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Double Edged Sword

I've been meaning to photograph these delicate Japanese anemone for weeks, but life got busy and they shed their petals. They've reached nearly a metre tall in my front garden, putting on a display for months. Today they looked otherworldly in the surprise October sunshine and I couldn't resist them.

They are quite contrary; named Japanese but actually Chinese, both medicinal and poisonous. Anemone can apparently be used to calm you during panic attacks but today my eyes were itching all afternoon after handling them. A botanical double edged sword.

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