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Hellebore 'Helen Ballard strain'
 

Isn’t she lovely?

Three years in the making, having been grown from seed, this one was worth the wait. It came from a packet of Hellebore ‘Helen Ballard strain’. I think I got 8 or 9 seedlings in total. Most turned out pretty much alike, white with various degrees of speckling, but this stands out from the crowd. Lightly speckled green tinged interior and outer petals flushed with pink her blooms are larger than the average hellebore too. She should really be promoted from a current lowly position on the bank but I’m loath to take the risk of moving her just yet. A bit of slug protection might be appropriate for next year though..

 
 

Helleborus 'Penny's Pink'

 

Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’

Hellebores are still going strong in the garden and are, undoubtedly, one of its Spring highlights. Each year I add a couple more and they’re gradually making their presence felt. Some of the original additions are forming large clumps and I am now pondering the possibility of dividing them. According to the RHS, most professional growers favour September although it can also be done in early Spring. Given the heavy, cold, wet winter soil in this part of Devon the Spring route is possibly the safest one for me.

 
 

Helleborus 'Harvington Red'

 

Helleborus ‘Harvington Red’

Hellebores are also the perfect plants to grow on a slope. There’s usually somewhere to stand, or at the very least wedge the camera, to get a good view up inside the blooms.

 
 

Helleborus orientalis 'Anja Oudolf'

 

Helleborus orientalis ‘Anja Oudolf’

 
 

Helleborus 'Cinderella'

 

Helleborus ‘Cinderella’

 

The drifts of snowdrops which characterised the February garden have gone to seed to be replaced by carpets of blue and gold.

 
 

Grape hyacinths (Muscari)

 

Grape hyacinths (Muscari)

The survivors of squirrel and vole attack are finally establishing themselves and beginning to spread.

 
 

Pulmonaria

 

Pulmonaria

Cutting a swathe down the face of the Precipitous Bank, they are alive with bees.

 
 

Daffodils

 

In place of the snowdrops the woodland floor now provides carpets of daffodils.

 
 

Daffodils

 

They’ve even popped up amongst the Anemanthele lessoniana I evicted relocated to more spacious accommodation on the woodland edge. Another of those serendipitous combinations that nature manages to orchestrate so much better than me.

 
 

Primula vulgaris

 

Primula vulgaris

And the first of what must surely be the many millions of wild primroses soon to sprout from Devon banks right across the county.

 
 

Pieris

 

Pieris

 
 

Camellia x vernalis 'Yuletide'

 

Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’

For those who thought Christmas was done and dusted for a while, well, not quite. Purchased in an online sale for a song Camellia ‘Yuletide’ has rewarded me with a single bloom. She eagerly awaits the ritual perambulation around the garden, pot tried out for size in any number of different locations pending a decision on where she might be placed.

 
 

 

Possibly not next to this one.. Camellia NoID.

Yellow and spindly and left for dead in a six inch pot by a previous owner, she has flourished now her roots are in the soil.

 
 

 

Camellia NoID.

Remaining in intensive care. This one has been with me for years but never really thrived. Worth the continuing effort though for those delicately splashed blooms.

 

Whichever way you look at it, at last it does seem Spring has sprung.

With apologies to friends in North America still under several feet of snow and ice.. your turn will come!

 
 

 
 

Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (here) at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of March bloomers from around the world.

 
 
 

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107 Comments

  1. Sam March 15, 2017 at 8:25 am - Reply

    The red hellebore is lovely. We have just one pink hellebore at the bottom of the garden but I would love more. One of the many, many plants on my list… It’s definitely looking spring-like with you, Jessica. I love the drifts of pulmonaria and daffs. It’s such a pleasure to see everything ramping up a gear, isn’t it?

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      It’s fabulous. All of a sudden everything is coming on in a rush. The gardener is struggling to keep up.

  2. Alison Piasecka March 15, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I am trying slowly to introduce more hellebores too…they are so good even in my drier places in the sun after flowering too… you are right, how handy a slope would be…I have to lie down!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      I virtually had to lie down for the muscari shot… I know the feeling!

