Last Friday we were treated with snow. What a lovely present! Because we live close to the sea it is relatively warm in winter. So snow is rare in the province of Zeeland. I have to go out to shoot some pictures immediately.
I can hear the snow squeaking under my feet. Packing snow! I have to be quick; actually it already thaws. The Helleborus in my garden have white snow-caps. They are photo genetic. The white Helleborus, which lights up the garden on gloomy days, looks faded in the snow now. However, the dark ones are beautiful. In these snowy conditions they steal the show. So every colour has its moment!
Whilst I photograph the Helleborus, I think how smart nature is. The flowers hang upside down. This way the pollen is protected against rain and snow. The disadvantage is you cannot see the inside of the flowers properly. That is why growers have tried to breed Hellebores with flowers growing upwards. Of course they succeeded, but a Helleborus will not do this on its own. It is bad for the seeds!
I myself once tried to cross a white and a black Helleborus. The offspring is white with black dots. The flowers hang upside down of course.
After all, it needs a lot to manipulate nature!
Enjoy your week.
Helleborus Corsicus. Always with green flowers.
The white ones are not looking at their best.
But the dark ones....
....they steel the show!
Next day, the sun is shining.
The white ones look fresh and bright.
The same Hellebore of the first picture.
Collection of Hellebore flowers.
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