Hello Hellebore Lovers!

We hope you and your hellebores have had a good summer. Now that we have turned to fall we begin to think of colour for the winter and early spring garden. As it turns out, hellebores are "thinking" about colour too.

It's at this time of year that hellebores are taking stock of their strength and resources and deciding how many flowers to produce in winter and spring. These flower stems and buds begin to form in fall within the crowns of the plants. You can't see them yet because they are just initiating but they are there, or will be. And there will be more of them if you fertilize now.

Hellebores appreciate a rich soil that is evening moist but well-drained and full of organic content. For optimum growth and bloom you should be surrounding your plants with 2-3 inches of Sea Soil (available now at Phoenix) or high quality compost in September or October to encourage flower initiation and again in spring at the end of the flowering season to encourage lush foliage growth.

You can also sprinkle slow release fertilizer such as the 14-14-16 + Micros that we carry at Phoenix. Sprinkle this around your plants then cover with Sea Soil or compost.

Our Slow Release fertilizer and Sea Soil are available now at Phoenix.

And, VOILA! It won't take long but a little effort now could greatly increase your Helleborus floral show this winter and spring.

While you're at it, don't forget to surround your hellebores in beautiful early spring bulbs. Hellebores look amazing rising up above snowdrops, crocuses, hyacinths, and early irises, narcissus and botanical tulips. You can also surround them in some of our Rare Bulb offerings. We have lots of treasures arriving soon at Phoenix. See the link at right.

Last but not least, don't forget to register for your workshops at The Christmas Hurrah! taking place this year the first weekend of December. It is always a festive good time. Details are below. We'll be launching a hellebore pre-order soon for the Christmas Hurrah! so watch for that in the next installment of the Hellebore Alert.

Yours in Hellebores, Gary and the Phoenicians

Rare Spring Bulbs & Cyps
Choose from 135 Different Rare Bulbs & 31 Different Lady's Slippers to Make Your Garden Extraordinary

Bulbs: Pick-up or Shipping in LATE September.

Cyps: Pick-up or Shipping in MID October.


Plants for Fall Colour
Winter Containers
Preparing for Winter
Fall Wreaths
Hellebore in a Handbag
Christmas Wreaths
Christmas Bird's Nest Wreaths
Christmas Centrepieces
Christmas Containers



The Christmas Hurrah!

Celebrating the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and the Helleborus Gold Collection with fantastic hellebores, special holiday-themed workshops and a DIY project not to mention lots of holiday cheer!

Friday to Sunday December 2nd to December 4th, 2015
(Please note these special winter hours.)

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Do-It-Yourself Indoor Christmas Rose Container | Fri Dec 2nd-Sun December 4th, 10am-3pm | $30 + tax (Includes one budded/blooming hellebore and all the fixings.) | Come any time during the weekend and set yourself up at our self-serve craft tables. Select your blooming Christmas rose reserved for you, choose a clay pot or a festive metal container and decorate it with organza, ribbon, moss and winter twigs. A trusty Phoenician will be nearby if you need help.

This quick do-it-yourself project is great for decorating your home at Christmas or for gifts for friends and family at Christmas parties and gatherings. You'll probably want to do a few of them and you'll probably want to bring a friend.

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Hellebore in a Handbag | Kate | Fri Dec 2nd, 1-3pm | $45 (Includes purse and hellebore) | It's come to this, fellow gardeners. We're going to Hellebore in a Handbag for Christmas! With this unique project we'll plant up a Christmas rose in a moss purse with some friends & add festive winter greens. Last year I wasn't sure how our many (female) attendees were going to be able to fit any additional plants into their purses with such a large gorgeous hellebore. Somehow I underestimated everyone's ability to stuff their purses full of all manner of necessities!

THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 10am-12pm | $60 | Decorate your home for the holiday season with your very own Christmas Rose wreath! Kate will teach you how to design and build a festive, florist-quality wreath with unique greenery and dried pods and cones. She will then teach you to incorporate Christmas roses into your wreath keeping it colourful & dynamic!

Our popular wreath-making workshop is a great chance to spend quality time with friends and family while accomplishing a great project to lift your spirits through the short days of winter.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.



THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Bird's Nest Wreath Making Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 3, 1-3pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | This class for advanced wreath-makers or ambitious beginners takes what we normally do in the our original wreath making workshop and builds on it with more creativity including nesting a potted hellebore within your wreath that looks like an adorable birds nest with white birds (hellebore flowers) peaking out.

Registration includes all materials such as wreath frame and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Centerpiece Workshop | Kate | Sat Dec 4, 10am-12pm | $75 (Includes hellebore.) | Here's another way to bring a hellebore inside for Christmas cheer - as a centrepiece for your Christmas table. You'll create a beautiful ring of winter foliage centred with a beautiful hellebore that you can plant in your garden in winter or spring. You can also use this centrepiece as a decoration for an outdoor table where it will bloom for months, often well into April!

Registration includes all materials and greenery plus a hellebore. You may also bring greenery or twigs from your own garden to use in your wreath.


THE CHRISTMAS HURRAH! | Christmas Rose Outdoor Container Workshop | Kate | Sun Dec 4, 1-3pm | $20 | Wow your Christmas guests as soon as they arrive at your front door or enliven your patio with a fantastic outdoor winter container centred with a glistening Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, and other great perennials and shrubs that offer winter interest. Kate will lead you in the design, planting and final decoration of your planter with winter twigs and greens.


Register Now!


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