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.
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).