The Lenten Rose



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It was a random little container, tucked not-so distinctly under a table at the nursery amongst the primroses and tomato plants and violets. But still it caught my eye. I had to snatch it up. 

This was a couple winters ago. It barely made it through that winter in my dark, cold house and looked pathetic as I planted it in the ground that spring. I wasn’t sure it would survive.

The Lenten Rose (Hellebrorus sp.) is stronger than that. It is a perennial flowering evergreen.

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I photographed the precious blooms yesterday, a totally different scene compared to today (it’s been snowing all day).

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I love this plant, it has quickly become one of my utmost favorites in my garden. The colors are so delicate and feminine and the plant so resilient and strong (they have a winter and early spring flowering period and resistant to frost). I have a running tally of plants I will likely dig up and take with us if we move. This is definitely one of them 🙂

I am the way a life unfolds and bloom and seasons come and go and I am the way the spring always finds a way to turn even the coldest winter into a field of green flowers and new life.” Charlotte Eriksson


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