Walking south on Colombo Street I spied this pretty mural with nasturtiums. The name on it is Filigree, which is a jewellery maufacturer at 447 Colombo Street.
“The sign to advertise their shop
was bound to make this writer stop.”
My oriental lilies have several large flowers, but so far, almost no scent. In previous years their scent has been strong, and very noticeable as you walk by. Their stamens are definitely intact, so what can have stifled their scent? I planted them in 1998, does their scent diminish with age? Someone suggested to me it might be because they lack water. They’ve not had a great deal, but it would be as much as in previous years.
“My lilies all have lost their scent
and I wonder just where it went?”
Bees are enjoying our flowers on these warm sunny days.
Sadly the bees we adopted didn’t survive their first winter, but there are obviously hives in the area and lots of bees foraging in our garden. I appreciate that they provide a pollination service.
“The flowers’ bright colours and perfume
make bees fly round from bloom to bloom.”
The gladioli are in flower. I have them planted outside the fence where they make a good show.
The name gladiolus comes from the Latin gladius meaning sword, because the stem is similar to a sword blade. They are considered to be symbol of friendship, loyalty, memory, and nobility, because of a legend where Thracian soldiers refused to become gladiators and kill each other. Instead they stuck their swords in the ground and rushed to hug each other.
Gladioli are thought to be the ‘lilies of the field’ that Jesus referred to in the Sermon on the Mount, because they grew wild and abundantly in the Holy Land
“This is a tall and stately flower
which could complement any bower.”
The first sweet pea has flowered a month earlier than last year, with more buds poised to open.
Last year I grew sweet peas for the first time for many years. After the flowers died I planted the pea pods in several different areas, and am delighted they have come up again.
I’ve read that the sweet pea symbolises blissful pleasure, including pleasurable departure after having a good time. Certainly these sweet smelling flowers give a great deal of pleasure. This one’s growing outside the fence, so perhaps passers by will have a good time smelling them.
“The sweet pea has a blissful scent
to make a passer by content.”
The cherry blossom’s out in Harper Avenue, always a joyful sign of spring.
I couldn’t resist crossing the road to enjoy the daffodils too.
When people are crossing, the traffic lights stop the cars to let pedestrians and cyclists through – just as it should be.
“The cherry blossom is superb
with daffodils beside the kerb.”
The bluebells are out. Hooray! This really feels like spring.
Bluebells are symbolic of humility and gratitude. They are called harebells in Scotland because it was believed that witches turned into hares and hid among the flowers. Any witch or hare who needs refuge is welcome to hide among my bluebells.
“I’m happy if a witch or hare
should choose to find their refuge there.”