When our friend John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries in the UK told us about this plant and said that it was one of the most exciting new hellebores he had seen in years, well, we got excited. John knows hellebores! Bred at RD Plants by Rodney Davey and Lynda Windsor. The plants here are really lovely and we are as excited as John about them. A great article about RD Plants by Anna Pavord here RD Plants. Lynda told us that "Penny" named after Penelope Hobhouse, is sterile, long blooming and the flowers as well as the heavily marked new foliage is great in bouquets. (As with all hellebores, stems cut when the majority of the flowers are open last longest.) Zones 5/9.
Posted by Sue on 13th Jul 2015
Good-sized, happy & sturdy plant! After spending an extra 3 days in their box (a mix-up at this end, my fault!), all my plants looked like they'd just been lifted from a bed. Also, emailed a comment, got a quick reply. EXTREMELY pleased with everything and I highly recommend Pine Knot Farms to anyone looking for hellebores.
Posted by Carl DiDonato on 9th Jun 2015
Healthy, strong, plant - well packed - box was bounced
around during shipping - no sign of plant damage. Can't wait for the flowers next spring. Saw this plant in person at the "open house" in Feb. 28 of 2014 - magnificent!
Posted by Kathleen on 6th May 2015
Poor shipping, Weak plant. Not a good value for the price. Would not recommend.
I'm sorry I don't have time to write a review for each one of these plants, but I can tell you that I wouldn't give any one of them more than two stars, and the headline for each would be "Disappointed". For the prices you charged, I expected robust, healthy plants with a half dozen stems or more, not the puny one or two stems that arrived. I didn't expect blooms, and I wasn't disappointed in that regard, but the blooms that did arrive all look the same. I seriously think that all of the plants with blooms are from your generic group of Hellebores, not the specific plants I wanted. As it turns out, I've discovered that I can actually find nearly all of these locally, mostly at nearly half to one third the price. So, I certainly won't be ordering from you again.
The worst part of the deal was the shipping, however, and I think you should have a long talk with UPS. The box arrived squashed on all four sides, with dirt falling out, cracked pots, and broken stems (your packaging doesn't do much to protect those), and by the time it arrived on my porch, it looked like the driver had kicked it down the driveway. Of course, I know that the plants will be fine as soon as they are planted and given some care, but the form of their arrival was less than pleasing.
So, that's what I would have to say.
I am very sorry that you are disappointed with your plants and the packaging. Dick has tried very hard to develop a method of packing boxes so the trials of shipping do not completely destroy the contents. Usually it is successful, but there are always the ones that are not so lucky.
We will be happy to replace any plants that were damaged or unsatisfactory.
Regarding the colour on the O'Byrne Northwest Garden Nursery plants that you say all look the same, please remember that our season is at least a month or so ahead of yours. These hellebores began to bloom in February and what you are seeing is the dried or drying remnants of the flowers. Ernie and Marietta O'Bryne work very hard to make sure their plants are as close to the colours shown on their photos as possible. That's why we buy and resell their plants.
Please let me know what you would like for us to do to make you happy.