The Hellebore Specialists

 

We are experiencing another slightly later flowering season this year.  However the Hellebores have now got into their stride and and are now putting on a spectacular show in the Nursery.  We are starting to get very busy with hand pollinating our stock plants and putting lots of lovely flowering Hellebores into the sales area for our Sunday Open Days.

The Nursery is open every Sunday through till the end of September.  As a production Nursery we are not usually open, so this is a rare chance to see how we propagate and grow our Hellebores.  You can also view an unmatched range of Hellebores available for sale.  Well worth a visit over the next six to eight weeks to get the full peak season Hellebore experience.

You can get directions and other information about our Open Sundays here:

Details about our Open Sundays

 

For those who can’t make it to the Nursery we are still posting out Hellebores to all States except WA.  Winter is an ideal time to plant Hellebores, so if you need a few more Hellebores for the garden have a look at the selection here:

Visit the Online Hellebore Store

 

Photos of a few of the lovely Hellebores we have had at the Nursery in recent weeks:

 

We have been very happy to get some good rains in the Macedon ranges this month after a very dry start to the year.  In the nursery the Hellebores have started to bud up and we look like getting a very good flowering season this Winter.  We are getting our sales area and display bed set up for the start of our Nursery Open Sundays from June 2nd.

Thanks to all those who have already ordered their Hellebores for this season.  We have had lots of orders and some items are selling fast.

Now is the perfect time to plant Hellebores as they will grow away nicely through Winter and into Spring.

 

Click here to visit our Hellebore shop

 

If you have not done so already, now is the ideal time to remove the old foliage on established Hellebores and give them a feed.

For Helleborus x hybridus varieties that have been planted for two or more years and are a reasonable size you can remove all of the old foliage right down to the ground.  Leave any new growth.  This will tidy up your plants and show off the flowers this winter to better effect.  For the taller shrubby species Hellebores such as H. argutifolius, H. lividus, H. x sternii or H. foetidus, don’t remove the foliage now, wait till after flowering in spring.  Also a good idea to remove any build up of mulch or leaves from around the base of the plant to allow for good light and air movement.

At the same time you can give your Hellebores some food.  Any complete fertiliser (ie one that has nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous) such a dynamic lifter or osmocote will be fine.  A light dressing of dolomite lime will also be appreciated.

Helleborus x hybridus double picotee
Helleborus x hybridus Slate

 

We are pleased to announce that the Post Office Farm Nursery Hellebore Shop is open for the 2019 season.

There are 43 different varieties of Hellebores available this year.  There are two completely new varieties for us (see pics below) and a few others that we have not had on the list for a while.

Despite a very hot and dry Summer, the Hellebores in the Nursery are looking wonderful.  Autumn is the ideal time to get Hellebores planted, so have a look around our online shop.

Click here to visit the Hellebore Shop

 

Autumn Plant Fair News…

From the 27th to the 31st of March we will be at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.  For those in NSW, we will be attending the Collectors Plant Fair at Hawkesbury Racecourse on 6th and 7th of April.   We will be back in NSW again on the 27th and 28th of April at the Southern Highlands Botanic Garden Plant fair in Bowral, a new event for us.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double pink blotched’
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Green red flush’

 

We hope you have enjoyed a good season with the Hellebores in your garden.  It has been an excellent year for flowering at the Nursery this year and we have enjoyed strong demand for our plants.  Thanks again to all those who have ordered from us this year and visited the Nursery over Winter.  In the Nursery now we are nearly finished tubing up the newly germinated seedlings which will be next year’s crop.  We have finished hand pollinating thousands of flowers in the stock house and are about to place bags over all of those flowers to collect the seed.

In the garden now is the time to remove spent flowering stems, apply some mulch around the Hellebores and keep an eye out for aphids.  Assuming the usual dry conditions apply over Summer make sure any new Hellebores you have planted this year get water as required.

Late Spring Events

This year we are attending a couple of gardening events in mid November.  This is late for us but both events are quite exciting and new for us so we didn’t want to miss out.

Yarra Valley Plant Fair and garden expo

An exciting new Plant Fair, this will be held on the weekend of 17th and 18th of November at 125 Quayle Rd, Wandin.  For more information see here.

Paul Bangay’s Stonefields open garden.

Another new event for us.  This event will raise money for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.  Its will be held on the weekend of 17th and 18th of November (yes we will be in two places at once) at Paul’s private garden Stonefields, near Daylesford in Central Victoria.  For more information see here.

Online Hellebore Shop closing

Last call for any Hellebore orders for this year.  The website Shop will be closing by 9am on Monday October 22.

To see which varieties are still available click here.

We are still experiencing some lovely late season Hellebore flowering at the Nursery this year.  Our expectation of a very late flowering season have been borne out and we are still busy hand pollinating and selecting nice flowering plants when we would usually be winding both up at this time.

 

Spring Plant fairs

We will be attending three Plant Fairs over the next month, all in lovely rural parts of Victoria.

Firstly, this coming weekend the 22nd and 23rd of September we will be at the Yea Garden Expo, see this website for details.

Then on the weekend of 6th and 7th of October we will be at the Garden Lover’s Fair at Bolobek in Macedon, see this website for details.

Finally, on the weekend of 13th and 14th of October we will be at the Gippsland Garden Expo at Lardner Park, near Warragul.  See this website for details.

 

Open Sundays

The next two Sundays (September 23rd and 30th) will be our final Open Days at Post Office Farm for this year.  Due to the late season there is still plenty of Hellebores in flower and a good range of Hellebores to choose from.  For more information on our Open Sundays see here.

 

Hellebores by mail

Our online Hellebore Shop is still open.  However we are getting lowish in stock for many varieties and may be closing the Shop a bit earlier than the usual end of October this year.  If you still need a few Hellebores, I would recommend ordering in the next couple of weeks to avoid missing out.

Click here to go to our Shop.

