When is a rose not a rose?

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.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Lovely shots – one of my favourites, hellebores.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’d like to get some more now that I have room for them.

  2. susurrus says:

    I love hellebores. I’m stalking one at the moment but it’s just a bud so far.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Aren’t they gorgeous? I wonder if we have any out yet. I’ll have a look tomorrow. 🙂
    Have I caught up with you now? You are elusive! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Did you see all the Norwich cathedral posts? I haven’t posted much on the other blogs.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Yes, I think so. There are some beauties. I’ve noticed that otherwise you’re keeping it short and sweet. (and keeping me hopping about the place 😦 )

        1. Heyjude says:

          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!

  4. How pretty. I must look them up here.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    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. Heyjude says:

      They do like to be in the right place. Dappled shade I think.

  6. kayrpea61 says:

    Love your photos, Jude. Of course, we call them ‘winter roses’, because they don’t flower at Christmas down under. 🙃

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mine seems to flower in January or even March! Guess it depends on how cold it has been. I hope you are not melting away in Oz – it seems to get hotter over there every year.

      1. kayrpea61 says:

        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.

  7. BeckyB says:

    My Mum introduced me to hellebores . . . .wonderful flowers. Missing mine this year being here in Portugal. I love the way they hide their beauty by looking down.

    1. Heyjude says:

      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 🙂

      1. BeckyB says:

        ah very clever . . .never thought of doing that 🙂

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    I would never have guessed this to be a rose … nor have I ever heard of a hellebore. I’m starting to think of myself as the anti-gardener 😉

    1. Heyjude says:

      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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