  3. ourfrenchoasis March 15, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

    It’s looking gorgeous, don’t you just love the explosion of flowers and colour at this time of year, the garden is permanently calling, it is fabulous to be outside so much again!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      It’s nice to be outside without an umbrella! Your garden is looking fabulous too, love Spring 🙂

  4. derrickjknight March 15, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Great shots of lovely plants

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Derrick.

  5. Henriet from Holland March 15, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    After several frustrating tries with Hellebores which just wouldn’t… we now finally have some good ones that actually flower. and we got them in an unexpected way. My husband was helping some aged neighbours with their move to a ‘home’, and sadly they had to leave their garden. “Take anything from the garden you want, we can’t take it with us.” Yesss! Hellebores, now blooming!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you got some hellebores, they are wonderful plants. I hope the previous owner still has some nice flowers to look out on too.

  6. Susan Garrett March 15, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Some beautiful blooms I expect your hellebores are also sowing seed everywhere and in a few years will carpet the area. S sight that will be worth waiting for especially positioned as yours are,

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      It’s strange, but I’m finding very few seedlings. It must be our heavy clay soil. Even around the established clumps.

  7. Pauline March 15, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Your drifts are beautiful, I do like a drift! This month is wonderful down here, new flowers are opening every day making the garden better and better each time I venture out.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      And not just in the garden. It’s wonderful to see all the blooms appearing on the Devon banks too. The next few months it’s just lovely to be outside.

  8. Lea March 15, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Beautiful! Love the Camellias. Wonderful Hellebores, especially Cinderella!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lea. It’s a wonderful time of year isn’t it. Enjoy!

  9. londoncottagegarden March 15, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

    This is such a lovely article and of course the pics are lovely. I am encouraged by your nurturing of failing plants and bringing them back to life with patience. I have been too quick to throw failing plants away – I shall change my ways. However, I have to adapt all my decisions to the fact that I have a smallish city garden with limited space and no hidden corners. That means a few of this and that and o great swathes of anything – except celandine which has carpeted the beds while I wasn’t looking. Oh well.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Hello and welcome.
      Ah yes, celandine does have a habit of doing that. I had it all over my last garden but seem to have escaped it here. Plenty of other invasive weeds to make up for it though. I think the previous owner here feared the soil insufficiently acid for his camellias and rhododendrons and grew them all in pots. The pots eventually became far too small and the plants struggled. Actually the soil is fine. Once I planted everything out it thrived. Wonderful to see.

  10. wildlifegardenerblog March 15, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Thank you for the well wishes to those of us in the U.S.; under about 2 feet of snow as of this morning. But your flowers are lovely and were the bright point of my morning.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks and welcome! I do hope Spring arrives with you soon and it will be all the better for the wait.

  11. CJ March 15, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Oh gorgeous camellias, especially that last one. They are one of my favourite plants, I think I need more of them in my life. I have a tiny white one in the front garden with some lovely fat buds on it. Do they do well in strong sun? My rear garden is south facing and a pot on the patio would get properly roasted. I’m guessing your open red one might be good for bees, although some of the doubles not so much. I need a happy hour or two of research I think. CJ xx

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      This one has pretty much full on sun, but then full sun here is not a frequent occurrence! The usual advice is to avoid an east facing position as frosted buds, which then thaw rapidly in the early morning sun, tend to turn brown and drop off.

  12. Sigrun March 15, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Hi, Jessica, the Annemantele Gras is not hardy in my garden. It is so beautiful. 10 Years ago I got this gras as a present in a big cornish garden.
    The Outdolf Hellebore ist great!

    Sigrun

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      The Oudolf hellebore is one of my favourites, such delicate markings. It’s not one of the most robust for me though, sadly.

  13. Christina March 15, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    A slope is ideal for Hellebores if it is moist enough for them; lovely to be able to look up into their flowers. Your beautiful Hellebore from seed is a real gem; You’ll have to name it Jessica or Rusty Duck!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      I was tempted to name it rusty duck, bit of a cheek as it was bought seed. If it has offspring though..

