I feel like the judge at the Westminster Dog Show. Picking and choosing from scores of images the best of the best of each breed, er, category. You, you, you…once more around the ring then line up. After careful study and cogitation, it has been determined that the groups at the Fairegarden Hellebore Show will be Freckles, Light Freckles and No Freckles. Maybe Freckle-less would be less negative? Let us begin with the first rotation, the spotteds among us:
This ends the Freckles selections. Onward to the Lightly Freckled, for your viewing pleasure may we present:
That winds up the Lightly Freckled chosen contestants. Last but not least, would you please give it up for the No Freckles. In no particular order:
So ends the No Freckles chosen few. These are the most similar, but I promise they are photographs taken of different plants. All of the flowers are hobbled by the photographer holding the camera in the right hand to click and be as still as humanly possible whilst holding the flower head upward with the left hand clutching a small stick. The names were given with free association, no lingering thought process to gum up the works of creative word assignment, the first word or words that came to mind were used.
All of the photos are from volunteer seedlings of the original three Helleborus orientalis plants added to the garden here in 2000, a pink, white and red with freckles, unnamed. There are no doubles or fancy ones, other species of this genus do not seem to care for our conditions and die a quick death. I am not even sure I could locate the exact plants from whence these shots were taken, there are literally hundreds with many blooming size. The tiny seedlings number in the thousands. This is for fun, only.
Unlike the yearly Fairegarden Viola Beauty Pageant, coming in May, there are no background stories to spice up the narrative, but rather names only to help differentiate one from another. There will be an award for each group, then a Best Of Show. One vote per person, please, a favorite for each section and the overall winner. It is daunting to measure beauty, perhaps even morally wrong to do so. Feel free to follow your conscience and thanks for visiting! (The votes, if there are any, will be tallied and results posted after a week’s time has passed.)
Other Fairegarden posts about Hellebores:
2008 Cutting Of The Hellebores
Looking For Freckles
2009 Cutting The Hellebores-2009 Edition
Hellebore Experiment-The Results
Helleborus Orientalis-To Cut Or Not To Cut