When it is a Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger). 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.



18 thoughts on “When is a rose not a rose?

        1. Nothing much to write about here, and now that the garden challenge is done I shall revert back to posting mainly photos on this blog. The travel blog is my main one for now until I finish the trips from last year!

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  1. I love hellebores, even the wild ones. I tried growing a black one many years ago, but it wasn’t happy so I gave it to a friend. She has woods at the bottom of her garden so it’s still thriving.


      1. So the truth emerges, Hellebores have a mind of their own and are becoming ‘spring roses’ – it is happening here too. As for melting, we are made of stern British stock, but grateful for aircon! The lawns are becoming brown, and the hydrangeas demanding lots of water. Thank you for your concern, Jude.

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    1. Yes, they are shy little things, difficult to capture. I have planted some of mine in a raised wall so it is easier to see their faces. I’ll probably move the others there too now that I know they like it 🙂

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    1. It is NOT a rose, just called that I suppose because it does rather look like a shrub rose. And this one usually flowers at Christmas time. I have several lovelies flowering at the moment – all pristine white flowers. But you can get a huge variety of hellebores from palest pink to darkest purple. Perversely I also have a white rose in flower!

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