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After she literally stumbled over some double forms of H.torquatus on a collecting trip in Montenegro, she began to breed doubles. guttatus) ones about 10 years ago and now wish I hadn’t, as the spots tend to dominate seedlings. They belong to the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family, but you would never think so now.Looking back over the development of a flower that I have always loved, I can see how much my favourites have changed.The flowers might be striped, spotted, picotee -edged, dark-centred, anemone-centred, or very, very double. I cannot resist the dark nectaried sorts, but I am allergic to the frilliest doubles and not that delighted by anything with pointed petals.Sometimes, I can’t help wondering if the breeders have not sacrificed modesty and grace for much showier qualities.The fashion for hellebores has lasted more than half a century, beginning with the shyer cup-shaped ones with rounded petals that are often referred to as the Ballard strain.These were bred in the Sixties by Helen Ballard, an amateur who married into a family of nurserymen who specialised in Michaelmas daisies. From four plants – two with red flowers and two with white — she extended the colour range and concentrated on creating more vigorous and upright plants, until her contribution to the breeding of hellebores was acknowledged worldwide.
Elizabeth Strangman is another famous hellebore breeder.When John gets a craze for a plant he grows every form of it, so that gardeners can benefit from his passionate research.Hellebores, salvias, Anemone pavonina have all caught on with amateurs because of this man’s collecting zeal.Do not miss what very well could be a once in a life time chance to acquire one of the world's most loved Ferraris.'The lot description says the Rossa Corsa paint has a few blemishes and the interior has recently been re-dyed to reinstate the original shade of tan. Bonhams says around five were used in each series, suggesting 40 308s have had Tom Selleck's backside embedded in the driver's seat.The car is also fitted with an aftermarket Tubi exhaust system - though the standard part is included with the sale of Magnum's 308. Do you want to automatically post your Mail Online comments to your Facebook Timeline?