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March 2, 2017

The hellebores are filling the ground with more appearing every week and growing taller every day. Although the blooms do tend to look downwards and are difficult to see without picking they still contribute lots to the Spring garden.  I have gathered them over the years and all labels are now lost but this is possibly Helleborus purpurascens…


This is possibly Helleborus ‘Harvington White’…


Below is possibly Helleborus ‘Harvington Double White Speckled’…


This is definitely Helleborus angustifolius and it’s been in flower since December but opened fully in the last four weeks….


A pot of Iris reticulata burst into flower last week ..


At this time of year there are encouraging signs of new growth at ground level from perennials all over the garden. In pots the tulips are in leaf and will soon add much needed colour as the earth warms up from Winter.

Meanwhile there’s cooking with Basque Soup Bread  another recipe torn from the weekend newspaper and left in a drawer for months until I retrieved it last night. It made a wonderful white loaf after an over-night rise followed by a twenty minute bake at 240 degrees this morning.


A lovely Primula vulgaris was hidden under the large leaves of the hellebore so I forked it up for a pot on the kitchen table.1-imgp1753

When it’s finished flowering basal root cuttings will be taken to increase the stock of this pretty, early Spring plant. The basal stems are solid in Spring so 10 cm long shoots can be easily identified and cut from the base with a sharp knife.  These cuttings need air so terracotta flower pots are best to ensure water drains away readily. Filled with compost a 14 cm pot will take 5 cuttings round the edge. The pot can then be placed in a heated propagator or behind a sunny window till shoots are visible. The newly propagated plants will then be put in the ground to increase interest in the Spring beds.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2017 7:48 pm

    I can vouch for Harvington ‘Double White Speckled’. I have that one and it looks exactly the same.

  2. March 3, 2017 7:06 am

    i wish I could grow Hellebores!

    • March 3, 2017 11:53 am

      Yes I’m sorry to draw attention to them so regularly but probably the last time till next year !! I have mimosa envy if it helps !!

  3. March 5, 2017 11:28 pm

    I love that hellebores spread so easily, but find they never do it in convenient places! I think that I might have to get an H. angustifolius though, to enjoy their early flowers. The basque soup bread looks divine. Hope that you enjoyed it with soup

  4. March 6, 2017 12:48 pm

    Yes and will post the soup recipe next blog.

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