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Can anyone tell me if they will recover after very strong icy winds plus all the frosts, I have (maybe had !) a lovely bed but the flowers don't seem to be recovering at all, thanks.
Thanks, yes agree on the daffs. Unfortunately most of the Hellebore flowers are out as I bought new plants with flowers to see what I was getting. Banking on having the flowers for the next few months as some colour in a shady corner ! Give in and get some Primroses maybe, but not nearly as beautiful.
Dont be too hasty to remove the flowers yet. Ok, those any with black/dark brown splodges on them, or the leaves, should be disposed of, not composted btw. When there's a heavy frost the plants do droop. Once the temperature rises they should perk up again. We had -5C this morning & mine have just about 'come round'. J.
Ours have been frosted for the last week or so, until late on today. Now they are all stood up as if nothing had happened.
They do look sulk when hit by a hard decimating frost, but are as tough as old boots. When I was sailing round Scandinavia a couple of years ago, albeit in midsummer, I kept an eye out for what perennials where grown in domestic gardens and were doing well. and hellebores were a common choice. Obviously I missed their flowering season, but the leaves of established plants are distinctive.Other common plantings were rosa rugosa and lavender.
My Hellebores look very sad indeed. With daily temperatures below freezing for the last few weeks they don't seem to be standing up at all. I would like to know if they will recover should the temperature begin to rise?
If the flowers are cut off before they go to seed, will the hellebore produce more, as many other plants would?
As has been said, hellebores do droop badly if they are very cold, but they do stand up again. Young plants do seem to droop longer than more mature ones. They like to be damp at the roots and in this area, it hasn't rained (amazingly) for a few days. I'm watering my young plants, especially where the soil is free-draining.
Mine are very variable this year. Some seem unaffected by the weather and stand up again after the frost goes. Some sre staying depressed looking all the time. Not a good year for my hellebores, as well as wether some had their flowers eaten at the bud stage.
It's the dark purple ones that are good. Whites poor, pinks variable. Does suggest it's in the genes.
Thanks for the info, Verdun and Nutcutlet. I should perhaps have mentioned that these young hellebores have only been in the ground a few days and are not established.
Just found a couple of babies have appeared near my hybrids.
Unfortunately one has decided to come up right in the centre of my favourite aquilegia which is just showing leaves.. Looks like I'll have to dig the whole lot up and try and tease them apart, otherwise it'll have to be a sacrifice!