Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flower Chorus

by Ralph Waldo Emerson    

O such a commotion under the ground,
When March called, "Ho, there! ho!"
Such spreading of rootlets far and wide,
Such whisperings to and fro!
(Now, before we finish this poem and post, you probably noticed that since we are no longer in March, but in the next "M" month... we'll alter the poem in our minds and substitute "May!")


This first one is a newbie in my "Way Back" yard!!  I threw out a few seeds last Fall.  :-)
The one on the right is Arisaema sikokianum - Japanese in origin - a gift from former blogger "Iowa Boy."

 "Are you ready?" the Snowdrop asked,
" 'Tis time to start, you know."
"Almost, my dear!" the Scilla replied,
"I'll follow as soon as you go."

 This year's photo of my most interesting trillium.  Follow the link to see last year's post on this anomoly!  This year there are two "buddies" with three leaves and three petals each, and there's a baby on the ground.  :-)

 Then "Ha! ha! ha!" a chorus came
Of laughter sweet and low
From millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.

 Epimedium 'Lilofee'

 "I'll promise my blossoms," the Crocus said,
"When I hear the blackbird sing,"
And streaight thereafter Narcissus cried,
"My silver and fold I'll bring."


 "And ere they are dulled," another spoke,
"The Hyacinth bells shall ring."
But the Violet only murmured, "I'm here,"
And sweet grew the air of spring.

Bleeding Heart

                  White Bleeding Heart                                 Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart

 Then "Ha! ha! ha!" a chorus came
Of laughter sweet and low,
From millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow,
(Renegade Allium and hybrid Columbine that have escaped into the walkway 
from their designated spaces!)

And well may they cheerily laugh "Ha! ha!" 
In laughter sweet and low,
The millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.



That really is an interesting trillium. But to tell you the truth I'm still back at the beginning where you mention tossing Jack in the Pulpit seed out last year and voila, a cool blooming plant! You rock!

troutbirder said...

Cleverly arranged words and photos. Very nice, Shady. Now here the days of cold and drizzle have delayed everything but I keep hope to see more blooms...;)

Shady Gardener said...

Grace, "Tah Dah" doesn't always happen, does it? However, after this extremely long, cold winter and cold spring weather... "Tah Dah" is extremely appreciated! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Troutbirder, I recently presented a little "conversation" to a group of ladies on the subject of gardening. One of our major words was "Hope!" It's one of the words that keeps us gardening!

Rose said...

Love this poem! I'd never read it before, but what a perfect way to describe the way spring bursts forth in flowers. Looks like the chorus is in full voice in your garden!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, Rose! I am positive your gardens are blooming wonderfully! I apologize for not visiting I. A long time. Hugs!