The chances of finding anything in bloom in my corner of Zone 7a for the December edition of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day seemed pretty remote. For the past few weeks, roofers and painters have swarmed over our house, planting their ladders and their big boots in the soft-dirt garden beds around the foundation. They scattered mulch and packed the soil. They paid no mind to the delicate ferns, the sweet woodruff, toad lilies, hostas and impatiens along the driveway, and the hellebores springing up around the boxwoods under the front windows. Only the biggest, hardiest shrubs survived (and even the boxwoods look a little ragged where the painters muscled through).
But this morning, walking from the driveway, I passed the front garden beds and happened to look down just as the clouds parted, allowing the sun to throw a spotlight on one of the poor, struggling hellebores. It’s blooming!
To be sure, this plant and its sister hellebores need some coddling to look good again after the thrashing they’ve endured. But these blooms are a good sign: this garden might be down, but it’s not out. Happy Bloom Day to all. (And thanks to May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day).