This weekend was a busy weekend for flower making. Since I have several shows coming up in the next few months I've been spending a lot of time creating stock. One of my favorites from this weekend is the Hellebore.
Also known as "winter rose" and "Lenten rose", hellebore is often associated with the winter holidays. Hellebores are very cold hardy and are one of the few flowers that bloom during winter and can withstand freezing temperatures and snow. Medicines made from hellebore were used in the past to treat paralysis, gout, worms and a host other ailments. Hellebore is poisonous so please do not use this plant medicinally or for any other purpose except as a garden plant!
Because of their extensive use as an ornamental plant, hellebores are suitable for a variety of historical miniature settings, from medieval to modern!
Hellebores have a fascinating history, with tales going as far back as the Ancient Greeks. If you're interested in garden or plant history I highly recommend searching for more information about them. Here are a few links to get you started:
A Modern Herbal: https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/h/helbla14.html
Cloisters Museum and Garden: http://blog.metmuseum.org/cloistersgardens/2010/03/24/hell-flowers/