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The potty gardener


 

Hellebores are one of my favourites. I took this pic a couple of weeks ago.

nutcutlet

I love those spotted ones

Prob 40 varieties but it would be exciting to try and cross some of the best ones
Bunny ...
Wow 40 , I dont think i have even seen that many .Definitely worth trying , then any success been achieved by your own hands. I'm interested to hear your results.

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Hi Nutcutlet. Iris stylosa has been renamed I. unguicularis - harder to say and spell!

I was given a double white with maroon speckles hellebore from the breeding programme at Hadlow College, where they have a National Collection (Plant Heritage). It's in a deep pot on a shelf opposite my kitchen window and looks great, just thinking about coming into flower now. The first year it was near a H. hybridus variety but nothing happened. Last year there was no other hellebore anywhere near but one flower produced 8 seeds. As it should be sterile I was very excited. I sown them in modules and left them under the greenhouse staging. Now I'm even more excited because I have 6 seedlings just emerging. Fingers and other things crossed!

nutcutlet

Could get something exciting there greenjude. Maybe a new variety/

.Thanks for the Iris name. It's not having a good flowering. Lack of baking last 'summer' I expect.

Bunny ...
Ooh good luck greenjude. Exciting.

Thanks. It'll probably take 3 years before I see any flowers but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait. I'll post a pic of Mum when the flowers have opened. She's a real cutie so I have hopes of the offspring.

Bunny ...
Just had a look at couple of babies I planted last year (first time collecting seedling and nurturing) ...it has a flower
It's quite exciting, isnt it bunnysgarden? I have had 2 very good seedlings that were different from those I had so its worth watching for them. Greenjude. May be wise to get that wo default hellebore into the ground. They dont like to stay in pots for too long, I find.
Bunny ...
I've some that's been in (the other babies) shall I pot on or plant into a large pot (few all together) or do I need them in ground ? I havnt put them in as wasn't sure where they were going
nutcutlet

Mine are always left in the ground. They do well there. Need a deep pot if you're potting. Not knowing where things are going has often stopped me planting. Now I realise it's better to plant. There isn't much that can't be moved if you change your mind.

Bunny ...
Yes that's true, I shall plant a clump then at least I can move on.
nutcutlet

They'll do nicely then even if you forget about them.

 

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Lyn
Hellibore week at Heligan is 16th to 24th February if anyone is in the area, it's a beautiful sight.
Bunny ...
Bit far for me , maybe some will make it though.

Thanks nutcutlet.

Verdun, you're right, of course, it should be in the ground, but at the moment there's nowhere suitable and hellebores tend to sulk if they're disturbed. The head gardener at Hadlow advised me to keep it in a deep pot if it had to be potted, and it's looking quite happy, in spite of being flattened by the recent snow.

For anyone interested in Kent or nearby, there are some open days at Hadlow College, Broadview Gardens on Sat/Sun 16/17 Feb, 23/24 Feb and 2/3 March. The gardens are open (and free!) all the time but open days have guided tours too, for £3. Some of the hellebore beds are interplanted with snowdrops and look great.

Bunny ...
Had to put all mine into deep tubs , all sorted and tucked out the way now .

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