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Honeyhill Joy hellebore — the Metcalfes’ own hybrid. This lovely plant with upright, creamy white, long-lasting flowers has been growing in my garden for over five years. (Hot pink flowers in background belong to Cyclamen coum, a charming little plant, growing from a tuber, which produces vibrant pink to white flowers from December to March.

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Honeyhill Joy hellebore flowers fade from creamy white to apple green — very pretty yet sturdy, long-lasting flowers.

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One of many gorgeous seedlings that grew up to be gorgeous garden plants. Because Honeyhill’s plants are grown from seed, they are genetically diverse. Thus, it’s important to pick the plants you like (favorite flower colors and forms, plant size, single or double, etc.) during February and March, while they are flowering.

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Jim Metcalfe enthusiastically shows my friend and I some of his seedlings during a visit to Honeyhill Farms two years ago.

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Jim Metcalfe showing us a lovely smoky purple hellebore with particularly nice, prominent nectaries.

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The best way to photograph hellebores involves lying down on the ground and pointing the camera upwards. I was particularly smitten with this seedling hellebore but I assure you, it looked even better in person!

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Cyclamen coum is a tough, cold-hardy little number, with myriad white or pale to hot pink flowers emerging throughout the cold months of winter. February is usually a peak flowering month. Honeyhill sells this tough little corm "in the green" (in leaf rather than dormant) and with flowers, so you can pick just the colors and leaf patterns you favor.

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