‘Golden Lotus’ marks the first series of photographs for this the 2012 garden season! What can one say that has not already been said? The sumptuous fully double fabulously chartreuse flowers, in some instances such as this, the petals having a wonderful wine infused picotee edging! One of a delightful new series known as the ‘Winter Jewels’ by esteemed breeders Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne from Oregon, it has single handedly brought what some consider to be an ‘old lady’s garden plant’ back into vogue!
I have always loved this genus! I started my collection with Helleborus niger, the wonderful Lenten Rose, quickly moving to Helleborus orientalis with their wonderfully smoky plum coloured flowers, eventually headed towards the pinnacle – Helleborus thibetanus, a rare and highly sought after gem endemic to China. They are all happily part of the garden repertoire but I don’t think I shall ever be truly sated where this genus is concerned, especially not when such fabulous new introductions are crossing the benches in high frequency!
Another ‘Winter Jewels’ selection with deep purple, wine infused fully double flowers, it shows up best when partnered with the bold and beautiful ‘Golden Lotus.’ Methinks this combo will garner quite a few photos in the coming weeks!