The first shot is a variation on a theme. You may remember the purple hellebore bowing its head in homage to snowdrops towards the end of my recent post about snowdrops. This flower was nearby. I bent down, half automatically, and turned the flower up to take a look inside. The darker spotting on a rich, purple background created an effect somewhere between velvet and silk. Very regal. It may be just my imagination, but in this shot, it’s the snowdrops that seem to be paying homage, like fans at a concert.
The second is quite a contrast, but equally elegant – a classic, creamy-white double hellebore. I like the ruffled effect created by the petals and the pattern of raspberry coloured spots in the centre. The odd wayward speckle is the cherry on the cake.
If you know of places where interesting collections of hellebores can be seen growing in UK gardens, please let me know. I’d love to add them to my to-visit list.