Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Variegated Variety (Helleborine)

Showing two photos of the Variagated  (Click over photo to enlarge)

This is a very interesting plant I found back in (2016) and one I nicknamed "STRIPEY" or in Jon Dunn's fabulous book "Orchid Summer" it may even have been called "HUMBUG STRIPED".  It's variegated form is quite striking.  The plant (E. Helleborine) stands at about 10" high and close (within 12") to another helleborine plant which is normal. This plant is coming up to the South facing side of a small bush.  Another interesting fact about this particular plant is that when you check the "denticulation pattern" on its leaf edges, the pattern you see resembles more in favour of "Atrorubens" although all other features seem to be helleborine. Also this plant is very early for a "helleborine" and is on show more or less at the same time as the early atrorubens. Obviously this makes it interesting!

Also to add to the variegated mystery we found yet another plant but only at seedling stage with two large basal leaves formed some 30 yards to the North West of the main plant (see photo below), and also found another one at seedling stage with large variegated leaves at about 200 yards South of the main plant.  So it will interesting to see how these turn out during 2017. These seedling examples never did much in 2017 but worth keeping a eye on them for the future.

This is the seedling which lies approx 30 yards North West of the Main Plant (Click over to enlarge)

This is the seedling which lies approx 30 yards North West of the Main Plant, and is well under canopy of a nearby copse and fully covered in and restricted to light.  It's also a area which has some very large helleborines.  I will be keeping my eye on this plant for 2017.

Well here we go again its 3rd June 2017 and what a little beauty she is showing already.  The variegation is incredible and the basal leaf looks stunning.

E. Helleborine - variegated as at 3rd June 2017 (Click over to enlarge)
This was "Stripey" on 31st July 2017
She continued with good progress and maturity throughout the season whilst under the protection of a  metal cage

This was "humbug" or stripey as of 3lst May 2018

2018 Update "Variegated"

Although the plant did come through I felt it a little less stripey than in previous years.  Like so many other plants this one halted growth and went into die back without maturing because of the unusual situation of a severe heatwave just at the critical time. This photo (above) shows the total of its development for 2018