Just to bring you up to date … more hellebores, a crocus or three, bright primroses and the first of a galaxy of irises …

Just to bring you up to date, though by way really of a few galleries rather than long descriptions and horticultural diversions. If I have time, I'll do more I promise! In the meantime, a collection of plants that you might find in a garden centre near you - and if you are lucky, in…

White, yellow, pink – three colours Spring

Pure white crocus, streaked with lilac and tufts if egg-yolk-gold Narcissus Jetfire, a strong sturdy, early narcissus, excellent for naturalising in grass. Primroses coming to the party now too - all manner of colours but I always revert to these more natural tones, if not the original species. Coronilla valentina glauca Citrina - compact evergreen…

Anna’s Red and Penny’s Pink

Hellebore Anna's Red - my favourite, a statuesque crown of flowers on long richly coloured stems and more outward facing blooms (not so shy as many other nodding varieties!) Hellebore Penny's Pink Two recent introductions from the plant breeder Rodney Davey. I've said much about these plants and their rich colours. Anna is Anna Pavord,…

Anna’s Red, Candy Love & Angel Glow…. more Hellebores!

The deeply luminous Hellebore Anna's Red - big plants with big flowers and all in a rich ruby red. The cultivar is only a few years old but specimens bulk up nicely, with outward facing and nodding flowers held on tall stems. A real star and a favourite of mine, ever since I saw it…

Hellebore Heaven – Penny’s Pink and Pirouette

The seasons begin their shift towards Spring - isn't it noticeably lighter, later, already - and Hellebores will be coming to the fore. Certainly a plant that can be the subject of (more than) a mild addiction. Penny's Pink Plant breeder Rodney Davey gives us this beauty - Penny's Pink - and another (my favourite)…

Hellebore Anna’s Red

Anna's Red, a superb new introduction from Devon based nurseryman Rodney Davey, named for Anna Pavord. Rich colouring, great contrast, pearly sheen to new buds and pink colouration to marbling on new foliage, fading to cream. Large blooms, outward facing or slightly nodding. A delight and the fruit of twelve years of work by this…

Rodney Davey, Hellebore Magician..

Rodney Davey, Hellebore Magician.. A link to an Independent newspaper article featuring Rodney Davey, hellebore breeder  - and the development of Anna's Red, a remarkable new form, now commercially available. I have two plants now, and a third of Penny's Pink, coming from the same esteemed magician.