Squak Talk Blog

February Love

As February dawns and we wait to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, the spring itch begins to manifest in various ways. For gardeners the hope of an early spring means more time to spend outside in the garden. While green thumbs love spring and summer because of the continuous bounty of blooming perennials and other flora, winter can state a case for blooming plants too. Enter the strong willed, winter loving hellebores, a winter blooming wonder that adds lovely flowers and deep green texture during the dreariest months.

Just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day is a brand new hellebore, ‘Ice n’ Roses’. Brilliant dark red-plum flowers will bloom for days. While on the small side, she will only get knee high to a grasshopper, she is one hardy, sturdy little lady. ‘Ice n’ Roses’ will handle extreme cold (Hello North Bend and Snoqualmie!), horrible soil conditions, and is disease and bug resistant. Strong stems are spunky enough to be cut and used in lovely bouquets in your home. This spring visit us at Squak Mt Nursery to select a few ‘Fire n’ Ice’ hellebore for your garden or containers.