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Helleborus argutifolius flowers-Corsican hellebore macro

There are not many flowers peaking out from under the snow in winter. Besides snowdrops, Corsican hellebore - Helleborus argutifolius is one of those few flowers pushing through the snow.

Corsican hellebore is an evergreen perennial blooming in late winter and early spring. Its cup shaped flowers have pale green color.
Its leaves are light green having three leaflets with deeply toothed margins.

Though evergreen, the foliage of this plant may die back in mid-winter with cold and long winters like we are having this year in East Europe. Even without foliage, the flower stems will rise up starting sometime between January or February, depending on the weather.
This year it seams, winter want to bury us alive in snow in Romania, so these lovely flowers will have to wait.
Corsican hellebore is known to be hardy to about -23°C, I hope they will survive.
Corsican hellebore flower-macro
At the time I took these photos, in mid May last year, their flowering period was almost over.
Helleborus argutifolius grows best in full sun to light shade, it prefers a well drained or sandy soil but will tolerate clay if drainage is adequate. It is a lovely addition to rock gardens.
Helleborus argutifolius flowers-Corsican hellebore
Corsican hellebore is the largest of the species hellebores. In our parts the plant reaches 50-60cm,as seen in the next picture, but it is much taller in its native regions.

Helleborus argutifolius plant-Corsican hellebore
Take care when handing this plant, all its parts are poisonous and in contact with the skin it can produce a severe allergic reaction.

Red Valentine's rose-for my friends

It's Valentine's Day and there is a special fragrance in the air today.
Love, the most precious gift is in full bloom.

Sometimes, the right words are not so easy to find but I will always have a photo for you that speaks loader than all words in the world.

With this bright red rose, I wish all my dear friend from blogosphere

Happy Valentines Day!

"Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons."
~ Khalil GibranHappy Valentines-Macro Flowers

It's easy to say we love but difficult to show it every day.

"It is kindness in a person, not beauty that wins our love."
~ Anonymous

Carnations with negative symbolism-photos

In general, carnations symbolize fascination, love and distinction.
They are gorgeous flowers and a wonderful gift for any occasion.

Short before Valentines Day, it is a good idea to check the symbolism of each particular color of carnation, before you gift them.
The various colors of carnation flowers have different meanings and hidden messages attaches to them, some positive and some negative.

While red, pink and white carnations have a positive message, yellow, purple and striped carnations symbolize the opposite.

Carnation flowers with negative symbolism:

Yellow carnations are joyful, warm colored flowers.
Take care though, yellow carnations stand for arrogance, disappointment and rejection.
Yellow Carnation-macro
If you feel disappointed by someone, sending a bouquet of yellow carnations will convey the message. Drowning your sorrows will not help much.
Yellow Carnation means disappointment
Purple carnations stand for capriciousness.

Purple Carnation-macro
while striped carnations symbolize refusal and/or regret.
Red striped carnation-closeup

Carnations with positive symbolism

Carnation, also called clove pink and gillyflower is the birth flower for people born in the month of January.
In general, carnations symbolize fascination, love and distinction.

Most of us appreciate their beauty regardless of the meaning attached to the flower color.
It is a good idea though to check the symbolism of each particular color of carnation to avoid hurting someones feelings.
The various colors of carnation flowers have different meanings and hidden messages attaches to them, some positive and some negative.

Carnations with positive meaning:

- Dark red Carnation means deep love and a woman's affection.

Red carnation flower with greenery
White carnations symbolize pure love and good luck.

Red and white carnation flowers
- Light red carnation means admiration.

Light-red carnation-macro
The pink carnation is the symbol of a mother's undying love.

Pink carnation-macroUnlike the above gillyflowers, the yellow, purple and striped carnations have a negative symbolism attached to them.