Here are some images from the nursery taken yesterday, starting with hellebore seed sown last June. Click on the blog link to see all the images. They key is gathering fresh seed…even month old seed has a greatly reduced viability. The seed are sown almost immediately after harvest and kept in a cold frame with night temperatures near freezing. Germination occurs in January.
The seedlings are first transplanted into cell packs, then into 1 quart pots by May. It takes us just over 2.5 years from seed sowing to flower for most of the Helleborus x hybridus.
Here are some hellebore images snapped yesterday. Here is Helleborus ‘Cotton Candy’…a stunning seed strain.
Followed by Helleborus ‘Red Sapphire’
Helleborus ‘Painted Doubles‘ are always amazing.
and Helleborus ‘Peppermint Ice’
Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’
and finally, Helleborus ‘Rose Quartz’. All the images above are hybrids from Ernie and Mariettta O’Byrne, and we are thrilled to be able to offer their introductions. Remember, only 4 weeks remain before our first winter open nursery and garden for 2015. We hope to see you for our hellebore (and other plants) extravaganza!