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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Helleborus x hybridus 'Ashwood Garden Hybrids'

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richard.spicer.7906

Its been a year since these hellebore seedlings germinated, and were rescued from #thestormwithnoname - they are looking a bit rough and ready as they wake up, but still hoping I get one to live to flowering stage. I think I might need to give them a bit of a feed to wake them up properly 🤔

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richard.spicer.7906

#hellebore-seedlings #hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids

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brightcolours

Your nursery area must be huge!?

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suerichards

Your garden must be so interesting. Well done you 👏👏👏😍

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mich

Fabulous collection Richard 🤗💚

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linfoster

They look just like mine Rich but no flowers appearing on mine yet !

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debs69

Wowsers Rich that’s loads of plants you will have an awesome display 🤓

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joanboston

Well done Richard, I’ve tried lots of times but with no success. Patience is the way I think

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ublaszko

They will grow new leaves soon and bulk up. Yay!!! That's going to be a gorgeous collection! Just 3 more years 😅😅👍 Have you fed them in autumn or are you going to do it in spring? I saw my Christmas hellebore has seedheads developing but the downside of my garden is that it is too small to grow multiples of the same plant. If I did that I wouldn't be able to add new varieties. I'm not a big fan of contemporary gardens in which you have big blocks of the same plant. 😊

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jeatacake

Nice one Rich. From my experience I reckon you'll get about 75% to flowing age from where they are now👍

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gjones

They're looking good! After patiently waiting for a year, I hope that more than one make it to blooming stage!

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s mostly all of the polytunnel, and a couple of beds outside it. This is only half of the hellebores 😂 @brightcolours

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richard.spicer.7906

And here are the hellebore seedlings, pic also taken on Sunday - At the time, I had sifted through all the dirt for every single one I could find (including ungerminated seeds) and potted them up all individually into plugs - I think it must be about 140 or so in total. Was surprised how tough the seed leaves/roots were, not sure I would have been as lucky if it were something else, but they have all perked up very well 👍🏼 - even some of the ungerminated seeds are now germinating 🙂

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richard.spicer.7906

#hellebore #hellebore-seedlings #isurvivedthestormwithnoname 🌱💪🏼 #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids

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pelly

That’s brilliant news Rich. 👍👍

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jeatacake

Wow! Fantastic results Rich 👌

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cyndi

Happy for ya Rich xo

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jacaranda

Well done! You must be so pleased, Rich. @richard.spicer.7906 😘

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jennlamaye

I’m so glad!!

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columbiariver

That's good news Rich.

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juliesgarden

Oh well done Rich, 👏👏👏 I failed miserably 😬

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Keely

Great news Rich so pleased for you 😄

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carolecuttingitfine

Awh fab rescue mission Richard! And all the more special because of it! (I saved some hellebore seeds, nothing germinated for 6 months and I forgot to throw them out - glad I didn’t as they eventually did germinate!) #keepthefaith

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kimguy

Good job👍

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richard.spicer.7906

It pays to NOT throw away your old attempted sown Hellebore seed. These were sown 18 months ago and have now gone through two winters - I covered them this year in late summer with polythene to increase the humidity, as I read online that Hellebore seeds germinate better if humidity is kept higher otherwise they can have a deep dormancy phase. Then as the temp drops in December they should start germinating - well look at the results!! 😀🌱 almost all of the original 80 seeds have germinated 😳

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richard.spicer.7906

#Hellebore #seedsowing #advice-hellebore #seedling #seeds-hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids

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carolgs

Excellent just goes to show gardening is all about patience 😁

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jennlamaye

That is fantastic!

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rachelbrooks

Wow! Perseverance and patience! Well done 👍🏼

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pelly

👍👍👍👍

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richard.spicer.7906

Second batch of Hellebore seeds sown last weekend 👍🏼 - learnt my lesson last year, where I had a poor first winter germination rate. I think I sowed them too late (end of September instead of July), and they should be sown very fresh. However, I've not thrown the first batch away (they are on the shelf below). There's a chance some will still germinate this winter. I've put some plastic over them to try and keep the humidity up, which apparently helps.

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richard.spicer.7906

#Hellebore #seedsowing #advice-hellebore #seeds-hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids

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rachelbrooks

You have so much patience! 👍🏼

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fuschia

Wow Rich you have been busy again. Fingers crossed this time . I'm sure they will succeed 👍👍

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linfoster

Oh I'd better keep my failed pot in the hope they may germinate in winter 🤔

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janeatkin

Lol - I'm smiling to myself as when I first glimpsed at this I thought you had made some lollies & about to pop them in the freezer! 😩

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carolecuttingitfine

Ah you've just saved me throwing out my seeds that I sowed, must have more patience 😂

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richard.spicer.7906

Patience definitely a must with hellebores 😆 @rachelbrooks @carolecuttingitfine @linfoster

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richard.spicer.7906

@janeatkin 😂 now you mention it, yeah it does look like I'm making lollies! 🍭

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richard.spicer.7906

Really hope so Pearl - time will tell 😊 @fuschia

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rachelbrooks

More than I have for sure! 😬😉

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richard.spicer.7906

Very surprised to see these Hellebore seeds just starting to germinate 😀 - it's so cold outside too. I have them in my growhouse with the cover off 😯. First of about 80 seeds!! #newgrowth #seedling #hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids

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gjones

'80 seeds!' Hope you have a big yard!

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Chester14

Ashwood hellebores have good colours @richard.spicer.7906

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richard.spicer.7906

Haha 😂 - well I did wonder what would happen if they all germinated! I guess I was presuming I'd only get a couple. If they all germinate then I may have to pass some on 😊 @gjones

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richard.spicer.7906

They certainly do @Chester14 - did a bit of research before I bought and definitely preferred Ashwood's selection of colours. I would have bought plants but I didn't realise how expensive hellebores can be. At least seeds were much cheaper and I'll have more satisfaction in growing them 😀

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richard.spicer.7906

Fingers crossed these will germinate - 80(ish) Hellebore seeds sowed on 25th September. One pot for each colour 😉 - I hope I'm not too late as I think the advice I found on the net suggests sowing between July and August. Oh well, lets see what happens! #seeds #seeds-hellebore #seedsowing #hellebore #helleborusashwoodgardenhybrids

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rosiebug

😊👍🏻🍀

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fuschia

Yay !, fingers and toes crossed Richard 😉😉

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lamaisonbleueoleron

Like the labels looking very pro 👌🕵🏻fingers cross. Do you have them on a heated pad?

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bigemrg

I'm definitely going to have to get one of those label making machines! 😀

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jadojado29

Good morning Richard @richard.spicer.7906 Good luck with your seeds fingers crossed for you, I can see all 80 ish growing. Have a lovely day 🙂

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juliesgarden

No sign of mine yet and I planted in august 🤔

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harebell

I couldn't believe the other day at the garden centre they had pots of them already in flower 😳

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wesleybrian

Are hellebore slow growing or is it just mine? 🤔

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joanboston

Morning Justin, I think they are very slow to germinate so don't hold your breath! A friend gave me a clump of hellebores and there were some seedlings which I potted up. That was last year and they have barely grown at all. Look healthy though.

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rachelbrooks

Have faith! 👍🏼 🌱🌱🌱although does sound like they are slow starters!

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brightcolours

#plantlabel

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