SUMMER WHITES

While driving through a shaded woodland dale along a familiar country road I spied the most glorious span of white flowers.  For years I wondered the name and origin of this tiny blooms that seemed so long forgotten in modern landscapes.  Stopping the car, I stepped out and quickly gathered a bundle of stems to include in this fresh arrangement of peonies and summer whites.  

 After consulting google, I discovered the flower's name to be cow parsley.  Until recently, this meadow plant was ignored as too common or unexciting to warrant a florist's attention.  Its modesty now complements the integrity of this pewter vase filled with cow parsley, fleabane daisy and white peonies.  The textures and shapes blend in understated ways to create a mood of rural simplicity, while the contrasting shapes add stunning depth to the piece. 

In my search to identify cow parsley, I stumbled upon this poetry that speaks to the beauty of nature, young love, and the longevity of botanicals from the past.


SILENT NOON

"Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, - 
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms: 
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms 
'Neath billowing skies that scatter and amass. 
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass, 
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge 
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge. 
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.

Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly 
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky: - 
So this wing'd hour is dropt to us from above. 
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower, 
This close-companioned inarticulate hour 
When twofold silence was the song of love."

- Dante Gabriel Rossetti -

English poet, illustrator, painter and translator.

(1828-1882)


Fresh wildflowers remind us of restful environments, bring them indoors to create a calming space in your home.

Sally