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Bigger & Bolder – the Tasmanian Elizabethtown Hybrids

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.

Orchard Path, February 23rd

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

Popping Up – This Season’s Hellebore Sale

It’s always said that with hybrid hellebores the one way of being sure of finding the flower form and colour that suits you is to purchase plants in bloom.

With that in mind, Frogswell will be open for hellebore viewing in the second week of February. Afternoons only, and by prior appointment. See the Events 2019 section for details.

Hellebore plants still available include some picotees and semi-doubles, as well as the more usual singles in a range of colours. Mainly from divisions, though there will also be a few seedlings available.

It’s also an opportunity to preview the forms that will be available from division next season, and make choices.

Only the giant pleated-leaved snowdrops are bold enough to stand up to the Lenten Roses as close neighbours

Also available: small quantities of double and tall single snowdrops, early daffodils and other woodland plants.

This is by no means a full-dress Charity Open Day – that has to wait on the April trout lilies, corydalis and heritage narcissi.

Earliest of the Slates

Quiet and subtle: low- growing, with down-facing blooms in a subtle grey-blue-purple, but immensely floriferous and reliable and the earliest of all the slates to flower.

It came from Adtian at Southease Hellebores in Sussex, who was breeding dark strains at the time.

One of of my first – and only – batch of bought-in hellebores. It soon became apparent that there was a wealth of forms and colours to be evaluated and worked on, among ypung plants and established clumps, and that introducing more potential breeding material would just be a distraction.