Thursday, 25 April 2013

A-Z Challenge 2013 - 'V' - Violas



My A-Z posts this year are based on my garden – flowers, animals, the birds and the bees, butterflies - with a bit of poetry thrown in. For some letters I am expecting to cheat somewhat –wishing they were here.

V – Violas, Veronica, Vulture, Violets

It may seem strange to start with a snow scene, but there is a very good reason for this.
 
November snow
Six months later that bump in the middle had developed into this.
 
Violas (Johnny Jump-ups)
A little poem from the 1800's about Johnny Jump-ups.
Little Johnny Jump-up said,
"It must be Spring
I just saw a ladybug
And heard a robin sing."

It may show my age but one of the earliest film actresses I knew was Veronica Lake so I just had to include these flowers.

Veronica
Next I want to include some wild flowers which are common in a local wood; we even have one or two.

Violets
 I know a bank whereon the wild thyme grows
Where oxlips and the nodding violets grow. (Oberon)

 And finally for V, a bird I see regularly in the Michigan sky.

Turkey Vulture
The bird of the blood
hangs from the sun
on a rack of bones.

Poems:
  • Johnny Jump-ups – Edwina Fallis
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare.
  • Turkey Vulture – David Chorlton
Photo:
  • Wild violets - Anne Burgess; Geograph Project Collection - CC BY-SA 2.0

3 comments:

aw said...

Never heard the term Johnny Jump-ups for violas, Bob, but they do seem able to withstand the harshest weather and still come smiling through when things warm up so very apt. We are having a good tour of your garden with this challenge.
Ann

Jo said...

You taught me something new, I was familiar with Johnny Jump Ups, friend in NC had them all over her yard and we ended up getting quite a few in ours. Didn't know they were called Violas in England. I love African Violets, nearly always have one indoors. Never seen a vulture though.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. great V post - love the snow and then the violas showing off with pride ... Violets are lovely aren't they ...

Cheers Hilary