I'm not a slave to the fashionably new, but when so many new hellebore cultivars were made available last year, I was frustrated when I was unable to find them for sale. To make matters worse, here in Southern Ontario, most of the nurseries and garden centres don't get going until May, by which time my own hellebores have been in bloom for several weeks.
This frustration is compounded by the fact that the plant material from nurseries is wintered over in hoop houses and are in bloom even earlier than those in the ground. The result is that most plants that are available in the Spring are way past their best when they go on sale, and since hellebores are one of those plants that need to be selected when they are in flower, this is a very disappointing prospect.
In many other parts of the (tremperate) world, nurseries organize hellebore sales early in the year, when the plants look their best, but again in Southern Ontario there is no such activity, and so this year my friend David Leeman and I have decided to organize our own, starting this weekend ( April 2-3) we will have Hellebores Galore, for sale in my own garden( details of this in the sidebar).
David at the wholesale nursery. Yes that is snow outside!
Helleborus 'Jade Tiger' strain.
Another form of H. 'Jade Tiger'.