Hellebore season

Our garden is most definitely a spring garden, and there are most definitely signs that spring is on the way!  Some of my favourite spring flowers are the Hellebores which start appearing from late January; I’ve got a few different varieties – in these photos are (from the top) Helleborus argutifolius, Helleborus foetidus, Helleborus niger and Helleborus orientalis.  Every year, the Helleborus orientalis (Oriental hellebore) flowers are slightly different shades of pink – they started off as deep purple when I planted them, but as the bees start to wake up and visit the flowers, they have gradually faded as the bees travel from the white Helleborus niger (Christmas rose) flowers to the darker pink flowers – the same has happened with the foxgloves in the garden and now I have all kinds of colours.  We’re a while off seeing the foxgloves yet, but I wonder what we’ll get this year?!

Hello to you, I hope you’ve had a lovely week!  Mine has been a bit all over the place – I seem to have spent a lot of it driving around in the rain to various appointments, although I did have a fab day out on Wednesday over in Skipton with my friend Lucy.  Unless there’s a reason why the road over the top of the moors is closed, I will always go that way so that I can see the hills and the sheep – the sheep are out on the moors at the moment and there are signs up to tell you to be careful on the road.  This is my favourite …

A snowy landscape and a grey sky with a white sign with the word Sheep written on it in red writing. "Sheep" is spelt with 3 Es

I took this photo from the side of the road as there were “pedestrians” walking along it … they’re not at all bothered, even if you hang out of the side of the car to take photos!

Sheep walking along a road. The moorlands behind are covered in snow.Sheep walking along a road. The moorlands behind are covered in snow.

It wasn’t snowing last Wednesday when I went to see Lucy – I took these earlier in the year when I went over and it had been snowing, but the sheep are still around.  It makes me really happy to drive over the moors in any weather, but especially when it’s snowing!

I also stopped to buy some eggs.  I’ve been coming along this road to see Lucy for years now, and every time I drove past this honesty box at the end of a farm drive, I thought that I should buy some eggs, and I’ve started doing that now.  I’m all for supporting small businesses, and that includes Henry’s Happy Hens!

A wooden honesty box for eggs. The words "Eggs from Henry's Happy Hens" are on the box. Beyond is a view across snowy moorland

Look at that view beyond!  I think it’s one of my favourites on the drive over …

A view across snowy moorlands. In the foreground is an honesty box for eggs

I can tell you that Henry’s eggs are fabulous – big eggs with bright yellow yolks; they are obviously very happy hens!  Not so small daughter has one for breakfast every day before college now which is good news for me – I am sure I am not the only parent to have had heated discussions about their children leaving the house without breakfast and then not eating much for lunch either because they’re too busy, so I am very happy for her to eat anything at all as long as she’s eating!  I’m still making the overnight bread which is ridiculously easy to make; white bread may not be the best bread for you, but this loaf has only 4 ingredients in it and I’m buying good quality flour, and most importantly, not so small daughter will eat it!  This bread makes really good toast so not so small daughter’s breakfast is a Henry egg (as we call them) on homemade toast, often with homemade bread sandwiches to take to college as well (thicker slices mean that she can take less sandwiches so she doesn’t just fill up on bread), and now I’m happy that she’s eating better than some teenagers do.

I’ve got LOADS to catch up on with the blog as I didn’t manage to get any extra posts written during the Winter Haven KAL this year, so I’m going to do my best to do that this month – I need to tell you about my visit to the new Ewe Felty Thing shop in Conwy, and I’m going to write a review of the Muud bags and accessories that I have as I absolutely love them (and I promised Muud that I would 🙂 ), plus I’ve got photos from last month and photos from this month … oh, I’ve got plenty to tell you so I’m going to do my best to cram it all in!

For now, I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and I will catch up with you soon! xx



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16 Responses

  1. Jill Muir says:

    Dear Christine,
    Thank you for your messages sorry if I dont always respond. Life is really busy here.
    Planning a party at local pub for our now large family of fourteen at end of February. It celebrates my 90 birthday when we had planned the same but come the day I had some truly awful cold which took four weeks to go , so it was postponed – so annoying as I don’t think I shall be 90 again. Thanks for your help. I am still not good at socks but trying to improve daily!

  2. Susan Mason says:

    Absolutely LOVE your blog, Christine! Thank you.
    Can you share your bread recipe?
    My plan this year History to master socks!

  3. Joan Bray says:

    My hellebore foetidus or stinking hellebore as I call it won 1st prize in Flower of the Month at our local Garden Club meeting this week. Beat all the orientalis ones into a cocked hat!

  4. What a fabulous spot to stop for some lovely eggs – great view too!

    I also love the “SHEEEP” sign, it made me chuckle.

  5. Susan Rayner says:

    Beautiful Hellebores – ours are lovely too – but sadly I don’t know the varieties and am very impressed that you do.
    Our snowdrops are nearly over, but daffodils, aconites and our big and old camellia are all out now – tulips coming up and crocuses too – newer Camellias will be flowering soon.
    Such a hopeful time of year.
    Your drive over the Moors to Skipton reminds us of our frequent journeys down to Cornwall where we used to take the road over Dartmoor if the weather permitted – very similar even down the sheep.
    Looking forward to the next blog.

    • winwickmum says:

      Ooh yes, it’s a similar sort of landscape to Cornwall. I love the hills and the big sky! You’re much further south than us so our snowdrops are still in flower, although I spotted miniature daffodils out today. There is a way to tell the difference between the Hellebores (the leaves are a big clue), and when they flower is a sign as well as the Christmas rose Hellebores are always out earlier 🙂 xx

  6. Julie Kelshaw says:

    Those views over to Skpiton are very similar to those I see towards Eryri (Snowdonia), every time we travel from home and back, as we live on the outskirts of this amazing area. It’s easy to take it for granted, but a little snow or a bright shaft of sunlight reminds me how lucky we are. Look forward to your thoughts on Ewe Felty Thing as I’m planning a trip there before too long, Conwy’s only about an hour from here.

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh that sounds amazing – and you do live in a beautiful part of the world! I think the new Ewe Felty Thing shop is fab, it’s a better space for the shop and I am sure you’ll like it when you go 🙂 xx

  7. Audrey says:

    love your posts. your pictures are great love tye country scenery .sheep just wandering around .used to but from these places too with honesty boxes. eggs nice and fresh lovely

  8. Corinne says:

    I love hellebores! I have pink ones and white ones, but then I also have a lovely double frilly pink one which outshines the rest.
    Younger daughter went off to school for at least a couple of years with toasted teacake and chocolate spread for breakfast. I was just happy she’d had something to eat!

    • winwickmum says:

      Ooh, that sounds like a posh one, I bet it’s lovely when it flowers! I am right with you – sometimes anything for breakfast is better than nothing! 🙂 xx

  9. Olly says:

    lovely photos of your flowers and the sheep it’s great seeing plants coming through spring 🔜 be here

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