Flower of the Month: January

The hellebore is one of the earliest blooms to be spotted in the garden, appearing from late winter to early spring.  H. niger is a semi-evergreen perennial to 30cm, with pedately lobed, leathery, dark green leaves and, despite the name, the flowers are usually pure white or pink-flushed white, bowl-shaped flowers up to 8cm in…

Macro Monday #69

click to enlarge to full size The second flower to bloom in my garden on February 11th. Though with far fewer buds than last year.

Five Minutes with a dying Helleborus niger

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new challenge called “regularrandom“ for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter. Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object,…

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…

Floral Friday Fotos

 Helleborus x orientalis  ‘Smokey Blue’ The main Hellebores to be cultivated by gardeners are the Lenten Rose varieties in a wide range of colour forms from white to pink, plum and deep blackish-purple, often conspicuously spotted reddish-purple.  Very rare and very beautiful, the flowers of this variety are said to appear a shade very deep purple to…