Winter pleasures

Helleborus niger: Julerose – Hellebore – Christmas Rose – Snow Rose – Oracle Flower – Schneerose – Christrose – Weihnachtsrose – Vaaleajouluruusu


In ancient times Hippocrates applied Helleborus as a purgative and as a diuretic agent. Helleborus was also used in the treatment of mental diseases. In medieval times it was used to makes salves that witches used. Some thought of Helleborus as a source for the ‘fountain of youth’ that generations have searched for. Today the roots of Helleborus niger are used to treat cardiovascular disease. The ingredient derived from Helleborus is Helebrin.

Witches used pulverized Helleborus roots to drive out evil spirits. The pulverized root particles will stimulate sneezing. In lore it is believed that people use these particles to ‘sneeze out’ evil spirits. There is an ingredient in the roots called Protoanemonin that stimulates sneezing.

I’m leaving my old home & garden, moving into a brand new house by the sea. I’m swapping my lawn for a pier, and so I have to leave many things behind. But I will have to find some nice flowerpots for my Juleroser.


Old industrial buildings have had to go to make room for new development.IMG_1193

My new house to the right. And as you can see there is really no garden here! The quay is public, which is great! Where I used to live, rich people tried to occupy the beaches, hindering public access to the sea. But I am a strong supporter of the general public’s right to access land for recreation, the right to roam.IMG_1200So; I will not have a garden, but I will have a terrace & a small flowerbed, and when spring comes I hope it will bring these bulbs to life.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Congradulations on your new home. It will be a castle.

  2. We lived aboard a boat for six years. Life on the water is so interesting! Best of luck in your new home.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Really?! A houseboat?

  3. Life by the sea sounds wonderful. I love my garden, but I think a life lived near water is even better for the soul…you can look out and meditate on the ripples and waves, and say hello to the fish. Enjoy!

    1. Sigrun says:

      My husband loves fishing, so there will be plenty of hellos – or goodbyes to the fishes.
      From my new studio I will look down at a little bay with lots of activity.

  4. Arti says:

    Beautiful environs. Wonderful to live by the water. Thanks for sharing your move. I wish you all the best in your new home! Do share we us your flowers when they bloom. 😉

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you so much!

  5. I love hellebore. I even wrote a sonnet for the flower!
    Much happiness in your new house by the sea.

    1. Sigrun says:

      You did?! I love them too, but I have yet to make them a poem…

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