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Flowery May

May 24, 2014

May is such a flowery month that I thought I would share some of my seasonal flowery limericks:

Foxgloves on Lane to Strete Gate

Foxglove (Digitalis)

A popular purple delight,
Whose blooms are occasionally white,
The foxglove can kill
Or, at least, make you ill,
Yet disease digitalis may fight.

dandelions © Celia Warren 2013

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The ubiquitous dandelion spreads
Its delicate seeds to new beds.
At first yellow and bright,
It turns white overnight,
Then goes bald, with the smallest of heads.

Plantain

Plantain (Plantago major)

Once part of a young children’s game,
From a distance it seems rather tame,
But look closely — you’ll see
Frail, white stamens, so wee:
Pretty plantain, to shoot it’s a shame.         All poems &  pictures © Celia Warren 2014

When we were children we would pick plantain, twist and squeeze the stem around itself, pull sharply, and fire off the flower-head like a bullet from a gun. It was only a weed; we didn’t think twice. Now that I look closely at that delicate mist of stamens around the flower head, it seems like sacrilege to spoil this little flower and turn it into ammunition.

 

 

 

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