Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Flowers: Here Be Snapdragons

Antirrhinum: Pink Snapdragons

How like a winter hath my absence been (Sonnet 97)
(By William Shakespeare)

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness every where!
And yet this time remov’d was summer’s time;
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem’d to me
But hope of orphans and unfather’d fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute:
   Or, if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer,
   That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.

Well, when in a rush, you can't go wrong with Shakespeare. ;-)

Antirrhinum: Red Snapdragons

And we start our focus on cold season blooms with the ever lovely antirrhinum, also known as the snapdragon.

Here are a few more colorful 'dragons.

Antirrhinum: Orange Snapdragon

Antirrhinum: Yellow Snapdragon

Antirrhinum: White Snapdragon

Here are a couple vids:


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