The thought of bloom

“Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom…” – E.B. White

After a bad last year for Hepaticas, and the unexpected collapse of H. nobilis var. japonica this spring, there is joy in seeing the first Hepatica americana starting to bloom.

Hepatica americana flowering

Hepatica americana flowering – with the blooms there comes the thought of seeds

Thoughts of bloom & seeds are also extended to Corydalis nobilis, Corydalis solida – purple and red and many, many more to come…


Quote from a lovely E.B. White poem to his wife:

To My American Gardener, With Love

Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom,
The seedbed is the restless mind itself.
Not sun, not soil alone can bring to border
This rush of beauty and this sense of order.
Flowers respond to something in the gardener’s face
Some secret in the heart, some special grace.
Yours were the rains that made the roses grow,
And that is why I love your garden so.

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    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Hence my fascination with it! The poem speaks to all with ‘secrets in their hearts’ ;)

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