  14. Michelle Chapman March 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Love the hellebores! I have some new doubles blooming for the first time this year 🙂 I’ve stayed at the place where Helen Ballard experimented with her hellebores – it’s a farm near Malvern which was a B&B, perfectly placed for Malvern Show. Sadly I’ve just heard they’re not open this year, otherwise I’d give you a hearty recommendation to go there!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Oh what a shame, your B&B sounds excellent. I am late to doubles. Having now got two or three of them I have to say I don’t know why I waited so long. The layering of the petals is so elegant.

  15. An Eye For Detail March 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    What glorious pictures! They are all just beautiful, and yes, isn’t it wonderful that Spring has finally arrived (although it’s very cold and windy here today!)

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks. We are back to the grey and drizzly stuff. And not especially warm either! Hey ho. Such is Spring.

  16. jenhumm116 March 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful spring post, all is blooming lovely!
    And I’ve already diaried to ask you for a division of that beautiful seed grown hellebore in 2020 😉

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      If she is still alive and dividable, you are welcome!

  17. Dorothy Borders March 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Your almost-spring garden is full of beautiful blooms. Happy Bloom Day.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dorothy. We are getting there. Next month (I hope) will really start to feel like Spring. Not that I want time to speed up…

  18. linda March 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Bloomin’ Gorgeous!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. You must be feeling the cold.. keep cosy!

  19. Linda from Each Little World March 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing and promising spring will come.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

      It will, hang in there!

  20. Anne Wheaton March 15, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Fabulous colour. Every year I look at your photos of beautiful hellebores and vow to get some for the garden but forget all about it – probably because I’m wowed by your next post filled with blooms that I also covet.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      I was tempted by two more hellebores online today (20% off) and in the end decided to wait until next year because they’d be almost over when they arrived. Then next year I promptly forget..

  21. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden) March 15, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    No need to apologize, although my Lenten roses are buried under almost 3 feet of snow. Loved every one of yours. Your blooms warm me up!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      That was one big snowstorm all right. It even made the BBC news.

  22. […] to Northeastern Gardening in Long Island NY (hellebore!); The Nature of Things – zone 9a; rusty duck in SW England (more hellebore, plus muscari, camellias, pieris in bloom, more) […]

  23. Julieanne March 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    The Anemanthele and the daffs do go very well together. Surely you deserve a little of the credit. I love your H. Anja Oudolf, one I’ll look out for. Certainly looks like a happy Spring has sprung at Rusty Duck.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      No credit. I didn’t know the daffs were there when I plonked the grasses on top of them. But it does work. Thankfully there will always be plenty of Anemanthele offspring to repeat it somewhere else!

  24. Archie The Wonder Dog March 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Glorious photos! I’m eagerly awaiting the first flower from the two hellebores in my garden (bought as small seedlings from an open garden plant stall about two years ago) – there’s something developing, I’m just not sure if it’s a leaf or a flower. (I suspect it’s a leaf!)

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Oh, I hope it’s a flower. But leaves are good too. The plant is healthy if it’s producing leaves. Next year.. they do take a while.

  25. angie the freckled rose March 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Your garden is simply breathtaking! Very inspiring 🙂

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      You’re too kind. Thanks. I do know it’s a lot of work..

  26. Pullingweeds March 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Your spring garden is looking great. I’d watch those Muscari though – in my experience, once they get a foothold they tend to want to take over.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      They’ve a bit of room to manoeuvre yet but, yes, I’ve heard they seed for England. When it starts to become a problem I’ll chop the flowers as soon as they’ve bloomed. Famous last words..

  27. Jayne Hill March 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Well done on the Hellebore; I have Harvington Red and Cinderella – both are beautiful. I can thoroughly recommend “Tutu” if you can find it (or I could send you some seed, you have more success than me). It is a lovely deep pink with a double pleated inner skirt.

    Your Spring garden is noticeably further ahead than ours 😊

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Tutu sounds delightful if the name is anything to go by! My success at seed may well be beginners luck. Any scientific trial needs to be capable of replicating..

  28. grammapenny March 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous.. My hellebores are under 18 inches of snow.. I think they will be visible in April sometime.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Your snowstorm even made it to the BBC news. But Spring is coming, I hope the snow doesn’t last too long. And hellebores are tough!

