4 March 2009

Late winter walk with hellebores

Thirteen of us set out today for a four hour walk round the woods on a cold, bright afternoon.

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The excitement was all too  much for the little dog.

There were a few early flowers out: primroses, barren strawberry, one wood anemone.

A highlight was the green hellebore (Helleborus viridis), now at its best.  Their colour has a great intensity as I imagine Robin Hood's Lincoln green must have been.

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The plant reminds me of a rule-breaking section from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh:

                                                  the walls
     Were green, the carpet was pure green, the straight
     Small bed was curtained greenly, and the folds
     Hung green about the window, which let in
     The out-door world with all its greenery.

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