There are times when nothing but a little bit of retail therapy will do. January was a miserable, gloomy month, and February didn’t get off to a much better start.
On Friday morning last week, I’d had enough, and headed out to one of our nearby garden centres. I had Hellebores in mind. I’ve looked at hordes of beautiful Hellebore images on Twitter feeds for the past week or two, and knew that I had to give them a second chance in my garden.
I’ve tried growing Hellebores in the past, but by the following season, they’ve vanished. Where to and why I’ll never know. But this time around, they’re going into pots! Cunning solution. Then I can keep an eye on them – and when they produce some awesome blooms, I can lift the pots up to table height, rather than bend down to their level to take their winter portraits.
When I arrived at the village Garden Centre, it was 10am, raining, and there was little light in the sky, but the large car park was full. I wondered if there was a special event on. But no, it was simply that the restaurant was packed with happy folk enjoying morning coffee – with plenty of luscious-looking cakes on display too.
But I was on the hunt for Hellebores, and no amount of cream or chocolate-filled cakes were going to tempt me from my mission.
Two young men were busy filling shelves, and the plant area was quiet. I picked two Hellebores from the selection, and I’m thinking about ordering one or two doubles (more likely just one – they’re expensive aren’t they!) from an online retailer in varieties that I particularly like. But these two are pretty, and I love them already.
My Six on Saturday
I find it hard to resist anything that sports the name ‘Apple Blossom’ so when these lovely little Primulas caught my eye, I had to buy a few to cheer up the garden and help lift the winter gloom.
Six on Saturday is like a weekly journal. Take six photographs and post them to Twitter. You can get all the details from The Propagator who kindly set it all up. If you want to join in and see what everyone else is doing in the garden, just follow that link!
All photographs copyright of Catherine Wood unless otherwise stated.