shades of summer

pink geraniums

Everywhere you go in the UK at this time of year, there are geraniums and pelargoniums of all shades blooming in tubs and window boxes, in the middle of roundabouts and in other public spaces and gardens.

Most seem to be the sort with pom-pom cluster flowers like old-fashioned floral bathing caps.

salmon pink geraniums

But there are also plenty of the stragglier ones, too, that are every bit as bright as their cousins.

geraniums and pelargoniums

It was just this kind of floral display that made me envisage a busy, brash and careless conversation between flowers years ago:

The Language of Flowers



Nineteen to the dozen, geraniums

gossip brightly,
 leaning from their window boxes

to get a better view.
 Pansies nod
and smile, exchanging
 pleasantries
with passersby.
 Shocking pink petunias

shout aloud, while pompom marigolds,

in shades of summer, shine

like a myriad cartoon suns.

red and pink geraniums

Last year, when I bought a tray of what I thought were mixed geraniums, they all turned out white. I thought I’d just buy some more this year, but as most of them weathered the winter quite well and they are all in full bloom now, it seems a waste of money to think of replacing them.

white geranium

So in my yard, it’s not cartoon suns I’m seeing but cartoon clouds and sheep.

cartoon sheep with moving eyes gif

Much as I’d like to have more colour in the yard, I couldn’t really have done that with pink geraniums.

pink geranium

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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