Winter would stay its stress?Tuesday, December 04, 2018
|Chrysanthemum x grandiflorum 'Pelee', December 4 2018|
All the flowers and plants I have scanned from my garden all these years I have proudly considered that they were indeed from my garden. I sometimes state that my roses, especially, communicate with me to inform me that the critical moment has arrived for me to go after them with secateurs and to scan them.
But here you see an exception. My Rosemary at this time of the year manages to find reasons to go to garden centres. This we did. I was struck by this Chrysanthemum x grandiflorum 'Pelee' when I saw it and I told Rosemary, “We must buy it so that I can scan it.”
It was not expensive at $12. It is definitely (at this time of the year) an indoor plant. Some who read this might know that the chrysanthemum is the symbol of Japan and that its inhabitants call their kingdom (which it is) the Chrysanthemum Throne.
In these dark days of early December it is somewhat pleasing to see all this white in this lovely flower.
The Last Chrysanthemum – Thomas Hardy
Why should this flower delay so long
To show its tremulous plumes?
Now is the time of plaintive robin-song,
When flowers are in their tombs.
Through the slow summer, when the sun
Called to each frond and whorl
That all he could for flowers was being done,
Why did it not uncurl?
It must have felt that fervid call
Although it took no heed,
Waking but now, when leaves like corpses fall,
And saps all retrocede.
Too late its beauty, lonely thing,
The season's shine is spent,
Nothing remains for it but shivering
In tempests turbulent.
Had it a reason for delay,
Dreaming in witlessness
That for a bloom so delicately gay
Winter would stay its stress?
- I talk as if the thing were born
With sense to work its mind;
Yet it is but one mask of many worn
By the Great Face behind.