Helleborus niger ‘Christmas Carol’ is one of a number of heavily marketed, named varieties to be seen in garden centres. I tend to buy my plants in flower as then I know what I am getting. Hellebores are magical plants in winter, flowering when all else, or nearly all else, is gloom, “Christmas Carol” is the most upright of our Christmas Roses. I chose it for that reason. No drooping beauty this. Look at the plant this morning before the rain, when the first flower of the year is as resplendent as a daffodil in Spring. The flower has a pink tinge as it ages, not its finest quality in my opinion.

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