Today has been a pretty rubbish day - I stupidly let myself go too long between my vitamin B12 injections and today I have had the intellect of a donut and the energy of a slug.
I only mention this to explain the absense of a photograph here - if you click the red cross you do get a beautiful photograph of hellebores floating in a black square bowl. (@GrahamRice/GardenPhotos.com). This is the first time that I have tried to upload an image from the web - hmmmmm.
I have begun to miss plants - there is absolutely nothing in our garden at the moment - the need to concentrate on growing things to sell means that all our cultivated ground is given over to things that flower March till October.
So when I saw this bowl of hellebores on Graham Rice's site http://www.transatlanticplantsman.com I immediately ran out to see whether any of our hellebores are showing signs of life - well the corsican hellebores are up but looking sad in the frost but there are no signs at all of the beautiful orientals.
They will arrive - the beauties in the photo have been coddled into bloom at Pine Knot Farms - and when they do I shall find a shiny black bowl and recreate this display on my table.