I started a number of bulbs at the same approximate time and this is how they ended up on Monday when I took the photo:
It got me thinking about the whole nature/nurture thing and from there sprang "The Hyacinth Girls."
The Hyacinth Girls
The short one favors
a somber, Lenten purple
to match the stoic outlook
those of a compact
stature need to survive.
Another loves magenta,
an in-your-face, can't be
denied, color of joy
sure to turn heads.
And, that, she does.
The shy sister prefers a pale
powder pink. Barely noticeable,
but well aware of her worth,
one day she'll rename
her color, “Champagne.”
The tallest lays claim
to yellow. With their skin tones
none of the others can wear it.
She uses color as an artist
does, to make a point.
Different, yet the same, each
blossoms and grows, decorates,
intoxicates, and propagates
so that next year we'll
fall in love all over again.
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
Our friend, Linda, at Teacher Dance, is today's Poetry Friday host. Be sure to stop by!
Kudos to the gorgeous Hyacinth Girls (and to their cultivator)! I love the oh-so-true! unique idiosyncrasies you've captured among our sisters! My favorite two metaphors: "The shy sister...well aware of her worth, one day she'll rename her color, “Champagne.” "The tallest lays claim to yellow...uses color as an artist does, to make a point." Thank you for the beautiful Spring preview. God bless you!ReplyDelete
Many thanks, I had champagne on the brain this week. I created a collage around champagne, too!Delete
Beautiful - the flowers and the poem. I have four sisters of my own, so loved the lines: Different, yet the same, eachReplyDelete
blossoms and grows. Which appplies to sisters human or floral :)
You all got along?Delete
Love it, D. All of it... JetReplyDelete
Thanks, Janet! Has spring sprung in Corofin yet?Delete
Pure delight, Diane. Thanks for sharing the words and the blooms. Like CB, I'm taken with: 'one day she'll rename / her color, “Champagne.” 'ReplyDelete
So much more exotic than pale pink!Delete
I think I won't look at another hyacinth the same way after this, Diane. You have captured the personalities, and made us look again. I like that you took a "little thing" and made it big, and "the stoic outlookReplyDelete
those of a compact
stature need to survive." Perceptive it is!
It's funny, Linda, but I have two purple hyacinth on my windowsill right now and neither is taller than 3" while the other three colors are 8-10" high!Delete
What a fine family you've made! I bet they smell divine!ReplyDelete
Indeed they do. I walk in the front door and the air is heavily scented.Delete
Love this, Diane! Your girls are so pretty and your words even more so. Delightful. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jama. I still have a few more bulbs to start before I run out, but hopefully by time those bloom, spring will have arrived outside, too!Delete
So cute! Love the way their personalities match their colors and stature. Wish I could smell them. Few flowers smell as sweet - or maybe it's because we haven't seen or smelled the sweetness of flowers for the long winter that gives them that added beauty and aroma.ReplyDelete
No, their fragrance would stand out even in a garden full of roses!Delete
As Linda said, this poem will come to mind when I next see hyacinths - I'll be wondering personalities, Diane.ReplyDelete
One of the reason I like this batch of bulbs is that most of the tunics are purple, but the flowers that come from those bulbs are pale (almost white) pink, magenta, and purple. The white tunics ended up with white and yellow flowers. You never know what you're going to get--just like with children!Delete
Different yet same-bold magenta takes the lead in growth and beauty but remains part of the same family. How splendid, Diane.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Carol. Enjoy the rest of this lovely weekend!Delete
This is SO beautiful, Diane!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you like, Marion! Come back again, I'm always working on something!Delete
I'm loving how you personified these gorgeous gals, Diane. Especially the shy one. "...one day she'll renameReplyDelete
her color, “Champagne.” <— brilliant.