"The water like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white"
- from 'The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Meet "Mrs Betty Ranicar" possibly my favourite hellebore who you can see floating in a glass container. She was going to float in another receptacle - an old dark blue flower shaped glass sugar bowl which nestles in a silver stand. I prepared to launch her when disaster struck. After three attempts which saw water oozing out of the bowl I reached in to remove the bowl, only to discover that it is fatally cracked. So a last minute change of plan resulted in the 'vase' you see which normally holds a candle. Its origins have been lost in the mists of time. The glass beads came with a gift from my mother I think.
The hellebore was purchased in 2005 at an RHS Show in London. Although she has never been a particularly vigorous plant she is still going. The plan is to move her later this year as she is possibly in too shady a spot. She is named after a renowned Tasmanian gardener in whose garden she was discovered. Apparently she usually comes true from seed. However last year was the first year that she produced any seed! Instead of sowing it immediately on discovery the seeds went into a little brown envelope just for a few days or so was the plan. The packet was swallowed up in the contents of my seed box only coming to light a few days ago. I have now sown it but am not sure how successful germination will be knowing how the seed is best sown fresh.
The bottle of water was required for me to quench my thirst after the exertions of wiping the water up. In this case fortunately there was a drop to drink. It also seemed to echo the colour of the glass beads and the fact that the shape of this hellebore reminds me of a water lily.
Thanks as always to Cathy over at 'Rambling in The Garden', who came up with the excellent idea of celebrating the start of a new week by sharing floral offering from our gardens.