  29. snowbird March 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    What lovely drifts! Your hellebore’s and camellia’s are to die for. I especially loved Penny’s pink.xxx

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      It’s a stunning colour Penny’s Pink isn’t it. A really good grower too.

  30. Brian Skeys March 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Your bank is an ideal position for hellebores allowing you to see their faces when you walk the 84? steps. The last camellia is delicately beautiful.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Yes, 84. And I feel every one of them. It is gorgeous that last camellia. Only wish I still had the label.

  31. Beth @ PlantPostings March 16, 2017 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I have Hellebore envy right now. Mine were just about to bloom and then we had a big snowstorm. I covered them, so hopefully they’ll be OK. Oh, and your Camellias are gorgeous, too!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      They are tough hellebores. I remember going to the Devon RHS garden a couple of years back on a very frosty morning, no snow cover. As they thawed you could almost see the blooms pulling themselves straight again. I hope yours make it through, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.

  32. Peter/Outlaw March 16, 2017 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Spring has arrived in splendor in your garden! So many gorgeous hellebores! Thank goodness we have no snow, just nearly constant rain.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      It was like that here until very recently. It still feels odd going outside without an umbrella! Thanks Peter.

  33. Kris P March 16, 2017 at 3:33 am - Reply

    I am SO impressed by the seed-grown hellebores! Your glorious hellebores in general put my 3 (that’s it) flowers to shame – I’m pushing my climate a bit too far in expecting hellebore (or peonies) to flower, I think. Your Camellias also look wonderful, while mine are mostly done for the year. I no longer even try to grow primrose.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      It’s tempting to push the boundaries. I do so the other way and whilst I may be lucky for a couple of years I’m usually caught out in the end.

  34. annamadeit March 16, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos of beautiful Hellebores – wow! And I love the daff/pheasant grass combo. Just lovely!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      The daffs did me proud didn’t they. I’m not normally a fan of the big ones, I’ve actually been digging them up. That combo may get to stay.

  35. germac4 March 16, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    What a wonderful blossoming spring you are having so far! I love the Hellebores, and I don’t think I could ever have such pretty ones here, we just don’t get enough rain. But your hellebores are quite special, perhaps being grown from seed. A hillside full of hellebores would be heaven!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      The only way I’ll ever be able to afford a hillside full of hellebores is by growing them from seed. That’s why I tried in the first place. Even so, eight plants every three years is going to take a while!

  36. germac4 March 16, 2017 at 5:51 am - Reply

    PS I should also say, your hellebores are also special because you treat them with such care.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      The expensive ones deserve a bit of extra tlc. They’re quite tough though and thankfully nothing seems to eat them. Always a plus around here. One got destroyed by slugs once, but I think that was my fault for putting it where I did.

  37. ginaferrari March 16, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

    The hellebores are my favourite!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Mine too!

  38. Amy at love made my home March 16, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    So lovely to catch up on all that is going on in your garden. Very pretty!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Amy. Isn’t it great to see Spring appearing?

  39. Torrington Tina March 16, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    You have raised a beauty. I know from previous experience that Hellebores do not seem to like being divided too much, my divisions were too small and sulked with no flowers for three years. A good excuse to buy a few more choice plants, I think.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      They have huge fleshy roots that do seem vulnerable to damage. I once saw the chap from Harvington cut into them with a knife and say they’d be fine. I doubted it then and I still do.

  40. kate@barnhouse March 16, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    I now have serious hellebore envy, Jessica. The slope is suddenly such an asset!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      The slope has few advantages but this is one!

  41. Brenda March 16, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    No apologies necessary. Although we are blanketed in snow, our time will come! In the meantime, we can feast our eyes on your gorgeous blooms.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      I hope the thaw soon follows, as long as that doesn’t bring flooding with it. Take care, keep warm and sit it out.

