I'm a fully paid up member of the Hellebore Appreciation Society
By fully paid up, i mean as well as cooing at lots of photos on Instagram, I tend to buy quite a few of them each year. (understatement alert!)
Now some of them are for Clients, as the Hellebore is a wonderful easy to grow, low maintenance garden plant. They get bigger and better every year, need very little looking after - a water if it gets dry, and the leaves removed at the beginning of the year to prevent Hellebore Black Spot spreading, and that's it. They also flower at an empty time of year, outside with no protection, so they're an important early Spring flower. Here are some that were planted about 9 years ago
This next ones, a gorgeous peachy colour came in a mixed batch of Seedling Hellebores, this was 3 years after planting
A seedling Hellebore is a lot cheaper to buy than a named variety. Hellebores are promiscuous, so seedlings don't stay true to the parent plant. This means that you can get a brilliant colour variation, or they could all be a murky off white.
I've got plenty of all the different varieties in my garden, A range of colours from white through pinks to purples, and both single and double flowers. The great thing about them is that i can actually enjoy them as a pretty flower for weeks and weeks, then when they produce seed pods, i can cut them for use in arrangements.
When the flowers still have pollen showing, (like this lovely purple one in the sunshine in my garden this morning) then they don't last that long when cut. A few days even if they are well conditioned.
However when the seed pods form on the flowers, the colours fade slightly, but the flowers last longer on strong stems.
I've just planted up another batch of seedlings, so will be increasing my plants yet again for next year. But judging by the success they've been for my garden and for my cut flower sales, i'll be increasing them again next year as well.
Here's a March bouquet that we created a couple of years ago to show off the Hellebore and Anemones