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Focus on Hellebores
by Barry Glick
by Barry Glick

email: barry@sunfarm.com

Barry Glick has been involved in the plant world since 1954, when at the young, impressionable age of 5, he witnessed Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard on TV) put a cutting of a plant in a glass of water only to sprout roots a few shows later. Barry replicated the experiment with his one of his mother's prized Coleus plants, and as he watched the roots grow, knew that he was hooked for life.

Barry owns Sunshine Farm & Gardens in West Virginia - Zone 5 http://www.sunfarm.com/


February 3, 2002

I'm probably gonna shoot myself for telling you to look .... because I know you're gonna bug the heck out of me for one of each of them, but like a proud papa, I do reserve bragging rights. 
What am I babbling about? Well go to my website, http://www.sunfarm.com and check out some of the improvements that I've made in the last week or two with the help of my secret (by choice), anonymous (by choice), brilliant (she can't help it) webmistress K.F.
What I'm specifically referring to is the updated "Focus on Hellebores" link in the upper right hand corner of the front page.
First, you can read the full story about how the Helleborus x hybridus 'Sunshine Selections' are created in the section aptly named, About Helleborus x hybridus 'Sunshine Selections'. You can see some of the parental stock that goes into the bloodlines of the strain at: Picture gallery of Helleborus x hybridus 'Sunshine Selections'. I still have hundreds of slides to scan for this section in the next few weeks, so stay tuned and I will let you know when they are up.
Next, it's on to read about our double Hellebores at: About Double Hellebores 
Then and only then, can you view them at: Gallery of Double Hellebores, but first get out your drool cups or get a napkin cause you're gonna salivate excessively. Maybe before you go there, I should make you sign a disclaimer that you will not appear on my doorstep offering your first born child in exchange for one of these plants. They are going into tissue culture and we hope to have enough to satisfy demand sometime in the future. 
A word about the composition of the images. Although they are high quality on a technical level, they are made for scientific breeding reference and not for the cover of Fine Gardening Magazine. Essentially, the images really don't do the flowers justice. However I know that a discriminating gardener like yourself will understand that. By the way, if you're into details, they were shot in natural daylight with a Nikon F100 outfitted with a 60mm 2.8 Micro Nikkor D AF lens on Kodak Ektachrome 400 X Professional Film. Exposure was bracketed by 3 - 1/2 stops.

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