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Ah! Sun-flower Weary of Time
Sunday, August 24, 2014



Ah! Sun-flower
By William Blake

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,

Who countest the steps of the Sun:

Seeking after that sweet golden clime

Where the travellers journey is done.



Where the Youth pined away with desire,

And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:

Arise from their graves and aspire,

Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.






Flowers induce emotions for me. Irises and zantedeschias (calla lilies) heap nostalgia in my soul as I remember my mother’s Buenos Aires garden of the 40s. Roses are more complex as I must associate them with scent and their history. Few of my roses have no scent. Scent makes them complicated, elegant and mysterious. On the other hand in spite of her great beauty I cannot feel much for my Rosa ‘Gruss an Aachen’. How can I feel for a rose with a name you have to spit out?

My Rosemary’s favourite aconitums with their deep dark blue almost leave me cold. I know they are poisonous. They leave me cold in the same way a remote and icy blue woman might affect me if I never get to meet her and prove that first impression wrong. Aconitum bloom in late summer. They remind me of the winter to come.

But when I see a Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower I have to smile. I don’t think any other flower in my garden can make me smile.



My adventure with sunflowers began somewhere between Madrid and Málaga on a day of 45 degrees Celsius in 1985. Rosemary, our two teenage daughters Ale and Hilary and I were driving a rented Renault. Its air conditioner at full blast did not give us relief. When I saw the vast fields of sunflowers (obviously to make oil) I had to stop. I remember telling Ale, 16 or 17, to get out of the car for a snap. She complained. But she did pose and even managed a smile.




Since then a sunflower brightens up my moment and sometimes even the day.

Our sunflowers come from Ale’s Lillooet garden. In spring she brings many of them in pots and we dig them into the back lane where we have the most sun.

I smile and when I remember Ale somewhere on our way to Málaga I sometimes laugh, too. 

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