Keeping all the snowdrops company at the moment are the beautiful Hellebores that are flowering in the woodland and all the shady borders. So many fascinating new cultivars are being introduced to the market all the time, so when I found a couple of areas which needed brightening up, the decision was made to go hunting for Hellebores.
We have a nursery fairly near to us, just where the borders of Devon, Somerset and Dorset meet, that has a reputation for good hellebores, that nursery is R.D. Plants, and is on the road between Chard and Axminster, just outside the village of Tytherleigh.
The nursery is usually open from March to June, but each year they open on Feb. 1st just for hellebore fanatics like me!
They don’t have a web site, they don’t do mail order, they don’t accept cards as payment, just as well we had enough cash between us as I had forgotten to take my cheque book! Word of mouth and a recommendation by the RHS is obviously enough to bring people flocking.
These are the three that tempted me, I think they will have to stay on the front porch for the next few days as the weather forecast is for lots of frost, here they will be quite sheltered, not as much as when they were in their poly tunnel, but enough I think.
Yes, happiness is definitely hunting for Hellebores!