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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.

Meanwhile, outside the gate…

A reason not to be out and about

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

Dodging Storm Ellen – and her successors

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
Lough Cullin N. Shore Feb 17th

Delayed Hellebore Day

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.

Fully open double snowdrops – always the earliest

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.

Early Spring Flowering

Coming out of Hibernation – a Garden – & a Blog

Crocus Whitwell Purple – an early-flowerng Tomasinianus hybrid

Plants available, mid-February


From division – 4 years+

Single White, single freckled mauve, single red, single spotted pink, single pink freckled.

Also a few picotee and anemone flowered (semi-double) plants.

No doubles this year.

From seed, 3 three year old, first flowering plants.

White, light red spotting, ex Helleborus Guttatus, and assorted coloured seedlings.


Groundcover and small perennial plants, 9cm pots:

Pink and purple forms of Corydalis
Copper-leaved early flowering Ajuga (Bugle)

Dark-leaved late flowering Ajuga

Ground-cover violet, dark purple flowers, golden young leaves

Double blue vinca, white flowered variegated vinca (periwinkles) double Celandine, variegated leaves (Monksilver)
Celandine, large-flowered garden form.
Pulmonaria, blue shades, spotted leaves (lungwort).


Small quantities of garden snowdrops, double and tall single, species tulips, etc.

Native snowdrops in the green; small quantities will be available in March. To reserve, use the comments form.