|A short report on the 2006 tour ―Will Mclewin
Looking back on this, the third, hellebore tour several aspects seem to me almost miraculous. Six days before I met the tour party at Pecs I was in hospital having an operation under a general anaesthetic to clean and repair a bad wound in my left leg after an accident with an angle-grinder machine(my fault, I was not careful enough). The day I arrived in Hungary it was cold and windy and at the hellebore sites near Budapest there were no plants to be seen. For the four days when we looked at hellebores the weather was wonderful-sunny and calm and ideal for picnics. By the time we returned to Budapest some hellebores had emerged. The day the tour party left Hungary it rained most of the day and was cold. Also, although the itinerary and the travelling were a bit awkward because of the locations of the different sites everything seemed to work out well.
I was particularly pleased that Helleborus croaticus at Slatina in Croatia was in perfect condition because this is an extremely rare species and few people have seen it.
So, it was good to see my friends again and to share their enthusiasm for hellebores and I will look forward to 2008, possibly in Italy.