Wildflowers Unite

Carolina Jessamine with baby blue eyes
nicknamed Monkey Flower as a tot.
Ignored social norms,
rogue shooting star in the cosmos.
Obediant plant? Spineless prickly pear?
Never.
Wild Bergamot learned,
seduced on her lady’s bedstraw.
Hybrids and selected cultivars?
Unnecessary
for a beautiful bouquet.

Kim hosts dVerse today…asking us to include the word “wild” – or a form of the word – in a Quadrille. Quadrille: a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title.
I immediately thought of wild flowers and went to a seed catalog and the internet for names of wildflowers. Nine wild flowers are included in the poem: Carolina Jessamine, Baby Blue Eyes, Monkey Flower, Shooting Star, Cosmos, Obediant Plant, Spineless Prickly Pear, Wild Bergamot, and Lady’s Bedstraw. Yes: Obediant is spelled correctly here.

33 thoughts on “Wildflowers Unite

    • lillian January 27, 2020 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you, Vivian. Glad you enjoyed!

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  1. Sherry Marr January 27, 2020 / 6:35 pm

    Oh such glorious blooms! To think spring is not far off, beauty will be unfolding everywhere!

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      I do love the blanket of natural color that breaks into fields when spring dawns! 🙂

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you. It was fun to create a story with their names!

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      They are indeed. I enjoyed creating a story with their names!

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 12:47 pm

      Oh yes, Carolina was a wild one indeed….bedding Mr. Bergamont ….fun to create a story with all their names! 🙂

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  2. calmkate January 27, 2020 / 11:25 pm

    great shots and amusing verse about some really wild flowers 🙂

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 12:48 pm

      Ah yes….and Mr. Bergamot got his due! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the story I created with all their names 🙂

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  3. kim881 January 28, 2020 / 3:09 am

    The images of wildflowers are so vibrant, Lill, as is your quadrille! Theo pening line reminded me of a song I loved when I was a child – it was called ‘Jessamine’, it was by The casuals, and I didn’t know then that it was a flower. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZerER6af04k
    I love the idea of a flower being a ‘rogue shooting star in the cosmos’.

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 2:05 pm

      Had never heard that song….”a butterfly child, so free and so wild” . . . fits with the prompt too! 🙂
      I had such fun making up a story line using the names of all these wild flowers…many of which I was not familiar with including the Shooting Star, Lady’s Bedstraw and Carolina Jessamine! 🙂 A very fun prompt to work with 🙂
      Hope to see you in a bit at Tuesday Poetics!

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      • kim881 January 28, 2020 / 2:14 pm

        I’ll be there!

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  4. areadingwriter January 28, 2020 / 3:40 am

    such a poetic bouquet you have handcrafted for us, Lillian! Aren’t they all beautifully wild? 🙂

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  5. merrildsmith January 28, 2020 / 7:08 am

    Wildflowers have their own natural beauty. I like how you mentioned their secret lives, as well. 🙂
    And the photos are beautiful.

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  6. Jane Dougherty January 28, 2020 / 8:02 am

    Wild flowers are just as attractive as cultivated flowers. I only recognise the lady’s bedstraw. They make a pretty collection of words.

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you, Jane. Had never heard of Lady’s Bedstraw, Carolina Jessamine, or Shooting Star until I googled “wildflowers” and was so entranced with so many of the names I decided to create a story with them! A very fun prompt!

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    • lillian January 28, 2020 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you, Linda. I had such fun incorporating all the wild flower names into a story! 🙂 A fun prompt to work with!

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  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 28, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    Real wild flowers are often better than the cultivated ones. We do have those that fill our garden, especially in spring,,,

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  8. whimsygizmo January 28, 2020 / 7:32 pm

    Wildflowers are my favorite. This is so lovely.

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  9. Teresa January 29, 2020 / 9:42 am

    What a beautiful tribute to those wild flowers. Lovely.

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