winter flower

February 3, 2012  in flowers

hellebore by Sania Pell

I have several favourite flowers but I would have to say Hellebores are up there in my top ten, maybe even my top five.  They are little patches of colour in an otherwise desolate winter garden, with their heads bowing down towards the earth. This particular one is especially dear to me as it originally came from my parents’ garden before they moved, the family garden where I grew up. I took these photos last week after a long day of phone calls and writing emails. I had had enough of technology and before the afternoon light faded I picked these from the garden and grabbed my camera for a little creativity.


The delicate colour, neither pink nor purple but somewhere inbetween, is just beautiful and the splashes of deeper colour add a beautiful texture. The beasties have nibbled them in parts making them imperfect, but I like that and it just adds to their character.

hellebore by Sania Pell

They also add ground cover all year round as their leaves are evergreen. I have other Hellebore varieties planted too, pure white ones and pale greenish too,which catch my eye as I look out from my kitchen.

hellebore by Sania Pell

They are a welcome sight in my garden but I will occasionally  pick a small bunch like this to bring inside and enjoy. I love the simplicity of a sweet little posy on my mantlepiece. This year I planted them in pots on my window sill in the front garden too, to welcome me home. They will then be re-planted in my garden later to bring joy again next year.

hellebore by Sania Pell

I played about with the flowers, shooting them in a favourite vase at first, then against painted canvases, and finally dissecting one rather like in a Victorain botanical illustration.

hellebore by Sania Pell

hellebore by Sania Pell

Placed flat on this handmade paper, that I roughly painted with household emulsion, the flowers themselves look almost painterly…

Ooh, that’s given me an idea on where to take this next… now where did I put my paints and brushes?


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  1. allesistgut says:

    What a nice flower! Love the colour and the stunning photos.
    Greetings allesistgut 🙂

  2. Gorgeous flower, and stunning photos & styling – thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  3. elisa says:

    ooh, what’s next! my tall girl brought a pale green one in to me, she knows i adore them. i love your tiny vase, i’m going to have to try making some small pieces for these little bouquets. x

  4. These photographs are beyond beautiful Sania… I think I need to steal these colours for a room scheme.

  5. gloria says:

    Lovely! You are so talented. You can see and reflect the beauty everywhere

  6. cowroad says:

    Your settings are just amazing Sania! You really inspire me, a beginning photographer: thank you! 🙂

  7. very inspirational post, thank you 🙂

  8. tina says:

    Really lovely. As always stupendous photography and storytelling.

  9. AMAZING pictures – one can tell by the pictures how much you like flowers…greetings from Germany – LOVE your book!

  10. Rona says:

    What a beautiful blog post Sania.

    I love your deconstructed idea and the final image is so simple, yet so effective! x

  11. yza says:

    j’aime beaucoup les atmosphères, les associations de couleurs, les photos…
    merci de nous faire partager celà…

  12. Cathy says:

    Thank you Sania – just the inspiration I needed this monday. one of my favourite flowers too, and what you have done with it is just SO beautiful!!x

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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