenthumbsup said...

Hi Shady Gardener,

I can just picture you down on the ground getting set up for the perfect shot! And a perfect shot it is. Only one of my hellebores bloomed this year, but at least there's foliage coming out. Hopefully, they'll do better next year.


Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Shady, just stopping by to say I hope you had a great weekend in MI. Are you starting to feel panicked about getting stuff in the ground yet? We are! lol

Shady Gardener said...

Hello, everyone!! Thanks for all the great thoughts and comments. :-)

We had a wonderful (quick!) trip and hated to leave. I know you understand!

As soon as the car rolled to a stop, I had to take a quick tour around the yard before unloading luggage, etc.! ha.

Gail, I think I saw your hellebore blossoms while mine were still taking the shock from Winter! :-)

IVG, I believe you've identified my hellebore. I agree, I'll take 'em how ever I can get them! ;-) I did order a couple of new plants "Brushstrokes Strain" and will plant them tomorrow! YES, I AM feeling a little panicked... I'm going for a load of nice composted dirt early tomorrow a.m.!

MMD, I need to head over to visit... are you posting your photos?

Cathy, I'm convinced that if there's foliage now, and if they live through the growing season, they'll eventually bloom... won't they? ;-)

Nice to be home! I'm about to post on "the grandkids!"

Brenda Hyde said...

Wooo-hooo on the helibore. Glad you had a nice visit. I have used a yard of topsoil already--it's gone! I need another yard, and wood chips. I have to move rocks too...

Anonymous said...

Truly a late bloomer, eh? Glad you had a nice trip!

Shady Gardener said...

Brenda, are you my sister? ;-)

Deb, Just as long as it blooms! (I'm looking forward to adding a couple of new plants to the area Very Soon!)
Yep! We had a great trip!