Yes it's March.
The beginning of spring, or is it ?
Do you remember when I accidentally managed to get my Christmas Cactus to flower on Christmas Day ? Well this is a Christmas Rose blooming on the first day of March. Oh well, can't win them all. This is a double Helleborus niger purchased last June from Hayloft Plants. I didn't expect it to flower this spring as it is still a very small plant.
According to legend, Helleborus niger was named the Christmas Rose because a young girl's tears made it appear through the snow. She was crying because she had no gift to give to baby Jesus. It usually flowers in January, apparently on what used to be Christmas Day according to the Julian calendar. Wish they hadn't messed about with the calendars. No wonder a lot of the old sayings don't come true anymore.
And talking of sayings, it's the beginning of March, so:
'If March comes in like a lion,
It goes out like a lamb.
If it comes in like a lamb,
It goes out like a lion.'
Oh I would say it's been the lambing season today, but that doesn't bode well for the end of the month, does it ?