Polly

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Acid Velvet

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Nicotiana Alata 'Lime Green' acknowledgement to crocus.co.uk

Nicotiana Alata ‘Lime Green’ acknowledgement to crocus.co.uk

Acid Velvet

Strolling the paths
of my very first flower show,
gravelled with Nicotiana alata,
zesty lime masses soft in the sun.
Salver-shaped, fresh green leaves
wave in the breeze, utter
in the border,
inflorescent cluster of flora,
tobacco panicles
of a younger summer.
Acid velvet trumpets throw
a twilight scent beloved
of city and courtyard,
pour out fragrance for fluttering moths
in cottage gardens.
And I, at my first flower show
fall in love with Solanaceae
for life.

Polly Stretton ยฉ 2014

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22 thoughts on “Acid Velvet

  1. This is beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. You’ve got to love flowers. Good one!

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    • …and I do. Something took me back many years to that first flower show and the impact that the lime green tobacco plant made on me at that time – they’re so beautiful, graceful…

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  3. Really enjoyed waking up to this lovely poem this morning, Polly. Thanks for sharing x

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  4. Nice one, Polly….

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  5. While I’ve never been to a flower show, I have wandered through Monet’s gardens at Giverny. It is so tranquil, almost hypnotic. Lovely poem Polly! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ah, one of my ‘to do’s’ to get to Giverny…glad you enjoyed ‘Acid Velvet’โ€“thanks for commenting, Lรฉa ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thank you Polly! I enjoyed Acid Velvet. The title alone conjures up numerous images. The image of being surrounded by the gardens has a velvety feel. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Titles are so telling and I like that you found this one conjuring up lots of images. Always so tempting to go with the simple eg ‘Nicotiana’, but it doesn’t really convey much…

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          • No, ‘Nicotiana’ does not carry the imagery that Acid Velvet is packed with! I have picked up books that only had a title to recommend them and have found some real gems! Thanks for the images I do collect them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I love this poem Polly. You have taken me back too, to the flower shows I use to go to with my mum who was rather an expert flower arranger. I love the lines “wave in the breeze, utter/in the border.

    Is this flower included in the nightshade family then?

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    • It is a member of the nightshade family, Christine, I find that surprising tooโ€“but then, nature is full of surprises. Thanks for your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. This is wonderful. And I love the title. Kind of a vivid juxtaposition.

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  8. I walked along that pathway with you.

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