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Pauline3Pauline3 Posts: 13

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.



  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,140
    Mine went the same but the plants will recover, the flowers already out won't, I don't think, leave them for a while and see, then cut them off if they don't. That is what I am going to do.

    My daff s were hanging but they have all stood up today, it's amazing how they cope, nature is hard.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pauline3Pauline3 Posts: 13

    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.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes North East Derbyshire Posts: 2,058

    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.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,994

    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.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    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.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    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.

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