698. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower. ~Samuel Smiles

Finger-like ancient
flowers dating back to the
reign of Edward III

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Freckled are your tube-
like prettily colored bells
that look like a glove

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And are a lurking
place of the wee folk who clap
the fairy thunder

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Stately foxglove with
the lambs-tongue-leaves you thrill
the eye and heal hearts

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But beware to all
who know not you can kill a
man as well as heal

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Favorite of mine
are you in the garden but
grow you not in heat

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So it is that I
must find you early in the
year to grow in pots

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Where a favorite
of the buzzing bees and
my camera are you

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Because you see
I love your freckly poetry
of apostrophes

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My blogging friend, Bette Stevens, posted this week that April is national poetry month, and so I set out to write a series of haikus about a favorite flower of mine. I’m certainly no poet but I had fun trying to tell some of the lore about this flower in haiku fashion. Along with the verses are photos I’ve taken and others I found on Pinterest.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. ~Isaiah 40:8   ✝

34 thoughts on “698. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower. ~Samuel Smiles

    • How sweet of you, Marie, but I think perhaps one of my English teachers way back there might disagree.
      I like bloggist better that blogger too. Thank you so much for your kind and affirming comment, my friend. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤


    • Theresa, it’s just too hot here for them. By the time you sow the seed, even if they germinate that cannot
      grow enough roots to support those massive flowers before it gets too hot for them. So there’s a nursery in Dallas that I start visiting late in January when then get some in in pots. So I buy 8 or 10 and come back and put them in bigger pots and let them live in the greenhouse until it’s not freezing and then I put them on my patio. By then some if not all have got big enough to start up some blooms and I can get to enjoy the until they are spent. I love the so much that I just have to do this each year. Hugs and blessings, N 🙂 ❤

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      • I am so glad you told me this. I used to always look at them in flower books and in nursery catalogs. I was thinking about trying to grow one some time. It gets really hot here, too, and humid. They probably wouldn’t grow well here either. ❤ 🙂

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