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.
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.
Next I want to include some wild flowers which are common in a local wood; we even have one or two.
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.
The bird of the blood
hangs from the sun
on a rack of bones.
- Johnny Jump-ups – Edwina Fallis
- Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare.
- Turkey Vulture – David Chorlton
- Wild violets - Anne Burgess; Geograph Project Collection - CC BY-SA 2.0