Few words here. Just a record of this Christmas’ unseasonal flowers which seem to match the sentiments of the first verse read, snuggled up on Christmas morning, once the paperback was retrieved from the stockinged toe and fell open at page 35….
Gather ye Rose buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a flying:
And this same flower that smiles to day,
Tomorrow will be dying.
Some hangers on, but many winter stalwarts – snowdrops, especially Galanthus ‘Mrs Macnamara’ (originating from Dylan Thomas’ mother-in-law’s garden) emerging just in time for a second blooming in the bard’s centenary year, and at least 3 weeks earlier than ever before along with the other personally monikered Hamamelis ‘Robert’ and Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, which sometimes don’t flower until late February with us! And Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ has indeed done just that, for the first time ever – I found an image of it in flower on my blog from March 23rd 2011.
The opening verse is from the poem by Robert Herrick (1591-1674 – “To the Virgins, To make much of Time”, from an anthology – The Nation’s Favourite Love Poems published by BBC Books in 1997).
Finally I must recommend an exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, still on until mid January for anyone who can make it, of paintings by the artist and author Jackie Morris who lives in Pembrokeshire. It includes most of the paintings from her gorgeous illustrated book ” The Song of the Golden Hare”.
We were fortunate to meet Jackie, and obtain a beautifully signed copy of her book. But do read by clicking here of the amazing synchronicities surrounding its’ creation, and get a feel for the charm of Jackie’s work. I persuaded a fellow outlaw to read this web page about the genesis of the ‘Golden Hare’ in advance of Diana’s birthday supper just before Christmas. Later, with drinks, Fiona’s Shropshire based sister presented a small gift to Diana.
Unwrapped, it was revealed.
Happy New Year.