The 2nd of February is Candlemas Day, a Christian Church festival. Snowdrops are also known as ‘Candlemas Bells’ so I thought they would be a good choice for my photo of the day.

For me, snowdrops signify the first tentative signs that the garden is awakening from its winter slumber. Roll on spring!

Macro of clump of snowdrops, with bokeh background showing other snowdrops

Check out my review of The Rococo Gardens in Painswick, Gloucestershire to see the snowdrops.

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

Semi-evergreen Shrub. Flowers April-May. Height 2.5m

For most of the year this is a fairly unremarkable shrub, but when it flowers in April and May, it is the star of the garden. When in bud, the flowers are delicately edged with pink and when open they have the most exquisite scent – it’s a pity it can’t be bottled! Plant near a path or doorway to make the most of the fabulous fragrance.

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