christmas flowers – white and green

by Sharon Santoni

hellebore and moss for a christmas display

Amidst the flurry of shopping and baking for the holidays, there has been some early season entertaining going on here and an excuse to dress things up a bit for me.

When friends came  around for a brunch last Sunday, I didn’t want the formality of a big bouquet of flowers but still wanted to make the table pretty and christmassy, country style.

hellebore and moss for a christmas display

I bought these lovely white hellebore, which is after all called the Christmas Rose.   Took them out of their pots and stood them on cake plates then surrounded the root balls with moss.   The moss was pinned into place with cocktail sticks.

hellebore and moss for a christmas display

Of course the beauty of this idea is that when I have had enough of the plants indoors, then go straight out into the garden  to flower again this time next year.  In the meantime I water the plants each day, and provided they don’t get too close to the fire, they are perfectly happy.


hellebore and moss for a christmas display


Hope your preparations are going well.

Coming this week, the second instalment of this year’s Christmas Tale ….



Emm December 16, 2014 - 4:47 pm

A beautiful table, indeed. Tell us, please, about those stars glittering in the background. I sense a possible new decorating trend a la Sharon.

une femme December 16, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Sharon, what a fabulous idea! The effect is absolutely gorgeous.

Valorie December 16, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!! I too would love to know about the glittering stars in the background! Love the look. You are such an inspiration! I need to get busy, now. bye bye
x Valorie

La Contessa December 16, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I have those in my garden………….I planted last year.I just noticed the other day on my way to feed the chickens that they were blooming!!!!!!!!!!Made me so HAPPY.I would never have thought to do what you just did here…………BEAUTIFUL.And your HOME SHARON in the winter shot…………..OMG……..STUNNING!

Reply December 16, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Saludos amistosos:))))

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon December 16, 2014 - 5:25 pm

You just keep outdoing yourself. I love this and the thought of replanting is a wonderful idea.

lissy parker December 16, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Sharon, Everything looks festive and fabulous! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
xo, lissy

Rié | Portobello Design Blog December 16, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Sharon, I always love your floral posts, and this one is no exception! The white hellebore is the perfect addition to your lovely holiday table! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Rié

Karena December 16, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Sharon the white hellebore with beautiful greenery is just perfect. So natural and whispy with a bit of ivy as well!

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Mary Ellen December 16, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Very BEAUTIFUL and creative idea for a romantic festive table!

Florence December 16, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Beautiful! I love Christmas roses!

Gina December 16, 2014 - 8:09 pm

so simple so beautiful so Christmas

Vicky from Athens December 16, 2014 - 8:50 pm

So lovely! White, silver and green is beautiful at Christmas. By the way . . . I made your orange marmalade and it’s just delicious! And the recipe makes enough for lots of gifts!

Sheila in SF December 17, 2014 - 2:34 am

Wow so beautiful an idea….muy lindo…
Looking forward to next chapter.

Barbara P from MA December 17, 2014 - 4:07 am


Jeanne McKay Hartmann December 17, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Brilliant, Sharon. I love the idea of something that will last long after the festivities come to an end. Your hellebores look so sweet all tucked into your cake plates. Smart and beautiful! XO

Colleen Taylor December 18, 2014 - 4:53 am

There is nothing more pure & elegant than a white floral arrangement as this Sharon. Do tell, those sparkling stars, what exactly are they?

Susan Athanasakou December 19, 2014 - 9:44 am

White flowers are my favourite, what a clever idea to take them out of their pots and do what you did with the moss!
Not only do they last all Christmas, but, as you say, go out into the garden later.
You are so full of brilliant ideas!
A wonderful, Merry Christmas to you and your family Sharon.

Roxane Lacroix December 19, 2014 - 10:16 pm

That is so gorgeous! I was at our local co-op today and saw the Hellebores, so of course I picked up a couple of them. Can’t wait to decorate our table for Christmas dinner. Like quite a few posters, I love the star lights! For anyone interested there are similar lights on, just search for “stars curtain lights”

La Contessa December 23, 2014 - 3:47 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS………stunning as always!


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