Ranunculites, Unite

Helleborus niger 'Josef Lemper'
I can no longer deny it. It's becoming just too obvious to hide. I must come out in the open with it.

I know many will understand, but others will shake their heads and click their tongues with a little "tsk tsk".

I am a Ranunculite.

I've come to realize that many of the flowers I love and have become obsessed with are in the plant family Ranunculaceae.

Clematis. Yes, I can't get enough of them, especially those with bell shaped blooms.

Delphinium. I went through a few seasons trying to find one that would bloom reliably from year to year in my garden. My search continues.

Helleborus. This is my latest obsession, now that H. niger 'Josef Lemper' is blooming in December in my garden. I repeat. Blooming. In December. In my garden.

And don't forget Aquilegia, which many know as Columbine. I love when they are blooming in the spring.

This winter, I'm going to begin a study of the genus Helleborus and look for more of these to grow in my garden. Maybe I will buy myself a book about hellebores?& Or put it on my Christmas wish list in case someone still wants to buy me something. Yes, thank you for asking, a book on Clematis was already on my list. (That alone was a strong clue that I was a Ranunculite.)

I'm so glad this is out in the open now. I know I'm not alone, though. Let's all fess up if we are Ranunculites, gardeners who are obsessed with flowers in the plant family Ranunculaceae

Ranunculites, unite.


  1. And of course the assorted Celandine cultivars. I have a few Brazen Husseys in pots, but need to get some other varieties again, as some of them didn't get through last Winter.

  2. ...and ranunculus right??

    I'm with you! I want lots and lots of hellebores!

  3. I have a similar obsession with the Mallow family in my hot Austin garden, though Ranunculus family is right behind it. I could probably do my entire yard with those two. Well, maybe three with Salvias added.

  4. Oh Blue Shed Thinking I have Brazen Hussy as well. I originally got it just for the name (who could resist??) but now love the little shiny yellow flowers above those browny-black leaves. One of my favorites!

  5. I planted a blue hellebore last year. It survived the summer and is making new leaves. Must join you in getting more.

  6. Today I found in my garden the very first leaves of Lesser Celandine... I know that for many gardeners it's considered a weed, but for me, this Ranunculus ficaria is the first true Herald of Spring...

    Indeed, the shortest night has yet to come, but we can be sure that eventually spring will come!

  7. Of course I meant the longest night.

  8. You are so right about hellebores. If you're looking for a book on them, try the one by C. Colston Burrell and Judith Knott Tyler pulished by Tmber Press in 2006. It's titled (appropriately) "Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide."


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