Hellebores are plants that seem to do OK in this garden. Tough leaves mean that they rarely get nibbled, and though the flowers can suffer from excessive gales they usually bounce back. Bonuses are that they are among the earliest flowering plants of the year and they continue for months. Some of the loveliest flowers however can be very expensive to buy and they hate being divided so the best way to propagate them is to collect seed.
In May 2019 I purchased seeds of various types and sowed them in coir pots, then placed them in what I thought was a cool sheltered location at the bottom of the garden. They can take months to germinate (November – March), so I wasn’t bothered that there were no signs of any life in the autumn. It is important that the seeds do not dry out completely at this stage so I checked on them frequently. Unfortunately the location wasn’t all that sheltered after all and over the winter the pots got blown about and suffered from excessive rain! Seed labelling was useless.
When seedlings emerged in 2020 with their first true leaves I potted them on, not knowing what had survived, and moved them onto a bench so they wouldn’t get eaten. Those that continued to grow were potted on again in 2021 into 2L deep pots. This year I was happy to see that six of those plants had at least one bud. And five of them were not white.
What I bought.
- Apricot Picotee with veining
- Picotee with veining
- Picotee Anemone
- Apple Blossom Anemone
What I have in flower this year.
White spotted. Various degrees of spotting, most quite heavily marked with a clear white band around the outer edges of each petal
Pink anemone centre. Pink flowers, some with spots or speckles. Central ruff
Wine Red. This variety is a dark purple-red colour and has a beautiful gloss finish to the outer petals.
Pink-red. A bright, fairly deep pink colour. Tall, robust looking plants, usually with large, rounded flowers.
White. One of the earliest flowering types. Pure white blooms that show well in the garden. This one has a distinct green tinge in bud.
Pink spotted. Various degrees of spotting, most quite heavily marked with a clear pink band around the outer edges of each petal
There are another half a dozen plants that have yet to produce any flowers. Hopefully there will be some more interesting specimens amongst them, but we may have to wait until next year to find out.
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