 

This year the flowering of the Hellebores at Post Office Farm have been rather later than usual.  The extended warm spell we experienced in Autumn is the culprit.  Anyhow the Hellebores have caught up at last and we will be seeing lots of wonderful flowers here over August and well into September.

As usual the Nursery is open every Sunday through till the end of September.  As a production Nursery we are not usually open, so this is a rare chance to see how we propagate and grow our Hellebores.  You can also view an unmatched range of Hellebores available for sale.  Well worth a visit over the next couple of months now that we have lots of lovely Hellebores in flower.  You can get directions and other information about our Open Sundays here:

Details about our Open Sundays

 

In other news we have had an unusual amount of media attention recently with stories in both The Age newspaper and Gardening Australia TV.  Nice to be able to share our story and passion for Hellebores with a wider audience.  If you missed them, you can see The Age story here and the Gardening Australia story here.

 

Finally I should note that our website shop is still open and most varieties are still available.  Winter is an ideal time to plant Hellebores, so if you need a few more Hellebores for the garden have a look at the selection here:

Visit our Hellebore Store

A lovely composition of Hellebore flowers taken by Simon Griffiths at Post Office Farm.

 

After a very warm start to Autumn, we are finally experiencing some cooler weather in this part of the world.  There are plenty of flowers starting to form on the Hellebores here at the Nursery and we are hopeful of a good, if perhaps slightly late, flowering season over Winter.

Thanks to all those who have already ordered their Hellebores for this season.  We have had lots of orders and some items are selling fast.

Now is the perfect time to plant Hellebores as they will grow away nicely through Winter and into Spring.

 

Click here to visit our Hellebore shop

 

Now is the best time to remove the old foliage on established Hellebores and give them a feed.

For Helleborus x hybridus varieties that have been planted for two or more years and are a reasonable size you can remove all of the old foliage right down to the ground.  Leave any new growth.  This will tidy up your plants and show off the flowers this winter to better effect.  For the taller shrubby species Hellebores such as H. argutifolius, H. lividus, H. x sternii or H. foetidus, don’t remove the foliage now, wait till after flowering in spring.  Also a good idea to remove any build up of mulch or leaves from around the base of the plant to allow for good light and air movement.

At the same time you can give your Hellebores some food.  Any complete fertiliser (ie one that has nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous) such a dynamic lifter or osmocote will be fine.  A light dressing of dolomite lime will also be appreciated.

Helleborus x hybridus Double Reverse Picotee

 

Helleborus x hybridus Apricot Peach Spotted
Helleborus x hybridus Double Green Spotted

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the Post Office Farm Nursery Hellebore Shop is open for the 2018 season.

There are 44 different varieties of Hellebores available this year.  In particular we have our best selection of the lovely species Helleborus foetidus we have offered for several years and a number of other varieties not offered for a while.

The Hellebores are also looking wonderful after a mild summer for us.  Autumn is the ideal time to get Hellebores planted, so have a look around our online shop.

Please note that with Easter and some Plant fair commitments over the next couple of weeks, there may be a delay of a few weeks in getting orders out.

Autumn Plant Fair News: For those in NSW we will be attending the Collectors Plant Fair at Hawkesbury Racecourse on 7th and 8th of April.  And for those in Victoria we will be at the Tesselaar Gardening and Plant Expo in Silvan on 14th and 15th of April.

 

Click here to visit the Hellebore Shop

 

 

Hellebore Shop closing soon

Thanks to everyone who have ordered Hellebores this year.  We have had lots of good reports from customers saying what a good year it has been for Hellebores in the garden.

At the end of October we will be closing our Online Hellebore Store for this year (it will reopen in late March).  We have most varieties still available and they are looking really good and are ready to plant.  This is your last chance to get a few Hellebores in the garden this year.

Visit the Hellebore Store here to see our range

 

Spring maintenance tips for your Hellebores

Hellebores have generally finished flowering now and should be putting on some leafy growth.  Unless you want lots of seedlings coming up next winter, you might like to remove spent flowering stems before they drop seed.  This will also help the plant expend its energy in root and shoot growth rather than seed production.

If your Hellebores are putting on plenty of growth a little liquid feeding now wont hurt, but the main time for fertilising is late Autumn and into Winter.  Hellebores are not fussy about types of fertiliser – any of the commonly available liquid feeds at the standard rate will be fine.

Remove any old tatty or diseased looking growth (but leave the nice new growth).  Also keep an eye out for Aphids (looks for the wet sticky patches of their secretions on upper surface of foliage) and give them a few good sprays with your preferred insecticide.  Keep your Hellebores well mulched over summer.  And most importantly: young plants put into the ground this season will need a bit of extra watering over Summer if it is dry.

Happy gardening!

 

 

We have experienced a particularly cold Winter at Post Office Farm this year.  Over the past couple of weeks there has been little sign of early Spring with some real cold and even a little snow up here in the Macedon Ranges.  It has been a very good Winter for Hellebore flowering in the garden as well as the Nursery and I have included a few garden images of Hellebores taken over Winter in this post.

We remain very busy in the Nursery – hand pollinating in the stock house and tubing up all of the seedlings that have germinated this Winter.

Open Sundays

Only three more Open Sundays left for this season.  We are only open to the public from June to the end of September, so last chance till next Winter.  If you have been planning a visit to Post Office Farm, now is a great time as the cold weather of late means there is still lots of fine flowering to be seen.

Directions and details of Open Sundays here

 

Hellebores by mail

Our online Hellebore Shop is still open and we have a very good range available.  And it is an excellent time to plant before the warmer weather arrives.

Go to our Online Hellebore Shop here

 

 

Helleborus x hybridus primrose yellow dark centre and blacks
Helleborus x hybridus double apricots, primrose yellows and reds
Helleborus x hybridus whites, pinks and reds

 

A mid season post from us to remind you that mid-Winter is a great time to plant Hellebores.  Our Online Hellebore Store is currently open with a lovely range of Hellebores for your garden.  Order online and we will carefully pack and post your Hellebores to you via Australia Post.

