Bold hellebore, shy hellebore

Bold hellebore (Ashwood hybrid)

I don’t post many macro photographs – these two were taken hand-held, in fading winter light in a greenhouse at Ashwood Nurseries, one of my favourite places in the gardening world.

Please go and visit if you get half a chance. You’ll find passionate plantspeople offering a wide assortment of healthy, immaculately presented, well cared for plants, including many they’ve bred themselves.

Their specialities include hellebores, cyclamens, auriculas, lewisias and hepaticas: plants I personally find very alluring. And their display gardens give a good idea of how the plant will perform in a garden setting.

If you time your visit when plants are in flower, you’ll be able to select unusual – even unique – cultivars to take home, each with their own special character. Allow a little extra time for indecision if you appreciate small details in flowers.

I noticed they had one of the best selections of heucheras I’ve seen for a long time, other than at a plant show. And if you love gardening books, you’ll find a great selection of these too.

Shy hellebore

I decided to have a little fun by posting these two contrasting pictures as I’ve been thinking about blogging this week as part of blogging101. One flower represents the bold blogger, the other a shy one.

If you’d like to take part, let me know which flower you identify with and how it affects your blogging experience.

And if you love hellebores, you might enjoy this post on my visit to Sunshine Farm.

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