Posted: 08/05/2012 at 17:00
Oh I love honeysuckle and pooh to your neighbour
Today's weather was too bad to garden but I did wander off to the garden centre with a tenner in my pocket. I must explain that presently my garden centre is the local B&Q which is not my optimum choice but the only one open to me at the moment since I don't drive and my husband suffers from CFS so the car is off the road nd there is nothing better in walking distance.
I don't mind them for basics and bargains although I do miss those long afternoons wandering around proper nurseries. Anyways, I went with the intention of buying a Euphorbia Silver Swan for my full sun border but right at the last minute I was seduced by a Hellebore.
I was so excited about this plant for a number of reasons, its foliage was so stiff and blue with age, its flowers were tough as old boots, it blooms early in the year when my garden is most in need and it likes shade...so I was sold. The only trouble was it had no label.
Obviously, in a nursery, the staff would know what was it but I was unsure what to do...it was the only specimen and needed to come home with me, so I asked the lady at the till and was gobsmacked when she suggested I google hellebore when I get home.
I asked her if she had any idea how many Hellebore there were in the world but she just shrugged and said to match a google picture. I asked for a couple of pound reduction since I was buying a plant with no instructions that could potentially die on me but I was refused, so, my beautiful but pricey unnamed specimen came home with me under difficult circumstances.
After googling all afternoon, I think its Helleborus x sternii Blackthorn group (unless anyone knows better) but it's my first hellebore I've ever owned and the RHS Plants and Flowers book says its a little bit afraid of the snow, teach me for buying a plant without its label.
So if any of you want to throw in your knowledge and experience, I'd be best pleased