RHS seeds

ljrmiller(z7 NV)February 13, 2006

I have (so far) a single sprout from the RHS hellebore seeds I started in winter 2005. I am soooo thrilled! Okay, so I'm easily excited.

I also have lots of self-sown seedlings from my Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk', just in time for the original plant to die off, and a decent crop of self-sown seedlings in a halo around my oldest (about 6 years old?) Helleborus x hybridus.

Both of my newer H. x hybridus came into bloom: one is a bright magenta-burgundy color, and the other is white with burgundy spots. Of course I think they are ALL beautiful.

I sowed lots and lots of Helleborus seed about a month ago from Phedar nursery--I look forward to those babies ( I got peony seed as well).

I'm already making up wishlists for July, when the new Phedar list comes out!

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claysoil(z6 PA)

By RHS do you mean Royal Heritage? And where did you get them?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2006 at 6:25PM
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I think Lisa is referring to the Royal Horticultural Society. They have a very good annual seed distribution scheme.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 11:51PM
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ljrmiller(z7 NV)

RHS = Royal Horticultural Society. To get a U.S. membership it costs about $80 a year, plus another (approx.) $20 for 20 packets of seed from the annual seed distribution scheme.

I think it's a great deal, even if I never visit the UK again (I plan to visit the UK several more times, but the universe has a way of messing up plans). You get a beautiful monthly magazine: "The Garden", which never fails to have at least one article I truly enjoy. The seed distribution scheme is an excellent deal: for a little less than $1.00 a packet, you get seeds that usually cost $3-$6 a packet from T&M or similar suppliers.


    Bookmark   February 28, 2006 at 12:50PM
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claysoil(z6 PA)

The Hardy Plant Society does the same thing, and I am growing my first seeds from that deal. If you contribute some of your own seed, you get bonus packs. I got a couple of packs of hellebores out of that, as well as some plants found only in arboretums around these parts. You're ahead of me with your seed this year. Just today I planted the hellebore seed I received a month ago. I hope that I don't have to wait for a year for germination though!

There are sprouts around some of my hellebores outside already. At the moment everything is coated in ice, so I hope they make it.

Congratulations on your sprout! Hope there are several more! England is famous for its hellebores. It'll be fun to see what this looks like when it blooms.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2006 at 11:03PM
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