Daily Flower Candy: Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus)

The groundflame of the crocus breaks the mould, Fair Spring slides hither o’er the Southern sea, Wavers on her thin stem the snowdrop cold That trembles not to kisses of the bee: Come Spring, for now from all the dripping eaves The spear of ice has wept itself away, And hour by hour unfolding woodbine […]

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Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

In his famous poem “In Memoriam”, Lord Alfred Tennyson included the verse: Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. As 2015 dawns who knows what Tennyson’s hoped for ‘truth’ might look like, but […]

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A Bit of Fluff

“She can’t be unhappy,” you said, “The smiles are like stars in her eyes, And her laugh is thistledown Around her low replies.” “Is she unhappy?” you said — But who has ever known Another’s heartbreak — All he can know is his own; And she seems hushed to me, As hushed as though Her […]

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Ten Thousand Flowers

Today I am celebrating the ten thousandth visit to The Frustrated Gardener. I can’t quite believe we’ve made it this far. Thank you for dropping by, ten thousand times! In honour of this milestone, I thought I’d share this lovely poem, written by Wu Men (1183 – 1260) and translated from Chinese by Stephen Mitchell. […]

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