Christmas Rose


H. niger is a semi-evergreen perennial to 30cm, with pedately lobed, leathery, dark green leaves and 1-3 pure white or pink-flushed white, bowl-shaped flowers up to 8cm in width. This is my first flower for 2015 and now has eleven beautiful flowers (3 x 3 and 2 x 1). A little late this year though as I usually see a flower open in February.


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  1. nowathome says:

    What a stunning flower!

  2. What an amazing photo of that flower, Jude. So lovely. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I always look forward to seeing this plant flower and this year it has surpassed itself with the number of flowers.

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m very fond of hellebores, think I need a trip to Dartington where there are lots of beauties!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are some amazing varieties – I’d love to have more.

  4. M-R says:

    Oh, SO much better late than never !!! 🙂

  5. Mine are recovering, Jude, from the awful winter and are really starting to set some blooms. Can’t wait to post a few in the next Monthly Challenge! Yours are so pretty.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well you have had a ‘proper’ winter. We have barely seen any snow again this year and not a lot of frost either.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Such a crisp, lovely shot, Jude 🙂 Like this one very much.

    I’ve just spent an irritating 10 mins trying to add you to my Blogroll and you just won’t go! I was having a bit of a Spring clean, inspired by Mrs. M, God help me 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think I just use the ‘blogs I follow’ widget (which is limited to 50 blogs I think) I only use the blogroll for my own sites, but I don’t think that is limited. I tend not to bother changing the widgets. Talking of spring clean, do you back up your blog? Or do you write the posts elsewhere and copy/paste. Just something I read on Sherri’s blog which reminded me to do a back up in case WP loses all my posts and pages (it doesn’t save the images btw).

      1. restlessjo says:

        Mick’s forever nagging me about Backup. I’m terribly lax (you knew, didn’t you?) I did try the steps recommended for WP but my settings weren’t right (surprise) and I never looked into it any further. One day I’ll just disappear from the universe. Will you miss me? 🙂 Expect I’ll reincarnate and it might even be an improvement. I do have a stick I’m supposed to put my photos on but I’m negligent there too. 🙂

    2. Heyjude says:

      I exported by date using a 6 month period which seemed to work OK e.g Jan 2013-Jul 2013

      I guess you can always start from fresh, but I’d hate to lose my travel posts. Images I store elsewhere anyway and just have the edited versions on my laptop so I suppose I could always edit the original again. If I had the patience!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Cheers, Jude 🙂 I’m very flippant about it but I would be distraught. They’re a bit like your kids aren’t they, but mostly better behaved.

    3. Heyjude says:

      Alternatively you can just copy and paste the text into Word or Notepad or something. I have a lot of mine written in Word, but maybe not so many of the recent ones.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I started out in Word, Jude, but with so many photos I’ve long since lost the habit.

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Your white one is gorgeous, aren’t they all? My real favourite is a dark one, nearly black and I bought one for a friend years ago, knowing I wouldn’t be able to grow it. It’s still going strong and I have visiting rights every year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I loved seeing them at Wisley. And always have a browse in the local nursery to see what is new 🙂

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