For a long time now I have been hankering after some Hellebores. Lovely flowers; shame about the price. In our local Garden Centre they are usually offered at about £12.99 to £15.99 for a one-litre pot, and I'm not prepared to pay that much. Recently however, one of my blogging friends - Sue from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments - published a link on her page to a special offer on Hellebores being run by Hayloft Plants. They were offering 6 Hellebore plants for £10, and I thought this an offer too good to miss (Thanks, Sue). Isn't the internet wonderful sometimes??
My plants arrived this week, about 10 days after ordering. They are what is known as "plug plants" - in other words they are quite small - but they look very healthy and have well-established root systems.
I didn't know when ordering what varieties would be in the collection, but they are all named on the pack, and I have been able to look them up on Hayloft Plants' well-illustrated website. This is what I got:
As many of you will know, I'm no expert on flowering plants, so I can't say whether these are good varieties or not, but I'm well satisfied. I plan to find out more about Hellebores. What little I know about them tells me that they ought to add a bit of colour to my garden at a time when not much else will be flowering, which will be very welcome.
On Friday afternoon I paid a visit to the Garden Centre mentioned above. I studiously avoided looking at any potted plants (e.g. Hellebores) and headed straight for the compost aisle. A short while later my new Hellebores were potted up into 5" pots:
A few months ago one of my other blogging friends, Elaine from Ramblings From Rosebank kindly sent me some seeds from a lovely dark-coloured Hellebore which she has in her garden. I sowed some of them back in July but none of them germinated, so I have recently sowed a second batch. Maybe I'll be lucky this time. I'll probably end up with more Hellebores than I have room for!