Purple Hellebore (sc 2018-4-15)
Hellebore, either Christmas Rose (H. niger) or Lenten Rose (H. orientalis) - no ID tag for this plant. They come in several colors, including a deep dusty magenta, as seen here, white, and greenish creamy yellow. Their low stature and drooping flower habit makes them a challenge to photograph. These particular plants had a few side-facing blooms, fortunately. They are a bit unusual to my experience in that the blooms are double in form, so there are many more petals than in a typical single-form hellebore blossom.
My little Canon G7X, with its macro mode and 'in your face' focal distance, with its moveable LCD screen for viewing at odd angles, makes it possible, barely, to shoot low to the ground, and even from beneath drooping, low hanging blooms, without having to lie on my belly to do so. It isn't that I mind getting 'down and dirty'. The problem with that is the likelihood of crushing other plants in the beds.
Hosta Hillside, Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
Taken April 13, 2018
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