Hellebore

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Do you know that feeling that everything you touch has multiple layers of richness underlying the first impression?

Mary introduced me to Hellebore during a walk years ago in Dragash. Here is one on the hill directly behind the house in Runjeva.

The Greeks wrote of them and used their poison. The Victorians collected them and bred light with light and selected the lightest, dark with dark and selected the darkest – to make colours and variety. Somehow I like the plain natural green.

They have a role in medicine. They spread around the world. Their cells know how to flatten in the cold and go rigid in the warmth. They are a sign of spring.

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