Helleborus: Spotted Doubles

Hellebore spotted double

If I was asked for one word to describe the character of hellebores, it would be demure. That shows the dangers of generalising. These beautifully spotted, double blooms look like something out of musical theatre.

Helleborus x hybridus Ashwood Garden Hybrid - spotted double

I can’t help wondering what they are whispering about. Fear of slugs? The shipping forecast?  The best hairdresser in the county – should that be petaldresser?

For those hoping for something a bit more botanical, these are Helleborus x hybridus (Ashwood Garden Hybrids).

47 thoughts on “Helleborus: Spotted Doubles

    • susurrus says:

      Helleborus x hybridus is a cardboard name – about as undescriptive as you can get. I suppose that’s because it covers a multitude of sins (or blessings, in this case).

    • susurrus says:

      I like virtually all hellebores. I tend to share the more unusual ones I see, but even a plain, single green one can make my heart beat a little faster.

  1. calensariel says:

    The thing I’m always most captivated by in your pictures is the design of the flowers. The sheer science involved in their creation as a flower. It always leaves me in awe…

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