Click here to visit our Hellebore Shop

 

This time of the year there is lots happening at the Nursery.  Hellebore seed is germinating with the promise of next years crop of Hellebores.  The results of our breeding efforts of three years ago are becoming evident as our larger 200mm pots of Hellebores come into flower now and over the next 6 to 8 weeks.

We have the Nursery open to the public every Sunday through till the end of September.  Anytime from now until the end of August would be the perfect time to visit us in the beautiful Macedon Ranges to see a stunning display of flowering Hellebores or pick up some smaller mail order sized plants and save on postage.

We are open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and at 11am and 2 pm each Sunday we have an informative talk on Hellebores and a tour of the Nursery.

Click here for more information on our Open Sundays

 

Helleborus x hybridus double bicolour
Helleborus x hybridus picotee

 

 

 

Post Office Farm Nursery will be open to the public on every Sunday from now until the end of September.

As a production Nursery we are not usually open, so this is a rare chance to see how we propagate and grow our Hellebores.  You can also view an unmatched range of Hellebores available for sale.

We are open from 10am to 4pm every Sunday in June, July, August and September.

We are at 934 Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne, Victoria (just out of Woodend in the Macedon Ranges).

Now is a perfect time to plant Hellebores and we have some 50 different varieties of Hellebore available in the 1 year old tubestock size (same size as the plants we post out from our online shop).  So if you are looking for tubestock Hellebores to plant, June is a good time to visit.  However, if you want to see our display bed and stock plants looking at their best and see our range of larger flowering sized plants then a visit a bit later in July or August is ideal.

Also at 11am and 2pm on every open Sunday there are guided tours of the Nursery with lots of information about growing and getting the best from your Hellebores.  We are an easy one hour drive from Melbourne and our sales/display area is fully undercover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Hellebore Shop Open

For those a bit too far away to visit in person, you can select our full 2017 range of Hellebores by visiting our online Hellebore Shop and we will post them to your door.

Visit our online Hellebore Store by clicking here.

 

The onset of some cooler weather and very cold nights and we are seeing the Hellebores putting on some new growth and the emergence of the swelling buds which will be this years flowers in a couple of months time.  Always an exciting time for us.

Thanks to all those who have already ordered their Hellebores for this season.  We have had lots of orders and some items are selling fast.

Now is the perfect time to plant Hellebores as they will grow away nicely through Winter and into Spring.

Please click on the link below to see our wonderful selection for this season.

And see below for a few Autumn maintenance tips for your Hellebores.

 

Click here to order Hellebores

 

Helleborus x hybridus ‘yellow dark centre’

 

Helleborus x hybridus “Double white spotted”

 

Autumn Maintenance tips for Hellebores

Now is the best time to remove the old foliage on established Hellebores and give them a feed.

For Helleborus x hybridus varieties that have been planted for two or more years and are a reasonable size you can remove all of the old foliage right down to the ground.  Leave any new growth.  This will tidy up your plants and show off the flowers this winter to better effect.  For the taller shrubby species Hellebores such as H. argutifolius, H. lividus, H. x sternii or H. foetidus, don’t remove the foliage now, wait till after flowering in spring.  Also a good idea to remove any build up of mulch or leaves from around the base of the plant to allow for good light and air movement.

At the same time you can give your Hellebores some food.  Any complete fertiliser (ie one that has nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous) such a dynamic lifter or osmocote will be fine.  A light dressing of dolomite lime will also be appreciated.

For more information visit the ‘Growing Hellebores’ pages of our website here.

 

Over next few weeks will be attending two really wonderful specialist plant fairs, one in NSW and one in Victoria…

Collectors Plant Fair, NSW

This event has become a treasured institution in the Sydney gardening calendar.  Held at the Hawkesbury Race Club at Clarendon on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April this fair will feature over 70 specialist nurseries in the one spot.  We will have a nice range of our new seasons Hellebores available for sale. Pictures of a couple of the varieties are shown below.  More info here.

Tesselaar Gardening and Plants Expo, Vic

This event is one of our favourites and held in the beautiful surrounds of the gardens at Tesselaar at Silvan.  The Expo will be held on the weekend of April 22 and 23.  Again we will have nice stocks of our new seasons Hellebores.  More info here.

 

If you can’t make either of these events, but still need some Hellebores, then our Hellebore Shop is now open…

Visit our Hellebore Shop here

 

Helleborus x hybridus double bicolour
Helleborus x hybridus picotee

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the Post Office Farm Nursery Hellebore Shop is open for the 2017 season.

There are three brand new varieties  and several that we have not offered for a few years.

We have made significant improvements to our water storage at the nursery over the past year and as a result the Hellebores are looking the best we can remember.  Autumn is the ideal time to get Hellebores planted, so have a look around our new look shop.

 

Click here to visit the Hellebore Shop

 

Images of a few of our 2017 varieties:

Helleborus x hybridus double green spotted
Helleborus x hybridus double apricot peach
Helleborus x hybridus Double veined

 

 

 

Hellebore Shop closing soon

Thank you very much to everyone who have ordered Hellebores this year.

At the end of October we will be closing our Online Hellebore Store for this year.  We have most varieties still available and they are looking really good and are ready to plant.  Last chance to get a few Hellebores in the garden this year.

Visit the Hellebore Store here to see our range

 

More Spring Plant Fairs

There are some ‘must do’ events for gardeners over next few weeks.  And we will be there, so drop in and say hello.

Firstly, there is the exciting new Botanic and Rare Plant Fair which will be held at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens on the weekend of 22 and 23 of October.  Lots of interesting Plant stalls and an impressive line up of talks and panel discussions on all things horticultural.  See here for more information.

Those living in Central Victoria may wish to get along to the Castlemaine Garden Market on Sunday 30th October.  It is held in parkland off Duke St, Castlemaine (opposite the Castle Motel) between 8am and 1pm.

And for gardeners in NSW you should think about seeing us at the wonderful Crookwell Garden Festival Market on Saturday 5th November.  See here for more information.

