24 Replies to “Spiky Flowers Or Foliage”

  1. Oh these are gorgeous, what a stunning way to end and how lovely to dedicate it to your mum. Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. The yellow one looks like it’s growing upside down (like it should be yellow on top and green at the bottom). Sorry I’m stupid, I know nothing about flowers.

    1. I always think back to us being given small bunches of daffodils to take home to our mums from Sunday School. I don’t know if it was just once but it’s a very vivid memory.

  3. Thank you for coming by Susan – definitely spiky:) I love especially the 2 bottom flowers! Was reading your About and I love poetry too, but since my first language is Dutch, it is still difficult at times to express myself in a poem (although I loved doing this in Dutch), or, even more basic, to grasp someone else’s poetry.

    1. Lovely to see you here. I suspect meaning is something we all grasp towards rather than master, even in prose or in our own languages. I’m re-reading some of Shakespeare’s plays this year and am glad of the textual notes to tease out some of the knots in his language, even when it’s clear how much the experts disagree on the meaning or the text itself. I can never imagine reading Shakespeare in translation, but I’m sure people who can read other great poets in the original language would think the same. Luckily, we don’t have to master every detail to get pleasure from reading.

  4. Fritillaria became available in local retain nurseries only recently. It had been something that could only be obtained by mail order. I have not tried it yet.

      1. Tulips are commonly available here too, even though they do not get enough chill to bloom after their first year. People continue to purchase them. It is hard to say why some things become popular, while others that do quite well here are not available. I suppose I would grow tulips, even knowing that they will bloom only once. However, I would be more inclined to try fritillara, just because I do not know that it won’t do well. There is the possibility, and perhaps even likelihood, that it would do much better than tulip.

  5. As a usual thing, I dislike any flower that makes me stand on my head to get a good look at it, but this last spiky specimen made itself an exception. I’m so glad Linda above asked about it! I love its name — “fritillaria” seems to fit its appearance. Is that cyclamen or begonia next door to it? It is gorgeous. I also appreciated the exchange between you and Junieper2; yesterday, in honor of Poetry Month and in my never-ending quest to figure out what poetry is, I checked out some books at the library. I don’t know if they will help, but your exchange above did help in that I find it reassuring that I’m not the only one scratching my head over poetry.

    1. Yes, the neighbouring plant to the frivolous fritillary is a cyclamen. Its fringed petals are quite unusual. I considered reading a lengthy tract on poetry by Hegel yesterday, then thought ‘nah, don’t think so!’

      1. I tried to reply to this yesterday but couldn’t. Try, try again, yes? There is indeed a frivolity in the fritillary, and I can barely type that because I can’t SAY it!

        I commend you for even thinking about a treatise by Hegel; I would have no such ambition. Besides, you are keeping company with Shakespeare; surely you can write your own treatise!

        1. I find almost all my to-read-laters are things I do not fancy reading, when push comes to shove.

          Reading Shakespeare prompts many more questions than answers.

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