tiptoe through the hellebores
YES, YES, I KNOW: I have already told you I love hellebores. While waiting for mine to reach full bloom, I took an online tour this very cold morning of other hellebore plantings that are enviably farther along. Even if you cannot visit Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne’s Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon, a visit to their website is a must.
The O’Byrnes produce exceptional hellebore hybrids; the photo galleries they’ve posted show you their extravagant range to date. Another big producer of hybrids is Barry Glick’s Sunshine Farm and Gardens (mostly wholesale; limited retail). Take a virtual tour of his hellebore-carpeted Virginia woodlands now. In Virginia, Pine Knot Farms’ Dick and Judith Tyler are at it, too. Their website includes great growing information, and unlike Northwest, they are mail order. Or grow your own from seed, from Winterwoods. I am partial to the “black” ones and the yellows, like the clumps shown under an apple tree here last year.