I’ve been watching so many of the flowers in our garden or nearby fading away the past few weeks. A pink rose still bloomed less than 3 weeks ago. Then its petals began to wilt a week or so ago. And after the recent frost I noticed today that the last of it was decomposing away.
A shrub was covered in small red leaves last week. Today only a few remained.
I pass hydrangea flowers slowly becoming paler and browner as the winter days grow cooler.
Nothing to pick outside so I have begun buying flowers to add some colour back inside our home. I buy cheap and cheerful supermarket flowers as a contrast to the muting of the colours outdoors. However, I make sure that the bouquets never contain any white flowers. I lived in Mainland China and studied Chinese culture for many years, so white flowers to me represent death and mourning. Not what I want indoors while I watch flowers wither and die outdoors.
I quite like the quirky bunches with their ornamental cabbages and flowers with strangely bright petals.
But as I returned home this morning I noticed that there were still Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ blooming in the pot next to my kitchen door – and, yes, they still remind me of dancing dolphins close-up. I guess they’ve refused to fade despite the winter frost and chills.