The season for hellebores

The recent milder weather has hastened the flowering of most of our hellebores.  After snowdrops, they are the first concerted burst of colour in our garden.  They do have a tendency to hold their lovely heads downwards but are well worth a bend down to turn their faces towards one.  We bought a batch of 12 tiny plugs last year, grew them on in the nursery bed through the summer and planted them out in the Autumn.  They’re all named varieties and include some absolute stunners.  The picture on the left shows ‘Double Ellen Purple’, which is amongst my favourites.  Sadly, the beauty on the right has lost its label and is therefore currently nameless!

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