Wendy’s Flower

On Thursday — the day before the Newtown madness — “06880” reader Wendy Crowther sent this simple photo from her garden:

Wendy flower

I liked it. But I wondered how I could use it on my blog.

Today, it’s perfect. The flower is a symbol of hope and beauty, at a time we desperately need both.

Thank you, Wendy. And thank you too, for this inspiring story that accompanied your photo:

The official botanical name of the perennial blooming in my yard is Helleborus Niger.  The plant’s more homespun name is Christmas Rose because it bears its flowers in winter.  But it’s not a member of the rose family at all.

I’ve had this plant in my garden for several years, but this is the first time it has bloomed. As the rest of my garden settles into dormancy, this little beauty lifts its head up to say hello. It makes me smile.

And though it’s not really a rose, it makes me think that the words to one of my favorite Christmas carols finally make a little more sense:

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

7 responses to “Wendy’s Flower

  1. Westporter Since '03

    Thanks for sharing Dan, and Wendy. Simply beautiful.
    You are right: I needed that.

  2. Without faith, hope and love, we have nothing. Thanks for a tangible reminder that there is brightness even even in the darkest seasons.

  3. Wendy, “Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming” has become my new favorite Christmas Carol. I teach First Grade at a Christian school in Dallas, Texas. Each month the students learn a new hymn. This beautiful carol is December’s hymn of the month; the children know all three verses by heart. Tomorrow morning as we sing, I will look more deeply into the eyes of these precious six and seven year old children and remind them once again that the promised One came amid the cold of winter, piercing the darkness of the world and our hearts.

  4. Kim Crowther Manning

    Thank you, Wendy, my beautiful sister, who seems always to have the right words to share. And thank you, Dan, for finding the perfect time to share her words with your readers.

  5. Wendala: Thank you for reminding us all of the healing power and tranquility of nature. Like you, we can, each of us, slow down enough to receive her majesty and wonder every day…..or, just when we need some peace so desperately. Awesome, free, breathtaking beauty is all around us……….everywhere………everyday. We needed your winter rose!!!

  6. kindyjoan@aol.com

    You always inspire me, Wendy, with your photos and beautiful words. This is just what I needed today as I try to make sense of Friday’s tragedy. There is no making sense of it, is there? Your rose of love and peace will be with me in my heart now and always. I’ve always loved that hymn. Now it has special meaning. Thanks. Joan Kindy, December 17,2012

  7. Carol Rosetti

    My dear Wendy,
    Really just had a moment to really absorb your lovely message,
    You are very special,
    Carol R.