Thursday, December 31

Happy New Year

This year what better flower to choose to wish that 2016 brings everything all my visitors would want for themselves.


You may remember that in an earlier post I was pondering the misnomer of the names Christmas Rose and Hellebore Niger. Well I've been doing some research and found one or two things on the Internet which try to explain what seem to be inappropriate names so I have updated the post here with some snippets of what I found out.

Now I wonder why the hellebore above is sometimes referred to as the Lenten Rose?

30 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you too !

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  2. Happy New Year to you and Martyn, Sue. I look forward to continuing our friendship in 2016. Tomorrow I am announcing something that may well affect my gardening plans for 2016...

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  3. From what I know, Helleborus Niger (Christmas Rose) was supposed to flower for Christmas and Helleborus hybridus (or orientalis as they used to be called) was supposed to flower for Easter – hence the name Lenten Rose. In today’s climate change, the names don’t fit anymore, and I have Helleborus hybridus flowering BEFORE Helleborus niger every year in my garden – and both flower well before Christmas.

    Wishing you happy New Year and all the best for 2016!

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    1. Apparently it is far more complex than that Helene

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  4. Always gone with the explanation that Helleborus niger has black roots Sue.
    Wishing you all you wish for yourself in 2016.

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    1. I never noticed when I planted them Rick. Unless we buy another one it is too late to find out now.

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  5. All the best for 2016, Happy New Year xx

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  6. Best Wishes for the New Year to all.

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  7. Happy New year Sue and I wish you and Martyn good health and happiness!

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    1. A lovely hellebore....there is always something new to learn about plants isn't there? All the very best to you and yours Sue, have a marvellous 2016.xxx

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  8. Happy New Year to you and Martyn! Lovely hellebore - funny how I had not encounted them until I started reading about them in you and Mark's garden. Now I want some!

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    1. I hope that you get some hellebores, Margaret - I like the almost black ones. We bought some last year but they haven't flowered yet.

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  9. A very good gardening year in 2016 Sue. I hope you are not affected too much by the bad weather that is apparently hitting Yorkshire.

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    1. Thankfully we are not in an area affected by floods, Alain.

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  10. A Happy New Year to you and Martyn Sue! I hope that 2016 treats you both kindly. I will check the update on your hellebore post later :) Domestic duties are calling.

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    1. Hope that the domestic duties didn't take long Anna,

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  11. I hope that 2016 is a wonderful year for you both.

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  12. Wishing you both all the very best for 2016.

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  13. Happy new year to you and yours. May your life be touched with many unexpected blessings! :)

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