I highly recommend late blooming, for humans at any rate. I’m still amazed that i found my art form at seventy. Who would have guessed that such serendipity could occur during a pandemic, a fire, and such political upheaval? But it did, and I’m forever grateful.
Mary Delaney, born in 1700, found hers at seventy-two. She started making “paper mosaics” out of cut paper. She made 985 of them, and they’re now part of the British Museum collections. I keep bumping into her. First a friend loaned me Molly Peacock’s book The Paper Garden, and I had to get myself a copy. Two days ago I received a “fan letter” about Flowers for a Pandemic, on a note card featuring Cynoglossum omphalodes, or Omphalodes verna, also known as blue navelwort, hounds tongue, Creeping Forget-me-not.
A relative of this plant, Siberian Bugloss or Brunnera macrophylla, is featured in yesterday’s post. The flowers are small, and quite an intense blue, though the leaves are what I love about it. Here it is again.
And finally, on this morning’s walk, I rediscovered this Pacific Hound’s Tongue, which is also related to the other forget-me-nots or “don’t forget mes” . With plants, there is much to be said for early blooming. We’re fortunate to have something in flower year round.