“Bring Me Sunshine”


At last! A bit of sunshine, to lighten the gloom and lift the spirits!

All this wet and windy weather recently, has well and truly dampened the spirits, so, with a bit of welcome sunshine, the walk round the estate was much more pleasant, and I’m pleased to say, not so rushed. O.k., here, it may still be cold and very blustery, and not conducive to dallying for too long, but it was a pleasure to wander, and to take time to enjoy the new season’s offerings.

And that’s hellebores and snowdrops.

What better way to rejoice in the sunshine than to share with you, my aptly named hellebore, shown at the top. An Ashwood hybrid, from the “Sunrise” range. It has the most wonderful warm shades of yellow, peach and red – unusual colouring in a hellebore.

Talking of red, just look how my Hellebore “Anna’s Red” has come on, since the early buds I showed at the end of last year.


Quite stunning!


I think it looks quite at home in “The Dogs Bed”, alongside the complementary coloured stems of Cornus and the expanding clumps of Snowdrop “S. Arnott”.

Other hellebores are starting to unfurl now, in varying shades of white and pink. Give them a few more weeks and they’ll make a pretty picture, when the “February Gold” narcissi start to open and new green shots emerge.

I took time to survey the borders (i.e. do a lot of thinking!) to try to work out the changes I am considering. I do fear I may be trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot! Let’s hope I can be disciplined!

And what can bring more sunshine than the earliest of yellow narcissi?


Is anything bringing sunshine to your gardens?

8 thoughts on ““Bring Me Sunshine”

  1. Chloris

    Well, that’ s a flower bed to bring joy to your heart. I love the flowers of February. Your hellebores are gorgeous. If only Henry would let up I would feel like lingering a bit more in my garden.

  2. Brian Skeys

    I think all we gardeners a guilty of trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot, especially with hellebores like those two. Have you visited john Massey’s garden when it is open to the public, wonderful.

    1. thelonggardenpath Post author

      Yes, we went last June. I’m ashamed to say, for the first time, considering we have lived almost on his doorstep for over 20 years! We do visit the nursery, though, very frequently. His garden was amazing! A plantsman’s paradise! I will be looking out for more open days to come. If you are interested I did a post on it
      (Hope that works!)

  3. Cathy

    Long sigh… I shall be looking out for Anna’s Red (which I have admired before) and one of these ‘Sunrise’ hellebores when my year of plant buying abstention is up… And I too woud like to visit JM’s open garden sometime – but perhaps best to avoid it this year… 😉

  4. thelonggardenpath Post author

    You obviously realise they’re both courtesy of Ashwood. Oh, what a shame! I’d forgotten about your pledge! One month in – how’s it going? Hard, I imagine, especially when people put temptation in your way. 😉 Sorry!


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