There are some flowers which appear timeless, season after season we welcome their return with love and affection such as the aforementioned daffodil, others have grown in popularity. One such newcomer is the hellebore, also known as Lenten Rose they have long been a favourite of mine I particularly admire their bashful downward looking stance. A few years ago they were less widely appreciated as a cut flower and they lent an unusual accent to my bridal bouquets (alas I cannot say the same today)!
Once a virtual unknown on the cut flower circuit, unpopular in part due to their unpredictability and tendency to wilt, hidden in shady corners of our gardens, hellebore s often went unnoticed as the ranunculus and other spring "super models" tulips and narcissus took centre stage. They are currently enjoying a moment of glory amongst florist and horticultural circles with many varieties available with a longer vase life, they are also extremely versatile straddling the foliage-flower boundaries such as the green Argutifolius. There are some twenty varieties to choose from and you will find the plants at every garden centre across the land with a variety for every aspect in the garden, a personal favourite is Helleborus Sternii.
To use in a bouquet or arrangement - cut and scald the stems in boiling water for 20 seconds before using, alternatively cut when the seed sets later in their season.