 

 

Spring maintenance tips for Hellebores

Hellebores have generally finished (or nearly finished) flowering now and should be putting on plenty of leafy growth.  Unless you want lots of seedlings coming up next winter, you might like to remove spent flowering stems before they drop seed.  This will also help the plant expend its energy in root and shoot growth rather than seed production.

If your Hellebores are putting on plenty of growth a little liquid feeding now wont hurt, but the main time for fertilising is late Autumn and into Winter.  Hellebores are not fussy about types of fertiliser – any of the commonly available liquid feeds at the standard rate will be fine.

Remove any old tatty or diseased looking growth (but leave the nice new growth).  And finally keep your Hellebores well mulched over summer.  And most importantly: young plants put into the ground this season will need a bit of extra watering over Summer if it is dry.

Happy gardening!

 

red-garden dble-white-garden

While we have been enjoying some milder weather over the past few weeks, it is also producing plenty of lovely Spring leafy growth on the Hellebores.  We still have lots of lovely Hellebores in flower at the nursery and the stockhouse is looking a treat right now.  Things are very busy at the moment; trying to get lots of hand pollination done so we can have plenty of nice plants in future years as well as tubing up the newly germinated seedlings.  The good Winter rainfall across south eastern Australia is laying the foundations for a good year in the garden.

 

Nursery Open Days

We are coming up to our final three open Sundays for this season.  Still plenty to see at the Nursery so if you have been meaning to visit this year, now is the time.  We are an easy hours drive from most parts of Melbourne as well as Bendigo and Ballarat.

Directions and more details of Open Days here

 

Mt Macedon Garden Lovers Fair

This is the longest running specialist plant fair held in Victoria and a very special event.  This year it will be held at the beautiful and historic ‘Bolobek’ garden at 370 Mt Macedon Rd, Macedon.  Lots of small specialist Nurseries will be in attendance.  Held on weekend of 17th and 18th of September.

More details of the Macedon Fair here

 

Hellebores by mail

We still have many varieties of Hellebores available for purchase in our Online Hellebore Store.  It is a good time to plant Hellebores and they are looking good at the moment.  Don’t miss out!

Visit our Online Hellebore Store here

 

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Nursery Update

We had a lovely snowfall at the Nursery last week.  Hellebores don’t mind snow and frost at all and look very picturesque in the process.

This time of the year there is lots happening at the Nursery.  Hellebore seed is germinating with the promise of next years crop of Hellebores.  The results of our breeding efforts of three years ago are becoming evident as our larger 200mm pots of Hellebores come into flower now and over the next 6 to 8 weeks.

The famous Hellebore Stock House is enjoying a late-ish season this year which means a stunning floral display during August and probably well into September this year.  We have started hand pollinating the stock plants which will hopefully yield a nice seed crop later in the year.

 

Nursery Open Days

Post Office Farm Nursery is open to the public on Sundays only from now through to the end of September.  Sundays 10am to 4pm.  We are at 934 Ashbourne Rd. Ashbourne (Just out of Woodend in the Macedon Ranges about 1 hour from Melbourne).  We are coming up to the best time to visit during late July and through August when we have lots of stunning Hellebores in flower.  And at 11am and 2 pm each Sunday we have an informative talk on Hellebores and a tour of the Nursery.

Open Days information here

 

Hellebores by mail

For those who cant get to the Nursery this Winter we continue to post Hellebores out to all States (except WA).  We have over 40 varieties in our 2016 Online Hellebore Shop.  These are 1 year old seedlings of our best hand pollinated plants.  Now is a very good time to get Hellebores into the garden.

Visit our Online Hellebore Store here

 

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Post Office Farm Nursery will be open to the public on every Sunday from now until the end of September.

As a production Nursery we are not usually open, so this is a rare chance to see how we propagate and grow our Hellebores.  You can also view an unmatched range of Hellebores available for sale.

We are open from 10am to 4pm every Sunday in June, July, August and September.

We are at 934 Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne (just out of Woodend in the Macedon Ranges).

Typically the peak flowering time for our Hellebores is in July and August which is when our display bed and stock house is looking at its very best.  However, now is an ideal time to plant Hellebores, so for many right now is the best time to visit the Nursery to buy the smaller tubestock varieties.

Click here for a Google Map of our location

Also at 11am and 2pm on every open Sunday there are guided tours of the Nursery with lots of information about growing and getting the best from your Hellebores.  We are an easy one hour drive from Melbourne and our sales/display area is fully undercover.

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Online Shop also Open

For those a bit too far away to visit in person, you can view our full 2016 range of Hellebores by visiting our online Hellebore Shop.

We are now using Australia Post’s eParcel service which provides notification of despatch and full tracking of your parcel.  And in good news for our Tasmanian customers, we are no longer levying an additional quarantine charge on orders from Tasmania.

Visit our online Hellebore Store by clicking here.

slate spotted

Thanks to all those who have already ordered their Hellebores for this season.

We have had lots of orders and some items are selling fast.

Now is the perfect time to plant Hellebores.

Please click on the link below to see our wonderful selection for this season.

And see below for a few Autumn maintenance tips for your Hellebores.

 

Click here to order Hellebores

Helleborus x hybridus 'double yellow spotted'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘double yellow spotted’

Autumn Maintenance for Hellebores

Mid to late autumn is the best time to remove the old foliage on established Hellebores and to feed your Hellebores.

For Helleborus x hybridus varieties that have been planted for two or more years and are a reasonable size you can remove all of the old foliage right down to the ground.  Leave any new growth.  This will tidy up your plants and show off the flowers this winter to better effect.  For the taller shrubby species Hellebores such as H. argutifolius, H. lividus, H. x sternii or H. foetidus, don’t remove the foliage now, wait till after flowering in spring.

At the same time you can give your Hellebores some food.  Any complete fertiliser (ie one that has nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous) such a dynamic lifter or osmocote will be fine.  A light dressing of dolomite lime will also be appreciated.

