|Helleborus niger ‘Josef Lemper’|
I can no longer deny it. It’s becoming just too obvious to hide. I must come out in the open with it.
I know many will understand, but others will shake their heads and click their tongues with a little “tsk tsk”.
I am a Ranunculite.
I’ve come to realize that many of the flowers I love and have become obsessed with are in the plant family Ranunculaceae.
Clematis. Yes, I can’t get enough of them, especially those with bell shaped blooms.
Delphinium. I went through a few seasons trying to find one that would bloom reliably from year to year in my garden. My search continues.
Helleborus. This is my latest obsession, now that H. niger ‘Josef Lemper’ is blooming in December in my garden. I repeat. Blooming. In December. In my garden.
And don’t forget Aquilegia, which many know as Columbine. I love when they are blooming in the spring.
This winter, I’m going to begin a study of the genus Helleborus and look for more of these to grow in my garden. Maybe I will buy myself a book about hellebores?& Or put it on my Christmas wish list in case someone still wants to buy me something. Yes, thank you for asking, a book on Clematis was already on my list. (That alone was a strong clue that I was a Ranunculite.)
I’m so glad this is out in the open now. I know I’m not alone, though. Let’s all fess up if we are Ranunculites, gardeners who are obsessed with flowers in the plant family Ranunculaceae