I must have flowers, always and always. – Claude Monet
And it’s no wonder that the famous the French artist went on and created paintings of them one after the other. I’m no artist. I knew that as an early child when mum hired a local artist to teach my brother and I how to paint. He did well. I did not. I cannot paint flowers but I can certainly photograph them.
But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass, since she’s the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s my rose.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
I have a friend who can name every single flower there is. She tried to teach me once, but I’m afraid my memory retention is bad and it’s only going to get worse (hopefully not!), so I’m afraid I won’t be able to name any of the flowers above apart from the roses. After all, who can’t?
These beautiful flowers can be found in Castle Drogo in Devon. They were taken in the summer so I’m not sure if they’ll be as colourful and beautiful as they were in those photos, but still worth a visit. The castle is still surrounded by scaffolding but the gardens are definitely worth visiting especially if you love flowers. If you find yourself in the area, do drop by and visit the flowers of Castle Drogo. They have wonderful grounds too, perfect for autumn walks.
What about you?
Are you good at identifying flowers?