Six on Saturday: Hellebores and more

I have to confess it’s not the most inspiring time of year in the garden. Outside it’s cold and grey and the plants are looking well, sorry for themselves.

But my mum and I had a little moment of joy this afternoon popping into the Snowdrop Day at Marchants Hardy Plants in Laughton, East Sussex. I think our visit was worthy of a whole other blog post but until I get round to it suffice to say that among this week’s six is a box of five new Galanthus and a rather special hellebore (let’s not mention the price).

I am joining in with The Propagator, host of the evergreen SOS meme who invites us to feature six things from our gardens each week. It’s lovely to be reminded by some of his other followers that there are blue summer skies somewhere else in the world.

1. Hellebore unknown

This purplish hellebore was here when we moved in. I think it’s quite a common garden variety but an ident would be welcome.

2. Helleborus argutifolius

I have Instagram to thank for helping me to identify this self-sown hellebore as the Corsican variety. I think the seeds must have blown in from nextdoor.

3. Helleborus orientalis

This pink hellebore and the white one beside it are part of my little winter garden nestled underneath the bare roses and between a Spirea and a Phlomis, together with some cheery cyclamen and my new Pulmonaria rubra.

4. Hellebore and snowdrops

At the centre of today’s purchases is a rather special hellebore from Graham Gough of Marchants Hardy Plants who had it in turn from Elizabeth Strangman who he worked under at the renowned Washfield nursery in Kent. It doesn’t propagate well by seed but he brought a clump with him to Sussex and this year lifted and divided it to sell – hence the high price tag. It is called Palmina after the heroine of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte – Gough was an opera singer before becoming a plantsman.

5. Daphne

Each year this Daphne near our front gate brightens up January and February with her intoxicating lemony scent so I am so excited to see her coming into bloom.

6. Clematis armandii

It’s been on my to do list for months to cut back our Clematis armandii but I guess it’s too late now as the new buds have already formed for an early spring flowering.

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  1. fredgardener says:

    Yes too late for your clematis armandii … But you will soon enjoy the flowering. Lucky you!
    (First I thought it was a Six full of hellebores)
    About hellebores, your first one looks like mine ( H orientalis double)
    Maybe more identification when the flower opens?

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  2. lovely roll call of Hellebores, I am not sure I knew about Corsican but I like anything in that shade of green. I had an Armandii Clematis once, I miss the flowers, not the pruning, it could grow seven feet a year easily.

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  3. A lovely selection of hellebores. I do like the purple varieties. Mine just haven’t survived year to year to justify buying more.

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  4. Chloris says:

    I bought my very first hellebores from Elizabeth Strangman. She bred the very first double ones and I still have one I bought from her more than 20 years later. I am intrigued about Palmina, I don’t know that one. Graham Gough always has great plants.

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  5. Oooh – I’ll be looking forward to your snowdrop special. I’m gradually developing a collection and hope to do a special six soon.

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  6. Beautiful pictures of beautiful plants. Looking forward to seeing your new Hellebore when the flower opens

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  7. It seems so strange to me to be purchasing Galanthus in winter, in full bloom! As far as I know we dan only get them as bulbs, in the fall. How nice to see the actual bloom before plunking down your hard earned cash.

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