For more information visit the ‘Growing Hellebores’ pages of our website here.

 

Helleborus x hybridus double rose pink
Helleborus x hybridus double rose pink

 

 

 

 

Autumn arrives and another Hellebore season begins.

Five brand new varieties never offered before, another six old favourites not offered last year and forty two different varieties of Hellebore in total.

We have also given our website a new look and we very happy with the results.

So have a look around our new website and 2016 Hellebore Shop.  We will begin posting out orders after Easter.

Click here to go to our Hellebore Store

 

Plant Fairs

In April there are another two Plant Fairs we will be attending.  If you are in the area come along and say hello.

Tesselaar Garden and Plants Expo (Dandenongs)

A wonderful Plant Fair, this event will be held on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April 2016 at the beautiful Tesselaar Gardens in Silvan.  Open from 9am to 4pm both days.  See this website for more information.

 Collectors Plant Fair (NSW)

Now in its 11th year, this is a much treasured event for keen gardeners and plant collectors in NSW.  This year it will be held on the 9th and 10th of April at the Hawkesbury Race Club at Clarendon, NSW.  See here for more information.

 

Helleborus x hybridus double picotee
Helleborus x hybridus double picotee

 

Post Office Farm Nursery will be attending two early Autumn Plant Fairs before Easter this year with lots of nice new seasons Hellebores ready for planting.  These Fairs are all great events for keen gardeners and plant lovers with many other specialist nurseries attending. Details of each Fair is below.

Plant Fair at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa, ACT

is organized by the Horticultural Society of Canberra and will take place on the weekend of 12th and 13th of March 2016 at historic Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa, ACT.  This is a must see event for gardeners in the ACT and surrounding areas.  See the HSOC website for more information.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

will be at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Melbourne from Wednesday 16th March to Sunday 20th March 2016. We will be at site B38 (on the path which runs parallel to Victoria St., between the entry gate and Nicholson St.) See this website for more details.

 

Online Hellebore store

Our store will be reopening in late March with an unmatched range of quality Hellebores for the new season.  We will be sending an email to those on our mailing list to advise when the store is open.  A picture of one of the new varieties for 2016 is below.

Helleborus x hybridus double primrose picotee
Helleborus x hybridus double primrose picotee

Mail order closes at end of October

Thank you very much to all those who have ordered Hellebores this year.

On October 30 we will be closing our Online Hellebore Store.  We have quite a few varieties still available and they are looking good and ready to plant.  Last chance to get a few Hellebores in the garden before Summer.

 

Click here to go to our Online Hellebore Store

 

Spring jobs for your Hellebores.

Hellebores have generally finished (or nearly finished) flowering now and should be putting on plenty of leafy growth.  Unless you want lots of seedlings coming up next winter, you might like to remove spent flowering stems now.  This will also help the plant expend its energy in root and shoot growth rather than seed production.

If your Hellebores are putting on plenty of growth a little liquid feeding now wont hurt, but the main time for fertilising is late Autumn and into Winter.  Hellebores are not fussy about types of fertiliser – any of the commonly available liquid feeds at the standard rate will be fine.

Remove any old tatty or diseased looking growth (but leave the nice new growth).  Keep your Hellebores well mulched over summer and, most importantly, any young Hellebores planted this season will definitely appreciate some extra water over Summer, especially if it is hot.

Happy gardening!

griffith vase

 

Winter 2015 has been the coldest we have experienced in our time in the Macedon Ranges.  This has slowed down the flowering of the Hellebores, so that we are still pretty much enjoying peak flowering at the moment.

 

Hellebore Open Days

Post Office Farm Nursery will be open (from 10am to 4pm) for the next three Sundays until the end of September.  These are our final Open Days for this season.  We are at 934 Ashbourne Rd, Ashbourne (just out of Woodend).  We still have hundreds of large flowering sized Hellebores to see and buy as well as smaller tubestock.  Hellebore Talk and Nursery Tour held each Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

For more details about our Open Days click here.

 

Mail Order Hellebores

We are still posting Hellebores to all States of Australia (except WA).  Most varieties are still available and it is not too late to get your Hellebores planted to flower next year.

Go to our Online Hellebore Store here

 

Spring Plant Fairs

We will be attending two really lovely specialist Plant Fairs over the next couple of weekends.  Both Fairs will feature an array of smaller specialist Nurseries with lots of treasures for your garden.  So if you live nearby or feel like a drive, do come along and say hello.

The Red Hill Spring Garden Festival is held on Saturday September 12 (9am to 3pm) at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve on the Mornington Peninsula.  For more information click here.

The Mt Macedon Garden Lovers Fair will be held on the weekend of 19th and 20th September (10am to 4pm) and this year is being held at historic Bolobek, 370 Mt Macedon Road, Macedon.  Bolobek is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and is noted for its magnificent garden.

 

Helleborus x hybridus yellow picotee with gold nectaries
Helleborus x hybridus yellow picotee with gold nectaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helleborus x hybridus white red centre
Helleborus x hybridus white red centre

 

See below for our top 5 tips for keeping your Hellebores at their best this Winter.

 

Nursery Open Days

Post Office Farm Nursery is open (from 10am to 4pm) every Sunday until the end of September.  We are now coming into the peak flowering period and the Hellebores are looking great now.  Lots of stunning flowering plants as well as smaller seedlings available for sale.  Hellebore talk and tours of the Nursery every open day at 11am and 2pm.

Click here for more information about our Nursery Open Days.

 

Mail Order Hellebores

We have most of our 2015 varieties still available to mail order to all states (except WA).  Now is the ideal time to get Hellebores planted in your garden.

Click here to visit our Online Hellebore Shop.

