New additions to the hellebores

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Hellebores are a bit like single malts – you just have to buy another if it is a bit different. So although I don’t need more hellebores really, I had to buy two more when I saw them at a garden centre when I met up with friends last week. Apart from anything else it didn’t seem right to go to a garden centre and only drink tea!

The one that really impressed me was ‘Spring Promise Lily’ (TM). This is one of the latest in the Gold Collection that is bred in Germany and is micropropped so all the plant are identical rather than being seedlings. I hope that it is not sterile as I am planning to add it with the other doubles in the hope that it may provide some superior seedlings and improve my saplines. I was impressed by the tall and sturdy stems and the very bright pink colouration. The double flowers are large and the deep pink veins are bright raspberry red.

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Rather less exciting but just as pretty is ‘Double Ellen’ (R) Pink. I am fairly sure these are seed-raised and the flowers are smaller but just as pretty in a different way. The flowers nod and the outside of the petals are a deeper pink so they make a good show even without bending down to look at them.

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6 Comments on “New additions to the hellebores”

  1. joy
    February 22, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    stunning . got mine planted thank you.

  2. thelonggardenpath
    February 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    They are so lovely! I can see why you gave in to temptation. I consider myself so lucky to live on the doorstep of Ashwood nurseries, who breed and specialise in hellebores. It’s such a joy – and temptation – to visit at this time of year. Must go!

    • thebikinggardener
      February 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

      Yes, I have been, several years ago, and it was very difficult to narrow down a selection to what was affordable!

  3. Gill Heavens
    February 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    They are both beauties! My sister in law is called Ellen so you have just given me an idea for a perfect present. πŸ™‚

    • thebikinggardener
      February 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      I think there are other colours in the Ellen series too. Sounds like a plan πŸ™‚ I hope you can find some locally

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