Day 86: beneath a hellebore

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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The ground beneath a hellebore is an interesting place to be in mid to late March. Having been successfully pollinated, the flowers jettison all the now redundant sexual paraphernalia as the ovaries concentrate on the business of producing the next generation. While above the seedpods swell, the ground below is littered with bits and bobs that have served their purpose and been rudely cast aside, the tiny petals and long filementous anthers lying forlorn like confetti the day after the wedding (either shotgun, or honeymoon baby. You decide.)


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