Hello Fellow Gardeners,

The Hellebore Hurrah! Opening WEEK continues all week and this weekend from Feb 23rd to March 4th! (If you can't make it, we of course have lots of hellebores even after these dates!)

In this Hellebore Alert we highlight some hellebores you might want to think about getting while you still can as we have been told that they are being discontinued due to difficulty in the tissue culture lab. Below you'll find more information and pictures of the affected cultivars which include some of my favourites, 'Rosemary' and 'Mme Lemonnier'. I'm trying to hold back the tears.

If you have pre-ordered hellebores you can pick them up any time now for the next 4 weeks. We do recommend you come sooner than later as the hellebores are in bloom now and we want you to enjoy them. If you selected for us to ship your hellebores, we will be shipping out only when you're weather is warm enough for them to travel. We'll be in touch.

We look forward to seeing you soon! When you come, please consider bringing a friend or neighbour with you. Despite 14 years of Hellebore Hurrahs, the city still isn't filled with hellebores! There's lots of space for more. Plus friends don't let friends garden without hellebores!

See you soon!

Yours in Hellebores,
Gary and the Phoenicians

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Opening WEEK 2018
The 14th Annual
Hellebore Hurrah!
Celebrating early spring and all things Hellebore

NEW EXTENDED DATES!
Friday-Sunday February 23rd- March 4th, 2018
10am-5pm

 


The Hellebore Catalogue 2018
Explore our Selection of 100 Different Hellebores

The Hellebore Hurrah! Catalogue includes information on hellebores and their cultivation, the breeders whose hellebores we'll be offering plus a catalogue of the 100 different species and cultivars that will be available at the Hurrah! Enjoy, but beware! Hellebores are addictive!

The catalogue is in pdf format. Click on the link to open it. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it which you can download for free from the Adobe Site. Once opened you can save the catalogue to your computer or print it for detailed study and pre-shopping.

 

Last Chance for Discontinued Hellebores?
The availability of hellebores continues to shift year after year but in recent discussions with our hellebore sources I have learned that the decision has been made to discontinue the production of a few notable hellebores that are produced via tissue culture.

Up until a few years ago it was thought that it was impossible to produce hellebores from tissue culture but diligent labs figured it out. Some hellebores are quite easy but others, while possible to produce, are difficult with low success rates in the lab which make them uneconomical. In particular it is hybrids involving the Lenten rose, H. x hybridus, that are the problem.

While we will try to find sources for these hellebores as long as we can, it seems that at a certain point as early as this or next year that the supplies will dry up. For you collectors out there we wanted to let you know so that if you have been thinking about eventually getting a 'Rosemary' or a 'Mme Lemonnier' or a Spring Promise cultivar, now is the time. We have them in stock now though not necessarily in large quantities.

Here are the discontinued cultivars:


'Mme Lemonnier' - We are proud to be among the first nurseries in North America to offer this incredible new hellebore. If you love 'Rosemary' you will love 'Mme Lemonnier'. This rare cross between Helleborus x hybridus and H. niger occurred by chance in a garden in France. The result is an exquisite plant with the largest flowers of any hellebore up to 4 inches across! They are outward-facing and rich, glowing pink with pale pink to white veining and subtle dark pink spotting. The flower colour is bolder and deeper than 'Rosemary'. This exceptional cultivar begins to bloom in December and continues for months with tons of buds and blossom and lush green foliage. 'Rosemary' - This beautiful hellebore is a rare cross between the classic Lenten rose, Helleborus x hybridus, and the Christmas rose, H. niger and is unlike all other hellebores. Also known as 'Walberton's Rosemary', this cultivar closely resembles the Lenten roses but with a unique, vibrant, clear pink with a lighter centre and veining. The colour deepens to rich, glowing salmon pink. Outward facing flowers in incredible numbers. Since the plants are sterile they bloom for an extended period of time. Deer resistant.
Spring Promise 'Emma' - ‘Emma’ has single, pure white flowers generously speckled with nicely-spaced red spots. The Spring Promise series comes from the breeders of the Helleborus Gold Collection. This series is characterized by unique flowers with intense colour. All plants are tissue cultured so you know exactly what you’ll get. Big, beautiful, rich flowers on strong plants. Spring Promise 'Mary Lou' - ‘Mary Lou’ has single, soft pink and white flowers splashed with heavy patches of wine red spots at the base of each petal. The Spring Promise series comes from the breeders of the Helleborus Gold Collection. This series is characterized by unique flowers with intense colour. All plants are tissue cultured so you know exactly what you’ll get. Big, beautiful, rich flowers on strong plants.
Spring Promise 'Sally' - ‘Sally’ has single soft buttery yellow flowers shaded with green and centred with yellow stamens. The Spring Promise series comes from the breeders of the Helleborus Gold Collection. The series is characterized by unique flowers with intense colour. All plants are tissue cultured so you know exactly what you’ll get. Big, beautiful, rich flowers on strong plants. Deer resistant. Perennial Plant of the Year 2005. Spring Promise 'Conny' - 'Conny' has pure white flowers covered in hundreds of well-spaced burgundy-red spots. The Spring Promise series comes from the breeders of the Helleborus Gold Collection. The series is characterized by unique flowers with intense colour. All plants are tissue cultured so you know exactly what you’ll get. Big, beautiful, rich flowers on strong plants.
Spring Promise 'Lily' - 'Lily' is a stunning double hellebore with white petals dramatically detailed with luscious raspberry pink: each petal has a central flare down the middle with spreading veins, a picotee edge, and beautifully veined reverses. The Spring Promise series comes from the breeders of the Helleborus Gold Collection. The series is characterized by unique flowers with intense colour. All plants are tissue cultured so you know exactly what you’ll get. Big, beautiful, rich flowers on strong plants.

 

 


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One of the largest and most exciting selections of perennials in the Lower Mainland.
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February 23rd to October 31st, 2018
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