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Hellebore heaven


As a member of the local HPS I get to visit other members gardens. Last Sunday, which was sunny and compared to the previous weeks warm, we had a private group visit.
Now the lady used to breed hellebores for fun and although her garden was devastated in the 2007 floods she has many spectacular plants.

A stunning anemone centred form.

A very pink speckled hybrid.

I love this species one, didn’t write the name down and not had chance to look it up.
The next one is slightly bigger but not by much.

This greener one was 50yds away from the others.

The white one you can see below this pink form is the back of the flower; yep honest; it is the back of the flower. We were blown away by how many she had.

And just perfect simplicity in this dark form.

H. foetida ‘Wester Fisk’ welcomed us into the garden.

As well as hellebores there were Corydalis solida in a range of colour forms.

A clump of Erythronium, sadly the label had weathered so we couldn’t see exactly which one it is.

And Paeonia tenuifolia.

There were also many spring bulbs, Pulmonaria and Iris species.

I have an invitation to go back when the many Paeonia species flower.

I cant wait.

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Lovely set of pics.
In the final photo, the structure of the Paeonia is fascinating... :o)

12 Apr, 2013


That first Hellebore is stunning. The paeonia is one for which seeds were available from this years seed exchange. I had looked it up and was surprised to find it was first mentioned away back in the late 1700's. It is strange that we don't see more of them around when you see how attractive it is. Thank you for sharing.

12 Apr, 2013


What a lovely selection,Sbg..I really love those green ones..I haven't seen that colour before..are those your hands showing the flowerheads? if so,how do you keep your nails so nicely..and so clean ?? :o)

12 Apr, 2013


Heaven indeed. As I said on my own blog. Hellebores have not brrbeen disappointing this year! I'll be looking forward to the peony blog!

12 Apr, 2013


Great selection of hellebores, wonderful photos. I agree about the hands, mine always seem to have soil in the fingernails no matter how hard I try to clean them!

13 Apr, 2013


Yes they are my hands and nails. I scrape my nails on a bar of soap before I start gardening. this helps. Also I had to do a major hand wash on the Saturday as my washing machine died, so extra washing.

I am going to seek out the small greenish one. it is small and so attractive.
The Paeonia has scarlet flowers and I'm also surprised it isn't more widely grown.

13 Apr, 2013


Really lovely photo,s love the green one ...

13 Apr, 2013


Not surprised at how fascinated you were SBG, John Massey of Ashwoods Nursery which is only about 20mins from me holds the National collection of Helebores and some of them are just stunning.

13 Apr, 2013


Aaaargh. Must be hellebore heaven (as Scottish says). I want to cry (but that could be the G & T.)

14 Apr, 2013

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