Comforts

This lovely thing is soothing my heartstrings right now. I made it in October last year, having bought rather too many hellebores.

I wish I had made more – it’s one of those all-year-round pots to which you do precisely nothing, and it sits around looking gorgeous in spite of that.

Bruised, sober, ever so slightly funereal…but with bulbs in it, symbolising hope (?)…okay, I’ll shut up now – suffice to say, we are one year on from this. Tricky.

Here’s how you do it:

So here’s the thing –

I love cyclamen and pansies as much as the next person

…and I have buckets of them everywhere…

…but right now I’m in the mood for something that’ll go the distance with me…

Here’s a lovely pot that will remain lovely all year round. I’ve been growing hellebores in pots and window-boxes ever since I began gardening and they are completely low-maintenance and trouble-free. I’ve added some bulbs to this pot for spring zing, but a hellebore and some pretty ivy is enough for me…enjoy.

You need:

1 gorgeous hellebore…they’re on sale now and there are a squillion different permutations
3 little ivy plants
5 dwarf daffodil bulbs
A pot (mine is 30 cm diameter)
Some multi-purpose compost, mixed half and half with John Innes no. 2, because this pot is not a flash-in-the-pan part-time lover…it’s a keeper.

Simply fill the pot with compost half full and put a circle of bulbs around the edge. Place your hellebore in the centre and fill in the gaps, squidging your ivy into the sides as you go. Don’t worry about the bulbs getting through…they always manage somehow.
Water it thoroughly and enjoy x

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