March 9th, 2011
The letter this week is H
H stands for one of the loveliest and most welcome of perennial spring flowers - the Hellebore. The Hellebore comes early, - if it is a Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) you may find it in your garden in January, but this year even the Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) is going to have to hurry along if it is going to bloom before Ash Wednesday!
Yesterday in the garden it was shy and unaccommodating - only the very tips of the promising, pregnant stubs pushing through the frozen ground.
and I had to hunt up last year's March pictures of this sweet and delicate bloom
some of them a little tattered and past their prime, but always beautiful
For more great interpretations of the letter H click here, at ABC Wednesday, with
thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her kind helpers.