I picked this little posy of flowers from my garden today. Whilst I expect the Helleborus (Christmas rose) and the Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ to be in flower at this time of year, the scabious, knautia and stocks are flowering outside of their normal flowering time due to the incredibly mild weather we have had recently.

Christmas Posy

I decided on a macro shot of a beautiful speckled Helleborus, taken from the posy of flowers I picked in the garden today. I adore the colours in this flower and deliberately gave it a soft bokeh.

Close up shot of speckled Helleborus flower

Picked these lovely flowers from my garden this morning, including Sweet box, hellebores, snowdrops and Viburnum Tinus. Most of these you would expect to see in flower at this time of year, but I didn’t expect to find live caterpillars or daisies on the lawn in February!

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For today’s image, I wandered round my garden in the sunshine between the rain and was delighted to find this stunning white Helleborus orientalis. Other names for Hellebore are Christmas rose and Lenten rose, after the time when it flowers. What look like petals are actually sepals on a hellebore.

Macro of white Helleborus orientalis, Christmas rose