 

Top 5 Winter maintenance tips for your Hellebores:

i) if you have not done so already it is a good idea to remove some/all old foliage from older plants to open up the base of the plant to air and light.  Cut it right down to the base.  Remove any mouldy/rotten stems also.

ii) Clear mulch/debris from around the base of the plant as this will help prevent possible fungal disease during wet weather.

iii) If you did not apply a controlled release fertiliser in Autumn then consider applying some complete fertiliser to Hellebores or giving them a liquid feed.

iv) If you have lots of Hellebore seedlings emerging around your Hellebores, consider removing or thinning them out to prevent things getting too crowded.

v) Assess the position of your Hellebores.  Are they getting enough light during Winter?  How is their drainage?  Will they get enough shade in Summer?  If you need to move established Hellebores do so in the next few weeks.

There is even more information about growing Hellebores on our website.

 

The photos below were taken in the nursery in last week or so.

 

Helleborus x hybridus 'Double yellow spotted'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double yellow spotted’
Helleborus x hybridus 'Slate Spotted'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Slate Spotted’
Helleborus x hybridus 'Pale Pink'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pale Pink’

Post Office Farm Nursery will be open to the public every Sunday from now until the end of September.

As a production nursery we are not usually open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to visit and see a wonderful range of Hellebores during their peak flowering period.  We will have our complete 2015 Catalogue range of Hellebores available for purchase as well as spectacular larger flowering sized Hellebores.

 

We are open from 10am to 4pm, Sundays only at 934 Ashbourne Rd, Ashbourne (Woodend), Victoria.

You can find us on Google Maps here.

 

We also hold a twice daily talk about Hellebores and tour of the Nursery at 11am and 2pm on every open Sunday.  Our Hellebore talks have been getting some good reviews too!  Director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens and Radio National presenter, Dr Tim Entwisle posted a nice review of one of our Sunday Hellebore talks on his blog.

For those that cant make it to our Open Days this Winter, we are still offering a great range of Hellebores on our Online Hellebore Shop.  Order online and we will post them out to all States, except WA.

Visit our Online Shop here.

 

A section of our Hellebore display beds at their peak during last years Open Days
A section of our Hellebore display beds at their peak during last years Open Days

 

Thanks to all those keen Gardeners who have already ordered their Hellebores for this season.

We have had lots of orders and some items are selling fast.

Now is the perfect time to plant Hellebores.

Please click on the link below to see our wonderful selection for this season.

 

Our online Hellebore Store is open now.

 

A few of the Hellebore varieties that we still have stocks of for this year:

Helleborus x hybridus 'Double Green'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Green’

 

Helleborus x sternii 'Ashwood Strain'
Helleborus x sternii ‘Ashwood Strain’
Helleborus x hybridus 'Picotee'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Picotee’

 

 

 

 

The Post Office Farm Nursery Online Hellebore Shop is now open.

There are 8 new varieties on offer this year and 40 different types of Hellebore all together.  The plants are looking really good this year and April is the perfect time of the year to get Hellebores into the garden.

Click here to visit our Hellebore Shop

 

Collectors Plant Fair – NSW

And a reminder to those of you from NSW that arguably the finest rare plant fair in Australia is being held this coming weekend, April 11th and 12th.  The Collectors Plant Fair features many small specialist plant nurseries, including Post Office Farm.  It is held at the Hawkesbury Race Club at Clarendon.  You can find more information here.

 

A few of the new varieties of Hellebore we are offering in 2015:

Helleborus x hybridus 'apricot peach spotted'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘apricot peach spotted’
Helleborus x hybridus 'double yellow spotted'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘double yellow spotted’
Helleborus x hybridus 'atrorubens hybrid'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘atrorubens hybrid’

Post Office Farm Nursery will be attending a couple of wonderful Gardening events over the next week, one in Canberra, the other in Melbourne.

Firstly, in the ACT the Plant Fair at historic Lanyon will be held this weekend the 21 and 22 March.  This is Canberra’s premier Plant Fair and we will have a nice range of Hellebores available.  For more details see here: http://www.opengarden.org.au/events/nsw_act_events.html#nsw-plantfair

Then next week we will be at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (stand B38) from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th March.  This will be held in the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Buildings in the heart of Melbourne.  More information here: http://melbflowershow.com.au/

A couple of the varieties we will have at Lanyon and Melbourne……..

Double Black
Double Black
Double yellow picotee
Double yellow picotee

Mail order closing in 10 days

On October 31 we will be closing our Online Hellebore Store.  We still have quite a few varieties still available and they are looking good and ready to plant.  Last chance to get a few Hellebores in the garden before Summer.  Images of a few of the varieties still available are below.

You can see what we still have available at our Online Hellebore Store.

Riversdale Plant Fair

Our final fling for this year will be at the Historic Riversdale Homestead in Goulburn, NSW, on Sunday 2nd November.  We hope to have a nice range of Hellebores available for sale, so if you live anywhere near do drop in to visit and see the Garden at Riversdale as well.

See this website for more information.

Maintenance Tips for your Hellebores.

Hellebores have generally finished (or nearly finished) flowering now and should be putting on plenty of leafy growth.  Unless you want lots of seedlings coming up next winter, you might like to remove spent flowering stems now.  This will also help the plant expend its energy in root and shoot growth rather than seed production.

If your Hellebores are putting on plenty of growth a little liquid feeding now wont hurt, but the main time for fertilising is late Autumn and into Winter.  Hellebores are not fussy about types of fertiliser – any of the commonly available liquid feeds at the standard rate will be fine.

Remove any old tatty or diseased looking growth (but leave the nice new growth).  And finally keep your Hellebores well mulched over summer.  Young plants put into the ground this season will probably need a bit of extra watering over Summer if it is dry.

Happy gardening!

Helleborus x hybridus Double picotee
Helleborus x hybridus Double picotee

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Plant Fairs

Over the next two months we will be attending a number of specialist Plant and Gardening Fairs, starting this coming Saturday at Red Hill.  Three of these are in Victoria and two in NSW.  We will have a nice range of our smaller mail order sized Hellebores as well as other choice Hellebores in flower in larger pots.  So if we are coming to your part of the world drop in and say hello.  Lots of other interesting specialist Nurseries attend these events as well.  See below for all the details.

