Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A blur of color in the wind *

Today was the first day of Spring, and things are certainly starting to move in our little garden!

On the weekend I was delighted to find that this slightly sinister, yet mysterious and beautiful, bloom had emerged overnight from its green cowl ....

I don't know what it is .... any suggestions?

I also found this spring-themed poem, by Christine Klocek-Lim, called 'First Crocus':

This morning, flowers cracked open
the earth’s brown shell. Spring
leaves spilled everywhere
though winter’s stern hand
could come down again at any moment
to break the delicate yolk
of a new bloom.

The crocus don’t see this as they chatter
beneath a cheerful petal of spring sky.
They ignore the air’s brisk arm
as they peer at their fresh stems, step
on the leftover fragments
of old leaves.

When the night wind twists them to pieces,
they will die like this: laughing,
tossing their brilliant heads
in the bitter air.

* Today's post title is from the poem 'The Flower Garden' by Wayne Jarus


Tania said...

Oooh. Gorgeous poem. Makes me half want to be a crocus too.

PS. Hearty congratulations on the house sale!

Juddie said...

Thank you Tania - very sweet of you!

Altissima said...

I reckon your mysterious purple flower is a type of Araceae. Maybe one of these ?
Lemme know if you make a definite identification

Altissima said...

Detective Kirky reporting for duty.
I present: dragon arum
Waddya reckon?

Joan Elizabeth said...

I've never seen anything like that floer. It's amazing.

Punky's Mamma said...

That flower is beautiful... I'm not usually "into" flowers, but wow... I want one of those!

You'll have to let us know when you find out for sure what it is!

Sarah said...

Wow, that flower's beautiful. Looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

Juddie said...

Hmmmm, thanks K...

I'm sure it's some sort of Arum (definitely in the Araceae family), but I don't think it's a Dragon Arum, as the foliage is different and the flower (well, bract) unfolded downward immediately rather than being held aloft. It also doesn't have the wavy edge that seems to be common to the Dragon Arums (Ari?). Then again, it could just be a slightly different cultivar. Good sleuthing, sister!

Juddie said...

oooooh! Just looking again at some info about Arums. I'd like it to be a Dranunculus vulgaris, 'cause they're commonly known as the 'Voodoo Lily'.

Has a kind of retro/tiki ring to it!

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