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Apr 29, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Hellebore in Fade

Hellebore Flower Girl's long lasting blooms fade to a lovely shade of green.

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Apr 29, 2021 6:05 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Beautiful banner blooms, Leslie! Thumbs up
I just started growing Hellebores in 2019, and was happy to
see them come back this year. Amazing since they are only
hardy for zones 5-8, and we're 10b.
Similar to yours, but not as profuse bloomers (yet).

Can you please post the whole image?
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Apr 29, 2021 6:12 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Interesting that they change from white to green, rather than green to white! The blooms arrange themselves in an linear fashion, perfect for a banner! Smiling
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Apr 29, 2021 6:34 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
Excellent banner Leslie!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Apr 29, 2021 6:38 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Found this good article.....e.g. I didn't know they should be pruned early,
and to wear gloves when pruning, as the sap is irritating.
https://gardengoodsdirect.com/...

And an even better article....
https://www.thespruce.com/grow...
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Apr 29, 2021 7:13 PM CST
Zone 5
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A great introduction to an unusual variety of Helleborus, which then led me to follow up with Cal's two informative sites. Always something to learn and appreciate from our Banners.
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Apr 29, 2021 8:17 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Stunning!
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Apr 29, 2021 8:44 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Bookworm Snakes Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Heucheras Echinacea
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Very nice Banner , love Hellebore.
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Apr 30, 2021 5:14 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Here is the plant in whole.
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Cal - Interesting articles. Besides cutting off the very old leaves that become dark and ratty looking I have never pruned my hellebores. Some of the newer hybrids don't seem to be especially fertile so they haven't really spread too much in my yard.

They do appear to like lots of watering. We had record rains last year and they went bloom crazy this spring. The hellebore in the banner gets too much sun (from what planting guides say) but flowers copiously regardless.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Apr 30, 2021 5:26 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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As popular as hellebores are where I live, both in public and private gardens, I rarely see ones with double form blooms like these, so your selection was an especially welcome sight in the banners It was interesting to hear both from you and from Cal that at least some cultivars defy general growing 'wisdom' and survive or even thrive in less than ideal conditions. Where I live, they're loved for their winter hardiness, as well as their early bloom period. They shrug off late seasons freezes and snows as no big deal. Nice to know they can do well in much warmer zones, too.
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
https://arctangent.smugmug.com...
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Apr 30, 2021 10:38 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Elizabeth @archtangent, I was surprised to find that both hellebores and peonies would survive in North Carolina. I expected both to hate the hot humid summers. Instead both appear to thrive. Obviously I was happy to hear that as I then promptly planted both! Hilarious!

How is A2 doing? Been awhile since I have been there. I grew up in Michigan and went to U of M.
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Apr 30, 2021 3:56 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Would love to get a variety of the doubles, but they're all
sold out, and very expensive! Rolling my eyes.
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May 1, 2021 5:46 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Breck's made me an offer I couldn't refuse for a collection....still pretty expensive,
but life is short. Rolling my eyes.
https://www.brecks.com/product...
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May 2, 2021 9:01 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes, they are expensive most places. But they will grow and bloom for decades so worth the price.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 3, 2021 8:47 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 3, 2021 1:46 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
EscondidoCal said:Breck's made me an offer I couldn't refuse for a collection....still pretty expensive,
but life is short. Rolling my eyes.
https://www.brecks.com/product...

@EscondidoCal

Forgot to mention that my pictured hellebore is another part of that same wedding party group. I always wanted to add Dark and Handsome to my mix. The two members I have are both really good growers. Hope those three do well for you. They will be pretty mixed together.
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May 3, 2021 3:02 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Thanks, Leslie. Smiling
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