So Excited I Can Hardly Stand It

At least two years ago (and possibly three) I planted some helleborus rootings that were supposed to have double flowers. And for at least two years (and possibly three) absolutely nothing happened. I forgot all about them, and concentrated on admiring the reliable performers among my single-flowering hellebores that bloom late every winter, like these:

Spectacular in their own right, I didn’t want them to get an inferiority complex even though I felt gypped out of my monetary investment (these mail-order nurseries…) on the double-flowering variety. Then, while I was out rambling around the garden, I noticed this:

And this:

Worth waiting for.

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