Two hellebores had been sitting on my patio for a number of weeks, waiting for me to do some clearing up in the front garden. I’d been inspired to add them to the collection after seeing hellebores intermingled with snowdrops in a walled garden (sadly, no photo as I didn’t have my camera with me). I doubt mine will be quite as breath-taking but hopefully the display will still be worth the wait.
Next to the hellebore in the foreground of the above photo is a small holly tree. It and at least one other have self-seeded, though I gave no idea how recently this occurred. Judging by the diminutive stature of them, it is probably less than a year since they appeared. In any case, they are most welcome.
I’m hoping that at least one of them will be a different sex from the one in the back garden and that the house won’t prevent fertilisation, as it would be wonderful to have berries in due course. In the meantime, here is a shot of a much larger specimen, which I noticed on a walk with a friend earlier today.