Raised at Frogswell by my predecessor Jane and myself, from seed sourced from the collection of John Bradley, the Tasmanian breeder. These dramatic plants are no longer in commercial propagation.
The last of the orchard hellebore areas to be planted, focussing mainly on lighter colours – pale pinks, cream-yellows and picotee-edged whites. Most plants are now five or six years old, and producing dozens of blooms
Sunday 23rd looks like being is the only calmish day in the coming week. On the other hand, there is another centimetre a day of rain to come between now and then, paths are already under standing water, and likely there is flooding on local roads as well.
So, alternatives to a live open afternoon on February 23rd:
- Virtual visit – a gallery post or two for Sunday.
- Wait for the heritage daffodils in March.
- For anyone with wellingtons and determination to make the trip over during the week 23rd – 28th, email a day ahead to firstname.lastname@example.org
The weekend of the 15th to 16th February is now looking like 50 mile an hour gales and snow. (Again.) While the hellebores will survive such conditions gracefully, humans outdoors may not.
Fallback date is Sunday, February 23
The only likely casualties will be the small frilly double snowdrops, as these are already in full flower, and quite delicate.
Confirmation and directions Monday 17th
Potted hybrid hellebore and snowdrop plants for sale. Also some surplus bare-root stock for re-homing – charity donation appreciated.