….took some photos!
Today is Hellebore day at Ashwood Nursery, when you can view all their hellebores and have a tour of the nurseries. And, no, I have not joined in. Today is also a Six Nations day (and Valentine’s Day, but that is by the by!) and I don’t think Mr. Chef would deem hellebores a suitable substitute for 30 men chasing an egg shaped ball around a pitch. To be fair, I would think twice, so I had my cake and ate it yesterday instead! I had a sneak preview!
On a cold, wet miserable day, it was the perfect antidote. In the main glasshouse at the nursery, is a huge display dedicated to Winter in Bloom, and is the main display area for their Ashwood hybrid hellebores, along with lots of other lovely winter bloomers. They had masses of Camellias just waiting to burst forth. There were spicy scented Hamamelis, skimmias, winter flowering clematis. There were tiny, jewel-like cyclamens. The highlight, of course, was the Hellebores. Every colour (almost) and marking imaginable!
There were sultry blacks…
… and pure whites.
… And doubles.
Pretty primrose yellows… (this is called “Moonlight”, I believe)
…and frilly pinks.
Some gorgeous sunshine shades, from their ranges with names such as Daybreak, Sunrise and Neon, all beautifully displayed in colour co-ordinated wooden crates…
…or amongst other bright and cheerful winter planting.
What a sunny display – with scent thrown in!
Then there’s all the different markings.
… and even stripes!
Such perfect little faces!
But the star for me was the red one I spotted last month.
From the Rodney Davey marbled group called “Anna’s Red”. Isn’t she stunning?
The show gardens were looking spot on, although some “refurb” seemed to be going on.
And one for the Galanthophiles!
Now, the big question – did I buy anything? Of course I did!
I got the Hamamellis I have been wanting for such a long time. Hamamellis “Imperialis” with lemon yellow flowers, that are much longer than normal, giving a more impressive show. Complete with a sweet, heady scent too!
And I just couldn’t come home without “Anna”!