This time of year the helebores are in flower but they do like to hide their pretty faces and stare at the ground. So at Easter I pick some and float them in a bowl of water so their beauty is revealed, then they make a tasteful centrepiece to the dinner table. I saw this idea in one of those so-called "life-style" magazines. You will observe that I have positioned the bowl at the very edge of the kitchen worktop so it is in danger of being upset. I think I shall just go and move the flowers now, as I too get upset when things get broken.