The Hellebore: Winter’s Gift

As we begin to embrace the cool and quiet month of January our inspiration seems to come from some of the most unlikely places. In this case it’s a sweet little blossom who’s season is winter, thrives in the cold and stands out among its fellow flora as one of the most beautiful around.
Let me introduce you to our friend The Hellebore. 
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Antique botanical sketch of Hellebore.
Known as "Winter's Rose" Hellebores bloom throughout the winter and into early spring. Well known among the gardening community, these plants are hardy and require little care throughout the season. The most common variety bares pure white petals which often age to pink. These blooms inspire thoughts of spring as their petals do not fall from the plant for a month or more. 
Seeing a Hellebore as a cut flower is far more unusual and highly anticipated by florists near and far. We love to adore these elegant blooms as we tie them into winter centerpieces designed in soft shades of pastel or wrapped into a hand tied bouquet as a surprising touch of texture.
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A sampling of some of the 22 varieties of Hellebore.
Twenty-two species of Hellebores are known to exist ranging in color from white to green to the most blushing pinks, richest reds and deepest burgundy/black. 
Don't let these stunning beauties fool you, some varieties are known to be toxic! Hellebores are filled with alkaloid toxins and have been used in ancient medicine as both a purgative and a toxin. In the past and present day Hellebores perimeters are planted around the garden to ward off deer and other wildlife that may be tempted to enter.
There is no doubt that the Hellebore, both deadly and dazzling, will be cherished for many winters to come by gardeners, florists and flower enthusiasts alike. Stop into Bloom by Anuschka this winter to catch a glimpse of this special flower!

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