  42. hb March 16, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Your hellebores are so beautiful. I hope my copy of ‘Penny’ can tolerate Southern California. Here slopes are too dry for them–not a problem I think for you in Devon! The Camellia liberated from the pot is also quite wonderful. What good care can do.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      Before we even finished the removal unpacking I was out in the garden with a pH tester. Turns out the soil is just perfect for camellias. So liberated it was.

  43. Cathy March 16, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Your hellebores are gotgeous, Jessica – isn’t t lovely when they begin to bulk up? I especially liked your bank of pulmonaria too – it seems to be such an underrated plant, but one I love

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:10 pm - Reply

      Pulmonaria is one of the first things to bloom here. I love it for that alone.

  44. Jacqueline March 16, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Oh WOW Jessica … what a display …… and it’s only mid-March !! Your hellebores are a picture …. I’ve just been doing things in the garden and have noticed that my really large hellebore is as dead as a dodo !!! Time for a visit to the garden centre I think ! XXXX

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      Oh no! You can’t be without hellebores. Enjoy the garden centre trip. So much temptation!

  45. Jessi March 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Wow, your garden looks so beautiful!!! Love all those spring blossom pictures!!! Keep sharing:)

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Jessi, thanks and welcome! I hope you escaped the snow in Philadelphia.

  46. smallsunnygarden March 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    It seems you have proven the value of the Precipitous Bank for hellebore growing and photography 😉 That Helen Ballard seedling is a treasure…
    I do love it when nature arranges the plants so nicely, and they’re always happier for it, seemingly!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Hellebores are for but two months. For the other ten the Precipitous Bank is for slithering down and falling off. 🙂

  47. Your spring blooms are lovely and it is so nice to see how beautiful the seed grown Hellebores are after just three years, They are very hard to find in nurseries and I have thought of growing them from seed but was not sure how successful they would be. Your Helleborus ‘Cinderella’ are exceptionally beautiful, as well as the others! Your Daffodils and Camellia are also a wonderful sight for this gardener longing for spring!

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lee. Spring can’t be far away. I shall try sowing hellebore seed again. I can’t remember what the strike rate was but eight or nine plants out of a packet isn’t bad. Maybe push the boat out and buy two packets this year!

  48. wherethejourneytakesme March 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures – you have been working hard.

    • Jessica March 16, 2017 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Viv. I just stick ’em in the ground. Nature does the rest. 🙂

  49. Lisa Greenbow March 17, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply

    I love those noID camillias. They look like roses to me. I bet they have a fragrance too. If not don’t tell me because I think I can smell them. 🙂 You have quite a plethora of blooms. Lovely. Happy GBBD.

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Sadly as a gardener I have a really poor nose for scent. Therefore I can’t say anything to disappoint! Thanks Lisa.

  50. Jennifer Dennis March 17, 2017 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I’ve never seen a swath of pulmonaria before. Gorgeous! So that’s what it’s suppose to look like! I love your hellebore collection. Happy GBBD from the PNW.

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

      The pulmonaria patch is much much larger than I’ve shown. The trouble is they’re such tiny blooms if I zoom out the lens they just don’t show up!

  51. emilymbrown13 March 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous hellebores. My pulmonaria is a little feeble this year – much less of it than last year. I shall have to pay it some attention to get a swathe anything like yours.

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

      The last couple of years I have followed the advice and trimmed them back after flowering. It does seem to help.

  52. Sarah March 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I hadn’t thought of trying to grow hellebores from seeds. Your tree year wait was worth it, that is a lovely specimen. We have some in a raised bed and it is lovely to look at them at eye level while sitting down inside. Sarah x

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Many people say hellebores self seed for them freely. It doesn’t seem to happen for me, but buying a packet of seed doesn’t cost much and on first experience seems to work fairly well. Although the flower colour is a bit hit and miss. I shall try another lot this year.

  53. Suzanne March 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Lovely! Really wonderful photos. Yes, us yanks are anxiously awaiting our turn.

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

      I hope Spring comes your way soon Suzanne! Getting colder again here this week.. likely frost. Just as all those tender green shoots are pushing out!

  54. Cecilia March 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Incredible pictures, every single one! Wow, you made my day! Thanks.

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Hi Cecilia, thanks and welcome!

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