Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:26
The book I bought yesterday has detailed instructions for hybridisation of hellebores. Apparently you pick the mother plant for the structure, so I'm going to use shooting star,because its really strong and the flowers face out and up. The fathers are going to be some of the new ashwood ones I got. a double on a single only gives about 25% doubles, whereas double on double gives about 90%. I will also save self pollinated seeds off the choicest new ones, to see how they hold true. 3 to 4 years from seed to flower... watch this space.
Very blustery here but dry at the moment. All those going out, stay safe.
Who was it wanted snowdrops in the green for the garden? I can bring some on Wednesday. Just standard singles, but they multiply well to give a good clump in two or three years. I did look at some choice varieties yesterday, but at £15 for a single bulb of wendys gold, and £4 for a sam arnott, I figured I wasn't going to risk them with the squirrels. They might not eat them but they seem to be fond of digging them up at the moment.