About two weeks ago I wrote that my Hellebores showed little sign of flowering, and were nearly submerged in a sea of soggy fallen leaves.
I removed most of the fallen Maple leaves, and trimmed off the old foliage from the Hellebores, giving them more light and diverting their energy into new growth. This is what they look like now. Lots of buds forming on new stems.
This next photo was taken on 7th November.
This is the same plant on 27th November.
They don't look very attractive just now, do they, all covered in soggy fallen leaves, but hopefully in a few weeks time they will give my garden a little splash of much-needed colour in the depths of Winter. Having said that, could someone please tell my Primulas that it is not actually Spring yet...
And the Alpine Strawberries haven't yet realised that Summer has finished.