Yesterday after work I went outside to refill the bird feeders. While I was walking to the one feeder something caught my eye and made me smile-my Lenten Rose was blooming! I had forgotten all about this little plant in its container but mother nature worked her magic again and made her bloom! I didn't have my camera handy so I am posting a few pictures off google.com to show you what mine looks like.
There are many stories about the Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose or Hellebores. Some involve witchcraft, an old legend says it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem, another story says during the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC, hellebore was reportedly used by the Greek besiegers to poison the city's water supply, whatever the stories are I just love that my Lenten Rose greets me every spring since I bought it! Just lovely!!
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!