Friday, May 30, 2008

May in My Garden, 2

a dream of white crinolines
in a lush ballroom
the violets are lively pages
or maybe skittish maids of honour


Sarah Hina said...

What a lovely metaphor, Vesper. I love these garden fantasies. And yes, those violets look so pretty, if a little demure around the showier bride. :)

Thanks for sharing! I was starting to feel spring slipping away...

Chandni said...

wonderfully woven words! I've added you on my blogroll :)

Anonymous said...

Very evocative verses.

What a gorgeous time of year!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! :)

SzélsőFa said...

Lovely imaginery, Vesper.
I wonder if violets and lilacs bloom at the same time where you live?
Here, violets preceed lilacs with at least 4-5 weeks.
Nice photos, too.

Lisa said...

So beautiful!

"a dream of while crinolines" will stay in my mind today...

I haven't seen violets in such a long time -- I suspect they must not grow here in Colorado, but they were everywhere in New England where I grew up...

Vesper said...

Thank you, Sarah. Spring is late here in Canada so we somehow get the illusion that it lasts longer if everybody else is past it already. But the bitter reality is that we have six months of winter... :-)

Thank you, Chandni, and thank you again! :-) You are a step ahead of me because I too intended to add you to my blogroll.

Jason, thank you! It is indeed. :-)

Thank you, Paul! :-)

Thank you, Szelsofa! Yes, they do bloom at the same time, also tulips, lily of the valley... :-)

Lisa, thank you! We've had one or two violets a few years ago, and now they've spread. I wouldn't mind if they were everywhere. :-)

SzélsőFa said...

All these 4 flowers bloom at the same time? Oh.
Here, violets start around mid March, second come the tulips between late March to mid-April, and they usually disappear whene lilacs bloom around late April to early May. Lilies of the valley bloom mid May. Isn't it fascinating?
I know, I know it's sheer botanics and climatics and whatnot, but I still find it interesting.

Mainly b/c the perception of the color and fragnance of violets is attached to the onset of spring, whereas lilac suggests the height of spring.

I've already suprised Jason with the fact that 'lila' is a Hungarian word that means 'purple' and the 'c' at the end of 'lilac' could just as well be the sign of plural, which is 'k' in Hungarian.
So lilák, a Hungarian word means 'lots of purple (things)'.
What do you make of it?

Taffiny said...

looks like a ground cover of violets (do you think it would work as such?), I am looking for a good flowering ground cover, I shall have to see if my nurseries carry such lovelies.

I am imagining wearing a dress of white flowers, that swishes and sways, and flutters in the wind. Not plucked flowers, not pulled, somehow alive, and after one goes about prancing and dancing in it, to some sort of fairy ball, one sets the flowers back in their place, to fill another dawn with beauty and grace.
Now I see swans lifting from the water, and it is they not I, who wear the gowns of flowers to the fairy balls, and disguise themselves as lovely ladies (perhaps they long to know what it is like to be kissed, or to dance? I think it would feel like the gliding they do on water). (or of course it could be a spell or enchanment, and they really are ladies, that sort of spell has happened to people before). And then after the dance is over, they lay down the flowers gowns, and the flowers take root back in the ground, and the ladies transform back into swans, and glide across the dark moonlit lake. (the cool water feels good on their feet after dancing in shoes all night long) (now what flower are the shoes formed from?)

Oh dear, obviously it is my bedtime, as now I am dreaming on the page (or on your blog rather), best I be of to bed proper. Thank you for the sweet dream.

Taffiny said...

I mean
off to bed, not of to bed :)

Emperor Ropi said...

Nice pictures.

Bernita said...

An elegance of flowers.

Vesper said...

I apologise for the late answers...

Szelsofa, they do bloom at the same time. I suppose they're all in a hurry after such a long winter... :-)
I've always found etymology fascinating. In a way it's not surprising how similar all languages are.

Taffiny, I thank you for letting me dream with you. Sweet indeed... :-)

Thanks, Ropi! :-)

True, Bernita.