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03/02/2014 at 15:57

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I know a lot are going to Anglesey abbey this weekend for the snowdrops, but if you are interested in hellebores, this promises to be good. I went last year, expecting a garden past its best as it was Autumn, and was amazed. i hope this early Spring opening is as good.  Entrance is £5 all for charity, and there is good cakes and food in the cafe.

03/02/2014 at 18:30

I would love to be there fidget.

Lots of plusses being in west Cornwall but so far from ashwoods and the rest.  

There is a local breeder of hellebores opening her garden soon so will go there.

If you see a dark green hellebore I would value your opinion on it.  I'm very sceptical that there is a dark green but if so I will grab it. 

Enjoy your visit........sooooooo envious 

03/02/2014 at 20:56

Verdun, a quick zip up the M5 in your new car, will be great.  and there is the added attraction of large portions of cake.

 I'm not keen on green flowers, they look too much like foliage to me.

03/02/2014 at 21:03

Love to, but won't be able to

03/02/2014 at 22:31

I don't live near Ashwood nurseries (John's Garden), being in Merseyside but i've just seen the pics on website and it will certainly be a lovely day out for me this year.

06/02/2014 at 20:31

 Sept 2013 open day


06/02/2014 at 20:37

 A grassy bit for verdun.

06/02/2014 at 20:43

My parents live close to Ashwood Nurseries which is a lovely small nursery. Their collection of Hellebores is great. I would love to visit the garden. The cakes in the café are far too sweet. Even my wife thinks they are too sweet and she's got a sweet tooth!

06/02/2014 at 20:45

Isn't that the point of cakes?

The garden is open this  Saturday, Scott.  See you there.

06/02/2014 at 20:46

Nice pics fidget.  Appreciate the grasses 

06/02/2014 at 20:58

There's sweet and too sweet. I will let my parents know as I'll not be able to get to the garden on Saturday. My parents have been on a previous occasion and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

08/02/2014 at 18:40

I'm back. The rain almost held off, but being in a big polytunnel with a howling gale going on was weird to say the least. Both car parks full, so I was expecting lots of people in the garden, but by the time we got there, there was just me and mum,and a party of germans on a circular tour. We had a look around the gardens, trying not to squelch on the grass too much. There were lots of big snowdrops (sam arnott?), big witch hazels in flower (varying colours) eranthis, cyclamen,iris,  and of course, hellebores. The grasses were standing up well, considering the lousy weather we are having.

There was a big polytunnel open which houses the main stock of hellebores, as well as the normal  sales areas.  So then we headed for the cafe, which is when we discovered where everyone was. it was heaving. having fortified ourselves, I got a trolley. This is where it got bad (for my purse). I couldn't decide which of the glorious specimens to have. I settled on six and a book.I took some photos of green ones for Verdun, but there is not a really deep green.

08/02/2014 at 18:43

Well, sounds like you had a good day fidget.

No, I doubt if there is a good true dark green hellebore.  

08/02/2014 at 18:44


08/02/2014 at 18:47

 Green ones for verdun.

08/02/2014 at 18:53

 What I bought.

08/02/2014 at 19:02

They are lovely Fidget 

08/02/2014 at 19:06

What I didn't buy. (mortgage people not lending)


08/02/2014 at 19:09

Thats apart from the slate grey/blackones. the deep purply red ones, yellow single, yellow,spotted, yellow double. ... and I totally ignored the white ones.

08/02/2014 at 19:50

They are also beautiful Fidget  Darn those banks 

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