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Helleborus purpurascens - Often the first flowers can be seen low to the ground in December (usually before the new foliage appears), but they continue to open as the red-spotted stems grow, right through until early spring. A variable but very pretty deciduous clump-forming perennial that makes excellent groundcover in partial shade.

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Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy'

Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy' - Cornflower - can be bought in bunches of 50 stems - cost around £30 max. I could put you in touch with some British flower growers - you may be able to negotiate prices yourself and want to use British grown?

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