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These Hellebriares were spotted blooming on the North Fork this week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
These hellebores were spotted blooming on the North Fork this week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

An avid North Fork home gardener posted a photo on her Facebook page this week stating that just a few days prior the hellebores she planted in her front yard garden were “covered with four and five inches of snow.”

By Wednesday, that had changed.

“Here they are announcing that spring is on its way,” she posted.

We stopped by her Cutchogue home to get an up-close look at these winter beauties.

The variety she planted is “helleborus ballardiae,” which are commonly called “pink frost.”

Hellebores also go by the name “Lenten rose” because they bloom around the beginning of Lent, according to finegardening.com. It is a long blooming, low-maintenance evergreen perennial that can tolerate dry shade and can flower even before the snow melts.

“You simply have to love a plant that braves what nature throws at it and can still show off at this time of year,” said writer David Culp in this Fine Gardening magazine article.

Your North Fork Sunday Scene features weekly snap shots of life on Long Island’s top fork

Credit: Barbaraellen Koch
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch
Credit: Barbaraellen Koch

Previous North Fork Sunday Scenes:

A field of geese? Look again

A North Fork snow day

A New Suffolk Ave. sunset drive

Icicles form at Iron Pier Beach

Birds of many feathers in Riverhead

Blanket-wrapped horses

Katahdin sheep in Jamesport

Late fall harvest at Andrews Family Farm

Feisty Acres quail farm

Fall art in the fields

North Fork fall foliage

Healing with Horses

Harvest is coming

CSA pickup day at Biophilia

A postcard from Love Lane

Bring on summer

A stroll down Oregon Road

‘Zenful’ flowers in Baiting Hollow

Hello from this North Fork mama and her babies

North Fork asparagus is here

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