I know you must be fed up with me extolling the virtues of the Hellebore – but it is my favourite flower… It’s my blog, so I get to talk about Hellebores!
I thought you might like to see this pretty double specimen that has just come out in the garden. I must have 20 or more different varieties now and as you can see by the pictures, box loads of new ones have just arrived… oops did I buy that many?
It’s amazing the range of colours, shapes and sizes that they come in – from brilliant white through palest pink to dark purple that’s almost black. I even have a plant that sports creamy, verging on yellow, flowers so there really is a huge range from which to choose.
They are well-behaved perennials that just sit in the flowerbed and need no special treatment and I am always so thrilled to see a big display of flowers at this time of year when the rest of the garden is looking so bleak. You can even cut some of the ones on longer stems and enjoy them in the kitchen or around the house too.
And, if you want to make a really pretty table decoration for a special occasion or a dinner party, take an attractive, shallow bowl, fill with water and then cut the blooms off with no stem and float them face up, on the water, so that they float like tiny water lilies – very attractive!