Saturday, March 24, 2007

Liar, Liar!

Our snowdrops and hellebores made a liar out of me. I was bemoaning the fact that the snowdrops we planted two springs ago did not bloom and that this year looked to be a bust too. But 4 plants managed to survive and up poked their dainty flowers to quake in the breeze.

I also thought the hellebore flowers were all killed by the 2 week cold spell we had about a month ago. The flower buds were appearing but seem to all die and the leaves turned brown and flopped to the ground. Well now that it's warming up, up popped these hellebore flowers. I believe these are H. niger or Christmas rose so why is it blooming now? Hey we'll take anything at this point. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, eh.


Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Tough to feel badly about being made a liar of when the results are so beautiful, eh? :)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Kim, I'm eating crow. ;(

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Pam/Digging said...

I'm glad they bloomed for you after all, even if you do have to eat crow. Very pretty!

5:12 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

The delicacy of the white petals with that pale green shading is quite beautiful, Ki... we're all glad you underestimated their desire to live and bloom!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

8:05 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Pam/Digging, I know I should have more faith in plants, they're tougher than they look but when the flower buds were all wilted and the leaves brown I thought they were goners for sure. Glad they weren't dead.

I found out that eating crow comes from humble pie. Apparently they used offal ('umbles) of deer that the lower class in England made pies out of. Rook (a bird like a crow) pies were also used by the lower class so rook and 'umble pie became syn. 'umble pie became boiled crow and boiled crow, became eating crow in America.

Hi Annie,
Yeah, as I said before, I'm a half empty sort of guy. Not a good trait but difficult to break. But when something good happens it's doubly good! Plants are confounding sometimes. Give them too much care and they languish. Too little care and sometimes they flourish. What to do?

10:05 AM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

They're wonderful! I'm so happy for you! That's why we love are so tough!

I didn't know that about the origins of humble pie/eating crow! All gardeners have to eat some on occasion, don't they?

Can't wait to see more as spring unfolds for you!

5:29 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Gotta garden,
Our spring is off to a very slow start. I'm eating crow and green with envy to boot with everyone else's plants and flowers in full bloom but not in the NE. I know there are wonders lurking under the soil and just have to be patient but it's difficult when you see all the great photos in other people's blogs. :(

5:36 PM  

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