We have had hellebores (Christmas Roses) in bloom in the garden since the middle of December. Last Wednesday we gave a small dinner party for three friends and Ann wanted to make a floral table centre using flowers from the garden. The problem with hellebore is that they are modest flowers which hang their heads humbly so that the faces cannot be seen. Ann gets over this by cutting off the flowers leaving about a third of an inch of stalk, and then floating the flowers (face up) in a bowl, see the two illustrations. The flowers can be arranged on the surface of the water (they'll float). They will last like this for three or four days, and make really attractive and unusual table decorations, as I think you'll agree.
P.s. The glass bowl shown is about six inches in diameter.