Plant of the sea­son

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Ded­i­cated fol­low­ers of fash­ion take note: ac­cord­ing to my friendly lo­cal plant vendor, helle­bores are hav­ing a mo­ment. He’s a man who knows what’s hot and what’s not and ap­par­ently va­ri­eties with fresh, white flow­ers are just fly­ing off the shelves. White is out­strip­ping cream, dap­pled and pink-flushed flow­ers by some mar­gin; the paler and more neu­tral the be er. I’m lov­ing the helle­bores in my gar­den right now. They’re mostly Helle­borus

er­ic­smithii va­ri­eties (www. hawkesmill­nurs­eries. co.uk, whole­sale but supplied widely), and they’re grow­ing big and juicy, a real tonic at this time of year. And I’m sure I can squeeze in a few white ones, too, as com­pan­ions to my ever-stylish snow­drops!

I’ll be plant­ing white helle­bores along­side this H. er­ic­smithii

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