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The harebell, or bluebell of Scotland as my flower books repeatedly tell me, is one of my very favourite flowers.

These ones, photographed this evening in the orchard, are not quite like other harebells I’ve known. They’re more elongated and delicate, and a little paler, but still extremely harebell-like.

I’m a great fan of common names for flowers as opposed to scientific names. They’re vague enough for you to be right without necessarily being quite right.

They allow you to ‘possess’ a plant without sticking a pin through its heart.

The Italian language is often vague like that.

Perhaps there’s a little bit of Italian blood in me that I never knew about.

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