Monday, 14 January 2019

BEST WINTER BLOOMER

The Christmas rose of Helleborus flowers in the middle of winter. We saw this one, beside a driveway entrance. It’s always amazing: a plant that blooms when most garden plants are hibernating.

In earlier times, Christmas roses were credited with oracular powers. If you wanted to know what the weather would be like in the new year, you placed twelve buds from a Christmas rose in water on Christmas night and named each bud after a month. Then you read the weather for the coming twelve months by the way the buds opened: the closed ones meant bad weather, the open ones good weather. Source: Fleurop


Rain is grace; 
rain is the sky descending to the earth; 
without rain,
there would be no life. 

John Updike 

KERSTROOS

Als ik het goed heb is dit een Helleborus of kerstroos. Wat is deze plant mooi. Al die helderwitte bloemen met hun geelgroen hartje.

Als het ’s winters stevig vriest, trekt de plant het vocht uit zijn bladeren terug in de wortels – de bloemen hangen dan trouwens ook slap omdat daarbij hetzelfde gebeurt. Daardoor kunnen ze niet bevriezen. Als het weer wat warmer wordt, pompt de plant het vocht terug en staan de bladeren en bloemen er weer fier bij. Bron: Groenrijk


Zo mooi is de natuur.
Genieten!

Hier een foto van een jaar terug. Prachtig met een dus laagje ijs erop. Ik weet nog dat het zo koud was en dat het me bijna niet lukte om een goede foto te maken door mijn koude, rode vingers.


En HIER een link naar een site.  Deze site gebruikte één van mijn foto's. Je kunt er meer lezen over deze bijzonder plant.

  • Have you ever stopped to observe a raindrop on a flower petal? 
  • Ben je ooit gestopt om een regen of dauwdruppel te bewonderen op een bloemblad?

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  2. Such beautiful photographs.
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hé Jan, thank you so much for you comment and for your Paprika Pork recipe (with Red Peppers).

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  3. Oh,this is such a beautiful flower.The raindrops only add to the beauty.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous flower. You show its beauty in your photos, well done!

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  5. Yes, I've seen raindrops on flowers' petals. It's indeed a fascinating sight!

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    1. Yes, I love it. Especially when the sun is shining on it. But also on cloudy days.

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    1. Ja hè. Er bestaan een heleboel namen voor deze plant. In het Engels. Leuk om te ontdekken.

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  7. It must be quite wonderful to see this bloom in the dead of winter. As for raindrops on petals, it is like watching nature's jewels. You always make us think, Aritha!

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    1. Thanks David. Nature's jewels... that is nicely said.

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  8. I've never heard that about Christmas roses!

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    1. Also never seen? As this species's common name—Christmas rose—suggests, it often starts flowering by late December.

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  9. Beautiful and what I needed to see today!!

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    1. Yes? Is it still so cold over there (without snow)?

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  10. Beautiful blooms. I stop all the time to see raindrops on flowers.:)

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  11. Absolutely beautiful! Never knew that about Christmas roses.

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    1. Lisa, it was also new for me 😉 When I searched the name I discovered great stories. Also the very old stories about medicinal use of this plant. I read this: "Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Helleborus niger can also be used to treat rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis, and collagenoses) and has also shown beneficial effects in patients with dementia and anxiety/depression."

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  12. Hoi Aritha,
    Wat een mooie foto's!! Het is altijd bijzonder om deze bloemen zo in de winter te zien bloemen. Heb ze zelf ook. Ze zijn echt mooi.

    Groetjes, Marco

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  13. Prachtige bloem.
    Hele mooie foto's.

    Groettie van Patricia.

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  14. I wonder if mine is in flower in France? They really are so pretty. Hope all is well Diane

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  15. Beautiful photos dear friend. Loved your previous post on the forest as well... living in a woods I look forward to seeing those mushrooms that grow alongside old fallen trees...ferns and lots of moss. Thank you for sharing your part of the world. Hugs!

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  16. This is so very beautiful. Where I live in Michigan, USA, you don't see flowers growing outside at this time of year. So, it's like a breath of spring.

    Thanks so much for popping over to my blog. The Leatherman Tree blog is mostly family history (not always interesting to others!) and the Marmelade Gypsy is more like travel, real-life-day-to-day things, home and all. I hope you'll visit both!

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  17. There's absolutely nothing bloomin' in my neighborhood right now. So nice to see the color!

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