It must have been a week ago that I said ‘no more hellebore posts this year’. So I apologise for this but the two H. niger that I put in two urns together with some violas and hyacinths are looking so nice, even as they fade, that I couldn’t resist breaking my promise! Being in a sunny spot the flowers are a bit more exposed than they would like and so develop a ruddy glow prematurely but it does mean the old, green flowers are stained with red too and they actually look pretty good and the violas pick up the colours nicely. And there is another hellebore coming up in a couple of days too – in a combination. But that really will be the last.
And, my feathered visitor. I have decided on a name. Brad suggested Helios which, since the canary appeared on the day of the eclipse, was a brilliant name. I then adapted that suggestion and decided to go for Phaeton. He was the son of Helios and tried to take the sun across the skies from the east but he couldn’t and lost control and the sun got too close to the earth. Zeus saw the danger and killed Phaeton with a thunderbolt and averted disaster. Since the canary appeared when the sun was (seemingly) doing odd things it seemed a fitting name, based on Helios. But then I looked at him and it doesn’t seem fair to burden him with such a complicated name – he only wants to eat seeds and his chopped kale and sing away. So I will go with another suggestion and he is now Sunny. Thank you https://thelonggardenpath.wordpress.com/