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The first time I found a piece of Portmeirion “Botanic Garden” in a thrift store, I fell in love with it. The details of the flowers, the wonderful (almost creepy) quality of the insects (moths, butterflies, wasps, bees, beetles), combined to create a really mesmerizing design.

Today I found this 13.25-inch round platter or chop plate, commemorating 20 years of Botanic Garden — which I think means it was made about 1992, as all the Botanic Garden pieces have the year 1972! Best of all, it features Helleborus Niger, one of my favorite perennials. Hellebores, aka Christmas Roses. The earliest plant that’s not a bulb to bloom in my garden–often in full bloom by March.