 

The Red Hill Spring Garden Festival

Will be held on Saturday September 13, 2014 (9am to 3pm) at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill.  For more information click on this link.

 

The Mt Macedon Plant Lovers Market

Is to be held on the weekend of 20th and 21st September 2014 (10am to 4pm) at historic Bolobek, 370 Mt Macedon Rd, Macedon.  Note the wonderful new venue for this event this year.  For more information click on this link.

 

The Central Coast Plant Lovers Fair

Will be held on the weekend of 27th and 28th of September 2014 (9am to 4pm) at Kariong Mountains High School, Kariong, NSW.  For more information click on this link.

 

The Baw Baw Garden and Home Expo

Is to be held on the weekend of 11th and 12th of October 2014 (9am to 4pm) at Lardner Park, via Warragul.  For more information click on this link.

 

The Riversdale Open Garden Fair

Will be held on Sunday 2nd November 2014 (10am to 3pm) at Historic Riversdale, 1 Maud St, Goulburn, NSW. For more information click on this link.

 

Nursery Open Days

Post Office Farm Nursery will be open for the next three Sundays until the end of September.  The famous Hellebore Stock House is probably at its peak at the moment, the display bed is still looking good and we have lots of lovely Hellebores available to buy.

You can click here to get more information about our Open Days

 

Hellebores in the mail

We have most varieties still available to buy on our website shop.  We will be posting out Hellebores until the end of October.  It is not too late to get some nice new Hellebore in the ground to flower next Winter.

Click here to go to our website shop.

 

A lovely composition of Hellebore flowers taken by Simon Griffiths at Post Office Farm.
A lovely composition of Hellebore flowers taken by Simon Griffiths at Post Office Farm.

 

It has been a late-ish flowering season for the Hellebores at the Nursery this year.  But the Hellebores are really at their peak now and probably for the next month.

Post Office Farm Nursery is Open every Sunday (from 10am to 4pm) at the moment (until the end of September) so it is an ideal time to visit us.  Nursery Tours are held at 11am and 2pm on each Open Day.  Post Office Farm Nursery is just out of Woodend, in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, an easy hours drive from Melbourne, Ballarat or Bendigo.

Click here for more details on our Nursery Open Days.

If you cant make it to the Nursery then don’t despair as we are still sending Hellebores by mail.  Most varieties are still available.

Click here to go to our Hellebore Shop

 

Some images of the Hellebores in flower taken in last couple of days at the Nursery…….

dble purple
Helleborus x hybridus Double Purple
Helleborus x hybridus Picotee
Helleborus x hybridus Picotee
display bed
The Nursery display bed in full bloom – Hellebore Heaven

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Office Farm Nursery is now open to the public every Sunday 10am to 4pm, from now until the end of September

We have the full range of Hellebores featured in our 2014 Catalogue/Online Shop available to buy at the Open Days.

In addition we will have large flowering sized Hellebores – just a few of these this early in the season, many more in July and August.

Nursery Tours and Hellebore Talks at 11am and 2pm on each Open Day.

Post Office Farm Nursery is located at 934 Ashbourne Rd, Woodend, Victoria.  We are in the beautiful Macedon Ranges just an hours easy drive from most parts of Melbourne, Ballarat or Bendigo.

 

For more details about our Open Days click here.

 

new bowl pic

 

The Hellebores at Post Office Farm are stirring into life for a new season.

The temperatures have dropped over the past few weeks.  Cold misty mornings and a few light frosts.  Just a wake up call for the Hellebores.  The new Hellebore seedlings are germinating and flower buds are forming.

We still have all 40 varieties available in our online Hellebore store.  See images below for a few of the fabulous Hellebores we are offering this season.

Click here to go to the Hellebore Shop

 

And if you are into Facebook, you might like to check out Post Office Farm Nursery’s Facebook Page which has lots of nice pics and information about what we are up to in the Nursery.

Click here to see Post Office Farm Nursery on Facebook.

 

 

Helleborus x hybridus Double black
Helleborus x hybridus Double black
Helleborus x hybridus Double Bicolour
Helleborus x hybridus Double Bicolour
Helleborus x hybridus Reverse Picotee
Helleborus x hybridus Reverse Picotee
Helleborus argutifolius
Helleborus argutifolius

 

The Post Office Farm Nursery online Hellebore Shop is now open for the 2014 season.

 

Click here to go to the Hellebore Shop

 

This year our online store features 40 different Hellebore varieties, including a number of new offerings.

Autumn is the ideal time of the year to plant Hellebores.

 

Double apricot peach
Double apricot peach

 

Green spotted
Green spotted

 

Double picotee
Double picotee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helleborus x hybridus double white painted
Helleborus x hybridus double white painted

It is Autumn Plant Fair time!

Post Office Farm Nursery will be attending several Plant Fairs in the next few weeks with lots of nice new seasons Hellebores ready for planting.  These Fairs are all great events for keen gardeners and plant lovers with many other specialist nurseries attending. Details of each Fair is below.

Plant Fair at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa, ACT

is organized by Open Gardens Australia and will take place on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd March 2014 at historic Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa, ACT.  See the OGA website for more information.

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

will be at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Melbourne from Wednesday 26th March to Sunday 30th March 2014. We will be at site B38 (on the path which runs parallel to Victoria St., between the entry gate and Nicholson St.) See this website for more details.

The Tesselaar Gardening and Plants Expo

will take place on the weekend of 5th and 6th April 2014, at Tesselaar Gardens, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan. See this website for more information.

The Gippsland Rare and Unusual Plant Fair

will be held on Saturday 12th April 2014 at the Jindivick Public Hall, Jacksons Track, Jindivick, 10am to 4pm.   View a PDF information sheet for this event here: 2014 RARE PLANT FAIR

9th Collectors Plant Fair at Clarendon, NSW

will be held on the weekend of  12th to 13th of April, 2014 at the Hawkesbury Race Club, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon, NSW.  See their website for more information.

