Hellebores, always hellebores

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Hellebore season, finally. I still find them endlessly captivating (and a way to distract myself from obsessing over when the magnolia are going to bloom).

Aunty Shelley emailed me the other day asking for tips on using them as cut flowers. I’ve had success dipping their stems in hot water for 20 seconds and then putting them straight into cool water. Some suggest putting them in water up to their neck overnight after dipping. You can get the most reliable results if you choose stems where at least one of the flowers has started to develop a seed pod. At this point, they’ve started to toughed up and can last over a week. You can also display your hellebores like many collectors: float them in a wide flat dish so their faces are on full display.

If you want to learn more about hellebores, see the links on my last post, or newer ones below:

Barry Parker‘s tips on growing hellebores

Graham Rice’s site on hellebores

Photos from Ashwood Nurseries. Best. Ever.

A series of photo galleries with some really lovely doubles to really get you dreaming from Sunshine Farm and Gardens

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