an emerging hellebore

as i was looking round my garden to find something to photograph on monday i found my beautiful deep purple hellebore was just about to flower bracing itself against the snowy weather. these flowers, also known as christmas roses, flower at this time of year and love shady areas….which is just perfect for my garden. my lovely friend andrew gifted me this plant when i first moved into our house and it has been blooming ever since. interestingly …the hellebore root is incredibly poisonous (i learnt this at the poisonous garden at alnwick castle – definitely worth a visit if you are down there)…..fatal in high doses but it was actually used in the past to treat worms in children…..aargh!!

in a few weeks, this beautiful flower will be blooming…another photo to add to my collection. JX

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ISO 160  F/2.8  1/50  100mm

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