 

Helleborus x hybridus pale pink
Helleborus x hybridus pale pink

Our Online Hellebore Store will be opening in the first week of April.

We have a number of new introductions this year as well as lots of the varieties that we have become known for.  The Hellebores are looking good at the moment having come through the Summer heat wave without any dramas.  Autumn is the perfect time to get new Hellebores in the ground.  We will be sending out an email update when the Shop is live.

 

Helleborus x hybridus green purple bicolour
Helleborus x hybridus green purple bicolour

Riversdale Plant Fair

For the information of our NSW customers, Post Office Farm Nursery will be attending the Plant Fair at historic Riversdale, 1 Maud St, Goulburn on Sunday 3rd of November.  We will have a nice range of Hellebores available for sale at this Plant Fair and we are looking forward to meeting some of our customers from NSW.  Other specialist plant nurseries will be in attendance as well.

Click here for more information on the Open Gardens Australia website.

 

Mail Order Hellebores: last chance to order

One final reminder also that our mail order service for Hellebores will be closing at the end of October.  So just 2 weeks to get in any last minute Hellebore orders.  The plants are in fine order and we have most varieties still available.  Last chance till April 2014 to get some Hellebores planted!  A few of the varieties on offer this year are shown below.

Click here to visit our online Hellebore store.

 

 

Helleborus x hybridus 'Reverse Picotee'
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Reverse Picotee’
Helleborus x hybridus "Primrose yellow double"
Helleborus x hybridus “Primrose yellow double”

 

Helleborus x hybridus "Apricot peach"
Helleborus x hybridus “Apricot peach”

 

Helleborus x hybridus "Double white spotted"
Helleborus x hybridus “Double white spotted”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the next few weeks Post Office Farm Nursery will be attending a number of specialist Plant Fairs.  We will have a selection of our smaller mail order sized Hellebores as well as some larger flowering sized plants for sale.  These Fairs all feature a wonderful range of specialist plant Nurseries and are great fun for all plant lovers.

  • Pakenham Garden Expo – Saturday September 7th at the Pakenham Racecourse, Racecourse Rd, Pakenham, 10am to 3pm
  • Red Hill Spring Garden Festival  – Saturday 14th September, at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Arthurs Seat Road, 10am to 4pm.
  • The Mt Macedon Plant Lovers Market  – the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September at the Mt Macedon Golf Club/Horticultural Society Hall, 583 Mt Macedon Rd, Mt Macedon.
  • Baw Baw Garden Expo and Home Show – the weekend of the 12th and 13th of October 2013 at Lardner Park, field days site, via Warragul.

 

Open Days

The next four Sundays (8th – 29th September) are our last Nursery Open Days for this season.  Still lots of lovely Hellebores available and your last chance to visit Post Office Farm till next Winter.

 

Mail Order

Our mail order Hellebore service continues until the end of October.  Our website Shop is open 24/7.

 

For more details: www.postofficefarmnursery.com.au

 

A particularly lovely Helleborus x hybridus 'Double Picotee'.
A particularly lovely Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Picotee’.

Open Days

We are halfway through our season of Open Sundays at Post Office Farm.

Flowering is probably at its peak now with an amazing variety of Hellebores in full flower.  Many visitors have been rendered speechless at our stunning display bed of Hellebores.

We have a wide range of flowering Hellebores as well as smaller plants available for sale each Sunday.

Our Nursery Tours held at 11am and 2pm each Sunday have been very popular and give people a chance to see the latest varieties before they become available and get tips on the best way to grow their Hellebores in the garden.

The sales and display areas are fully under cover.  Post Office Farm is an easy 1 hour drive from most parts of Melbourne, in the beautiful Macedon Ranges.

 

Mail Order

For those unable to make a visit to the Nursery, our Mail Order service is still in full swing.

Order via our website Shop or download our 2013 Catalogue from the website.

Most varieties are still available and it is a good time to get Hellebores planted in the garden.

 

Click here for more information about our Open Days and Mail Order service.

 

Part of our Hellebore display area for this seasons Open Days
Part of our Hellebore display area for this seasons Open Days

 

This Sunday July 7th marks the start of this year’s Hellebore Open Days at Post Office Farm.

The Nursery will be open on every Sunday until the end of September.

On every Open Day we will have a wonderful display of flowering Hellebores with many varieties available for sale.

At 11am and 2pm on each Open Day there will be a guided tour of the Nursery and talk on growing Hellebores.

Winter is the perfect time to visit Post Office Farm and see the Hellebores at their best.

We will be open from 10am to 4pm each Sunday.

Post Office Farm Nursery is at 934 Ashbourne Rd, Woodend.

An easy one hour drive from Melbourne, Ballarat or Bendigo in the beautiful Macedon Ranges.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Click here for more information including a map of directions.

 

Part of our Hellebore display bed
Part of our Hellebore display bed

 

 

At Post Office Farm Nursery are very proud of our new Hellebore introductions for 2013.

These are the results of extensive breeding work over the past 20 years.

See the images of some of these beauties below.

These and many other varieties of this tough perennial plant can purchased right now on our newly opened Online Hellebore Shop.

 

Click here to visit our Hellebore Shop.

 

Double green purple bicolour
Double green purple bicolour

 

white blotched
white blotched
Double black
Double black
Primrose yellow with gold nectaries
Primrose yellow with gold nectaries
Double white painted
Double white painted

The Hellebore Shop on our website is now open for the 2013 season.

It features 41 different varieties of Hellebores, including 7 that are new for 2013.

The new seasons Hellebore seedlings have grown well over Summer and are looking wonderful now.

Autumn is the perfect time to plant Hellebores, so visit our new improved Hellebore Shop and make your selections.

Click here to go to our Hellebore Shop

 

A lovely Helleborus x hybridus 'apricot peach' flowering in the Nursery, Winter 2012.
A lovely Helleborus x hybridus ‘apricot peach’ flowering in the Nursery, Winter 2012.
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