What do you take when you’re going to visit Otto Fauser – the great guru of bulbs in Australia. This is a man in a category all of his own, of vast knowledge, and even vaster generosity.
There are few individual plants for which I’d be happy to be part of a greeting party – for which I’d consider it a privilege to line up for the chance to shake their hand as they entered the world of commercial horticulture.
But Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’ is one of them.
I’m still on the hellebore thing, and have just today got my hands on the most sensational macro lens – two good reasons to show some pics of Helleborus ‘Penny’s Pink’. A third and altogether poorer reason is to sort out once and for all if commenter Penny needs to grow this thing.
I can’t stop looking at these hellebores I’ve been given. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what they reminded me of – where I’d seen that colour combination elsewhere in nature. I kept thinking ‘peach’ but couldn’t get why. Then it struck me – they’re an exact repeat of that astonishing colour phenomenon that occurs with the rich, ruby staining on the flesh of a white peach nearest to the stone.
‘Did you say yellow hellebores?’ I hear you cry..(actually there was no such cry, but come on, I’m tryin to get some back and forth going here)
Neither snowdrops or hellebores are frost sensitive, and they’re happy in climates colder than the coldest of ours in Australia. But that’s not to say that they’re unaffected by frost.