There was no theme for these six. I just took a few pictures of what happens to be blooming presently, and most just happened to be pink, or at least some variation of pink. The first picture of the bloom of the understock of flowering plum is my favorite this week, because it looks something like apricot bloom . . . in pink.

1. Flowering Plum – The flowering plum that was here first got cut down years ago. This tree grew from its understock. It is too pretty to cut down. The fruit is like apricots that never ripen.P00215-1

2. Rhododendron – Not many are blooming yet. This one is typically one of the earliest, but typically does not look so good. It tends to get battered by rain. There has been no rain in weeks.P00215-2

3. Camellia – Most that are blooming now happen to be simple pink like this one. None of the white ones are blooming. The few red ones that are blooming seem to be of just a single cultivar.P00215-3

4. Primrose – This one seemed to be more rosy magenta pink when I took this picture. (I don’t even know if that is a real color.) It certainly looks red here. All of their colors are pretty now.P00215-4

5. Corsican Hellebore – There is nothing pink about this one. It is just as sickly greenish white as it looks. I can not understand the allure. This is the only hellebore that does well for us here.P00215-5

6. Hellebore – Common hellebore is not at all happy here. Many were planted years ago. Many ferals grew from self sown seed. Only this grungy pink one inexplicably blooms so abundantly.P00215-6

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34 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Pretty In (Mostly) Pink

    1. It seem that everyone appreciated hellebore. When we grew them at the farm, we could not grow enough. Clients bought them before they were mature. I did not like selling substandard material, especially knowing that it would not likely do well in the landscapes that it was installed into. They are still very popular here now.

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  1. Tony, you are spoiled. Because you live in a beautiful place where so much grows and blooms so much of the year, you can pick and choose among hellebores. Those are the only 2 that grow for me. I treasure them because they bloom so easily and so early.


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    1. There are many species that do not perform here. It is too cool in winter for some tropical species, but not cool enough for those that require more of a chill. The popular hellebores do not perform reliably here. I do not know why. I would not have chosen those that are here now. They were here long before I arrived.


    1. Except for the flowering plum and primrose, the others are not very common in most of California, and even flowering plum is of a particular ornamental cultivar (rather than just understock gone wild). Hellebores are somewhat trendy, but uncommon because nurserymen do not want to grow them. Camellias should be more popular than they are.


    1. I think is should be white, but that is about as white as it gets here. It would be prettier in a pot or elevated planter. The flowers are too close to the ground and too pale to get noticed.


    1. If I could, I would. Even though they bloom more reliably than the other hellebores, they are so pale and so low to the ground that they get ignored. I am concerned that if I try to relocate them, that they will not perform as well. They are so marginal here.


      1. California just might have as much climactic diversity as all those places combined. That is whey the entertainment industry is based here where there is so much variety of scenery available within limited proximity.

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