Last Friday we went on a road trip to an open days that a Hellebore grower in southern Virginia was having. It was so great to finally see something with flowers on it. It was about a 4 hours drive south. There was one gentleman there that had driven 8 hours to get there and was going to then drive right back. I could not imagine. I would have made a weekend of it.
There was a big difference between what they had blooming verses what we do further north. Which in turn was saddening knowing that I would be doing back to no flowers… but I have photographs so that makes it better. 🙂 My Hellebores have flower buds that are very low to the ground still and have not yet flowered nor are they as vigorous due to such cold conditions. Above is the Anna’s Red and Penny’s Pink, I took them to show mine what they are really supposed to look like but they really did not care.
For those that do not really like Hellebores they had a selection of other plants and shrubs from other growers. One that I visited more aka spent more with was with the gentleman that had Hardy Cyclamens. I had three previously, lets just say they are going to be a really big happy family of Hardy Cyclamens in my yard. 🙂 They also had a vendor that had different shrubs that look very enticing, like the Daphne. I have tried Daphne a number of times because I just love it so much but it gets too cold for it here. I once tried growing as a container garden and brought it inside but it just did not get enough light inside and got terrible scale on it. Another stunner was the Edgeworthia and a cultivar called Akebono which was a lovely shade of orange that would brighten the winter landscape immensely. Other things for sale were Snowdrops, Hepatica and Primulas.
Once I finished spending all of my money we took a walk in their garden. It was every nice seeing all the different flowers blooming in their garden. But of course I had no more battery left in my camera and was cursing the fact that I no back up battery, so lesson learned. Tomorrow I will be traveling North to hear Matt Bishop talk at Winterthur and I will charge my battery tonight and make sure camera cards are cleared.
It was a great trip. Sometimes one just needs a day to get away and enjoy. They are calling for warmer weather for us tomorrow I hope for you all as well. Have a great Friday and weekend!