Corncockle

deadly corncockle flashing among stalks of corn a rare magenta wild beauty in the garden spikes bitter bread of harvest Kim M. Russell, 30th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1736 Corncockle (Agrostemma githago) In the last episode of this month of wildflowers, today’s flower is the corncockle or Agrostemma githago, a slender pink […]

Columbine

pretty columbines infused with lions’ courage dove wings dipped in sky Kim M. Russell, 20th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1728 Columbine A new episode brings a different wildflower to add to our bouquet; this time it’s columbine (aquilegia). Apparently, when seen from the base, its petals look like five doves in a […]

Milkweed

Monarch on milkweed haunting mist by the roadside a pillow of floss Kim M. Russell, 19th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1727 Milkweed At the start of a new week of wildflowers, we have milkweed. I was interested to read that, during World War II, milkweed floss was collected in the United States […]

Past Peonies

Grandfather’s garden I pick peony petals fading on dry soil Grandfather’s garden haven of childhood summers no clouds in the sky I pick peony petals silky frills of deep cerise my secret friends fading on dry soil distant memories and tears his watering can Kim M. Russell, 16th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem […]