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Updated Apr 23, 2014, 5:13 AM
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Happy Easter Sunday
Today marks the start of the Easter Season, the period of 50 days ending with Pentecost Sunday
A time of celebration.
For me it is a time of renewal, sprucing up the garden, photographing new growth, trying out the hammock etc
Tomorrow we are headed to Boston to watch my daughter run in the Boston Marathon
One of the first spring flowers I see in the the garden are the Hellebores, commonly called the "Lenten Rose " or "Christmas Rose"
although it nothing in common with the rose. It is in the same family as the Buttercup.
I was a bit concerned about these plant. I had purchased several new varieties last May and they were not fully established.
To my delight they seem to have survived this brutal winter.
I have located my Hellebores in mostly shaded location. The plants are toxic and will not be damaged by deer.
After flowering they have attractive dark green foliage that lasts well into the fall.
I purchased my plants from my friends at Mason Hollow Nursery, pay them a visit and check out their selection.
Okay it is not an alien, but it does look like something from another world
This is the flower of the Japanese Butterbur which pops out of the ground in early spring. It is native to Japan and is edible, although I get nervous whenever I read of cumulative damage to the liver and tumor formation caused by some of its constituents.
Later the leaves will emerge. They are impressively large. I will post more photos at that time.
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