fumitory

Sep. 29th, 2017 01:18 pm
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] prettygoodword at fumitory
Theme week: flower fairies.


fumitory (FYOO-mi-tawr-ee, FYOO-mi-tohr-ee) - n., any of various Eurasian annual plants (genus Fumaria, esp. F. officinalis) having small, grey-green leaves and small, spurred, purplish flowers.


Also called fumewart and earthsmoke, the latter being a translation of the Latin-via-French name, fūmus, smoke + terrae, of the earth, apparently named after the color of the leaves.

Fumitory Fairy

Given me hundreds of years ago,
My name has a meaning you shall know:
It means, in the speech of the bygone folk,
“Smoke of the Earth”—a soft green smoke!

A wonderful plant to them I seemed;
Strange indeed were the dreams they dreamed,
Partly fancy and partly true,
About “Fumiter” and the way it grew.

Where men have ploughed or have dug the ground,
Still, with my rosy flowers, I’m found;
Known and prized by the bygone folk
As “Smoke of the Earth”—a soft green smoke!
—Cicely Mary Barker


---L.

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aconite

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:17 am
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] prettygoodword at aconite
aconite (AK-uh-nait) - n., any of about 250 plants, many of them poisonous, belonging to the genus Aconitum (in the buttercup family) having irregular flowers usually in loose clusters; any of around eight closely related plants of the genus Eranthis, more usually called winter aconite.


Also called monkshood, wolfsbane, leopardsbane, mousebane, women's bane, devil's helmet, queen of poisons, and blue rocket. Monkshood is especially applied to A. napellus, which was cultivated for medicinal purposes (and used very carefully because poisonous. Winter aconite is among the first flowers of spring where they grow. The word is from French aconit, from Latin aconītum, from Greek akonīton, the name of the plant, of uncertain origin.

Winter Aconite Fairy

Deep in the earth
I woke, I stirred.
I said: “Was that the Spring I heard?
For something called!”
“No, no,” they said;
“Go back to sleep. Go back to bed.

Up, up, I climbed,
“You’re far too soon;
The world’s too cold
For you, so small.” So I was told.
But how could I
Go back to sleep?
I could not wait; I had to peep!

And here am I.
How wide the earth! How great the sky!
O wintry world,
See me, awake!
Spring calls, and comes; ’tis no mistake.
—Cicely Mary Barker


---L.

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The Poppy Fairy

The green wheat's a-growing,
The lark sings on high;
In scarlet silk a-glowing,
Here stand I.

The wheat's turning yellow,
Ripening for sheaves;
I hear the little fellow
Who scares the bird-thieves.

Now the harvest's ended,
The wheat-field is bare;
But still, red and splendid,
I am there.

Flower Fairies of the Summer | Cicely Mary Barker.
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Quite a few of these rather interesting trees, blooming pinkish-purple, in our area (and not only in ours, the video is from Greece, I believe)
As you can see in the close-up photo, the flowers are right on the branches...

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(unless anybody here can read what it says, on the left-hand side?)

reposted from [livejournal.com profile] levkonoe--many thanks!
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“April 5, 1974″
Richard Wilbur

The air was soft, the ground still cold.
In the dull pasture where I strolled
Was something I could not believe.
Dead grass appeared to slide and heave,
Though still too frozen-flat to stir,
And rocks to twitch and all to blur.
What was this rippling of the land?
Was matter getting out of hand
And making free with natural law,
I stopped and blinked, and then I saw
A fact as eerie as a dream.
There was a subtle flood of steam
Moving upon the face of things.
It came from standing pools and springs
And what of snow was still around;
It came of winter’s giving ground
So that the freeze was coming out,
As when a set mind, blessed by doubt,
Relaxes into mother-wit.
Flowers, I said, will come of it.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] exceptindreams at April 5, 1974 | Richard Wilbur
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] levkonoe at Княгницкий Владимир.




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...Rather early this year...

Smile ;)

Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:13 am
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(Artwork by Millicent Sowerby)
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Lady’s Slipper (yellow)

MY lady she rose from her bower, her bower,
All under the linden tree.
'Twas midnight past, and the fairies' hour,
And up and away must she.
She's pulled on her slippers of golden yellow,
Her mantle of gossamer green;
And she's away to the elfin court,
To wait on the elfin queen.
Oh hone! my lady's slipper,
Oh hey! my lady's shoe.
She's lost its fellow, so golden yellow,
A-tripping it over the dew.And now she flitted, and now she stepped, / Through dells of the woodland deep... )
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(by Christopher Ryland)

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] levkonoe at Сhristopher Ryland
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Smile ;)

Jul. 14th, 2016 04:22 pm
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***
I used to love my garden,
But now my love is dead:
I found a Black-eyed Susan
In a bachelor's button's bed!

(Unknown)
~~

A bit of doggerel, I s'pose, but it amused me and I thought it might perhaps amuse you as well ;)
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On very diverse topics, and in no particular order:

A rare 'monkey orchid' is shown in Fukushima Aquarium in Japan

Science jokes

15 best books of 2015, from Brainpickings

Remembering Oliver Sacks, from Brainpickings

Left Turn No Turn Right Turn Stop, a short SH story by wordybirdy. ("Holmes learns to drive a dog-cart. London evacuates en masse.")

Watchers flock to Prospect Park in New York to see a rare bird

Here's the bird: a painted bunting:



The facts behind the most common misconceptions about space, from Science Alert

Is gratitude selfish?

How to properly use positive thinking (rather in line with what Zig Ziglar had said/written)

When "Queen Victoria" delivered a baby

([livejournal.com profile] browngirl--you must read this last one ;))
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(from FB page Amazing World of Animals and Nature)
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] levkonoe at Не могу не захватить такое: John Sloane. И весна, и печка винтажная, и кот!



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