When I was on my hands and knees weeding yesterday I was pleased to find a plant I took to be a hellebore in leaf but not in flower with a little rash of seedlings under it. I made a mental note to check it later on in the spring and promptly forgot all about it.
Imagine my surprise today when I walked past the crab apple tree and noticed the tatter of dark green leaves beneath it had thrown up flower buds of dark purple, boldly announcing themselves as Hellebore x orientalis hybrids. And there are 3 other plants doing the same thing,except some of them are white or pale pink. I swear there were no flower buds yesterday. I am so looking forward to seeing them open.