Monthly Archives: January 2020

A Pleasant Surprise and a “Thank You”

I had a very pleasant surprise this morning on my walk around the estate! I was eagerly lapping up all the signs of life returning to the garden. The enlarging clumps of snowdrops, the pink pinpricks of the cyclamen coum forcing their way through the leaves, and the first hellebore buds showing bright flashes of red and yellow. And meanwhile, revelling in all the winter perfume from sarcococcas, Chimonanthes, lonicera and mahonia.

But then I noticed this little beauty – Helleborus bocconei. Its very first flower!

This hellebore was given to me by a fellow blogger, Cathy from “Rambling in the garden”, several years ago (maybe about four?) when she paid us a visit. A seedling then, that she had propagated, but which has not made much progress since. Each year a new leaf would come to replace the old one that died off but that was it. I wasn’t very hopeful of it flourishing. Then today I saw its very first flower!

A beautiful lime green – when you raise the flower head up!

And I’ve read it’s scented too! So now I’ve got to get down on my hands and knees!

Thank you, Cathy! Rewarded for patience!