Alstroemeria Study – 8

Alstroemeria Study - 8

“We should not mind so small a flower —
Except it quiet bring
Our little garden that we lost
Back to the Lawn again.

So spicy her Carnations nod —
So drunken, reel her Bees —
So silver steal a hundred flutes
From out a hundred trees —

That whoso sees this little flower
By faith may clear behold
The Bobolinks around the throne
And Dandelions gold.”

We Should Not Mind So Small A Flower – Emily Dickinson

Mum Series – 16

Mum Series - 16
“Many people have never learned to see the beauty of flowers, especially those that grow unnoticed. For instance, when you walk outside and look down at your feet, you may see tiny flowers nestled in the moss and clover hiding under a curled fern. Most people just step on them. I paint them.”

Flowers – Erika Just

Peony – 17

Peony - 17
“The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富贵花 (fùguìhuā) “flower of riches and honour” or 花王 (huawang) “king of the flowers”, and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.”


Peony – 15

Peony - 15
“The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower”


Gerber – 15

Gerber - 15
“Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honour of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber († 1743) who travelled extensively in Russia and was a friend of Carolus Linnaeus.”


Scene On The Street – 4

Scene On The Street - 4
On a recent stroll through the neighborhood we stopped to admire one of the many gardens that line the street. There were a profusion of lilies dancing in the wind. Dancing so violently I was unable to make a picture. Then I spotted this lone flower in a seemingly untended corner. A shaft of sunlight illuminated the flower.