In 2013, I followed the late Geoff Hamilton's advice, visiting a nursery or garden centre each month of the year and purchasing a plant which was in flower. Doing this should now ensure that I have something blooming in my garden every month of the year.
I chose a hellebore for my December plant and picked up a small specimen from Leeds market for the princely sum of £2.45. It didn't increase in size much last year but just look at it now.
These photos were taken as the very beginning of the month when it was still in bud.
There were lots of buds at the base of the plant.
I don't know much about hellebores so I'm not sure which variety this is but it's lived up to the name on its label of Christmas Rose as it's flowered in time for the big day.
I definitely think this plant is one of my best buys, for such a small outlay it's done so well and certainly brightens up the border at the end of the year.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.
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