Have you ever stopped to think what absolutely marvellous value the hellebore is in the garden? Now, as I type this, there are four spectacular ones all out at once, and all will seed freely around the garden. Then next year, as Vita Sackville-West says in "The Garden Book" - the seedlings will come up in all sorts of places, most of them in far more inspirational settings than the gardener would have thought to plant them.
I am short of time today - so here are the four photographs so that you can feast your eyes on the beautiful flowers.
Clockwise from the top left: Lenten rose; sylvestris; argutifolius; aquarius.