Friday, December 11, 2009

Gladiolus: Strength of Character

The past few times I was at a particular store, I have been tempted to buy a package or two of bulbs that promise beautiful crops of Gladioli in spring and summer. We planted them a few years ago, but the rabbits loved them so much and munched on the tender shoots that hardly a bloom got a chance to show off its beauty. I would like to try again but am not sure I care to supply those rabbits with expensive gourmet treats!!!

The bulb packages reminded me of the painting above that I did some time ago as a still life exercise that called for quick contour sketch with a pen and literally splashing some paint on. It was great way to just get down to draw and paint and leave hesitation and indecisiveness aside.

And below is a poem "Gladiolus: Strength of Character " by Emily Dickinson who as a gardener knew her flowers well.

We never know how high we are
until we are asked to rise
and then if are true to plan
our statures touch the skies --
The heroism we recite
would be a common thing
Did not ourselves the cubits warp
for fear to be king.

4 comments:

Kathy Staicer said...

Your gladiolus are great too look at just like the real ones.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Oh, Meera, it is so yummy!!!!!

meera said...

Thank you, Kathy!

meera said...

Tina, Thank you for taking the time to visit when you were still under the weather-- and I hope you are well now.

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