It has been unseasonably warm so far this Winter, with plants flowering early. I’ve seen daffs and even a magnolia tree in flower! Madness. I prefer to have proper seasons, with true cold temperatures and nature doing what it is supposed to do at the right time. Typically, in January, there are very few flowers around apart from the beautiful Hellebore. These shy little blooms are, to me, a symbol of hope and joy in this gloomy time of year.
I’ve recently planted two Hellebores in my front garden. Their colour and happy floral heads bring joy to me every time I come home.
The so-called Christmas rose is a traditional cottage garden favourite, bears its pure white flowers (which often age to pink) in the depths of winter; large-flowered cultivars are available, as are pink-flowered and double-flowered selections. They now come in a variety of colours from green, white to plum and almost black.
Local garden centres are full of these plants – so go out and plant some this weekend. Don’t have a garden? Then pick up a small plant and pot up for a pretty display to grace your dining table or mantel. There is a Hellebore out there for everyone.