My Twelve Days of Christmas #9

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to meNine ladies dancingEight maids a-milkingSeven swans a-swimmingSix geese a-layingFive gold rings (five golden rings)Four calling birdsThree French hensTwo turtledovesAnd a partridge in a pear tree

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night. The Twelve Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration. I may not have a partridge or a pear tree, but I have selected 12 photos from December / January to get me through this period.

Christmas Rose / Helleborus niger


  1. Suzanne says:

    That is a wonderful capture of a favourite flower. The hellebore is classed as a winter rose in our neck of the woods. Happy New Year, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      This one has the name of Christmas Rose as it often flowers at this time of year and bought as a house plant. Happy New Year to you and the Squire – I hope everything is going well.

  2. susurrus says:

    What a lovely vignette!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Susan.

  3. I love it set against the Mind Your Own Business! I have been tempted to introduce MYOB into my damp shade garden (aka Soggy Bottom) but I have fears about its invasiveness. Do you find it a real spreader, Jude?

  4. Ann Mackay says:

    A beautiful photograph! My love would be very wise to bring me a hellebore, never mind any of these maids, leaping lords and partridges! 🙂

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