Posted: 18/11/2013 at 01:38
Hiya red dahlia
I cut off every leaf now. Two reasons...firstly any diseased leaf is removed ( they are susceptible to helleborus black spot that disfigures the plant). Secondly, the new fat flower bulbs start to emerge in January and you can see them better without the old leaves. These flower buds extend to 60 plus cms over the next few weeks producing flowers in white, pink, red, and a whole host of others in between.
Ashwoods and woottens are 2 excellent companies. Go for plants in at least 2 litre size, 3 litre is better. They may be expensive, relatively, but last for years and they are very addictive. I have more than 40 different varieties and from mid jan to May there is nothing more colourful
When you plant them give them lots of compost.....mushroom compost is perfect. Dappled shade and good soil.
Helleborus orientalis varieties are the ones to go for