January Nature Table

Winter Flora And Wool, Rocking Dog

Winter Flora And Wool

Walking in winter, cheek chiseling cold, brain numbing, teeth chattering and invigorating! Even in winter there are lovely things to see growing and evolving. My January nature table enjoys pickings of predominantly green hues. As the winter extends into spring, green will turn to the yellows of Forsythia, Wild Primroses and Daffodils.

There is a bounty of food for the birds, juicy globes of ivy berries and rose hips. Meanwhile, delicate Churlish Green catkins remind us that spring is tantalisingly close. Moss and ferns, verdantly green, bask in their shady dells and the leaves of autumn provide a carpet of rusts and browns.

Hellebore, (the Lenten or Christmas Rose) is a welcome floral display in these short January days. Originating in Europe and Asia, throughout history they have been used for medicinal purposes even though they are highly toxic. The plant is thought to have been used by Hippocrates as a purgative. Meanwhile the dramatic Black Hellebore has been used in ancient times to treat paralysis, gout and insanity. Alexander The Great is thought to have died as a result of taking medicine containing Hellebore.

You know how much I love a good story… so… Hellebore Niger is often called the Christmas Rose, due to an old legend that the plant sprouted in the snow from the tears of young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem. Aaaaahh!

Lastly I love the amazing fungi which I photographed in the winter sunshine, it really did seem that it was positively sunbathing.

Bird Food, Rocking Dog

Bird Food

Fabulous Ferns, Rocking Dog

Fabulous Ferns

Exotic Hellebore, Rocking Dog

Exotic Hellebore

Sunbathing Fungi, Rocking Dog

Sunbathing Fungi

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