Another jewel in the winter garden is the Hellebore.Hellebore buds

Who would guess that these buds would in the matter of a few days turn into something like this?

Double Hellebore

The only problem with hellebores is that they bow their heads down and so there are only two ways to see them in all their beauty.  I love to hold their heads up to look into their sumptious beauty and then let them return to their downward view of the ground until the next time I want to stare into their faces. 

I cannot bear, this early in their life, to cut them off to show them in a bowl of water, though this is what I do if the odd one is knocked by a dog.  It is almost as if the dog knows that I want to spend more time staring into their beauty.