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Saturday, June 10, 2006

June's Other Flower

marguerite both a flower and a pearl

We think of the rose as the flower of June. Lovely as roses are, there is another flower which belongs to June and which appears in simple and spontaneous sparkling beauty on the fields of Europe. It is the marguerite. It is slightly smaller than the Shasta Daisy, and we know it as a daisy.

The marguerite has a dual nature as befits its appearance in the month of June, which in its first 21 days celebrates Gemini. Its name denotes a pearl as well as a flower. And it plays a role in love affairs by being able to answer the question "Does he love me?" How is it done? By plucking the petals one by one, each petal standing, in turn, for "He loves me" or "He loves me not". The last petal will give the answer. And, by the way, if the answer is not acceptable, try another marguerite and repeat the process until the answer is satisfactory!

In 20th Century Zurich, Switzerland, a daughter was born to parents who discussed what to name the baby. The mother looked out of the window at marguerites glowing on the hospital lawn and named the child "Marguerite".

10 Comments:

  • Perfectly acceptable to celebrate yourself every now and then---especially in your birth month.

    Happy Birthday in advance, Odysseuse! ;)

    By Anonymous Walt Whitman, at 6/11/2006 12:15 AM  

  • I am honored to hear from you, Walt, since I consider you to be the Great American Poet, and in celebrating yourself ( in Leaves of Grass) you have taught us the value of celebrating ourselves.

    By Blogger marguerite louise, at 6/11/2006 6:36 AM  

  • Cool comments!

    By Anonymous Carrie, at 6/11/2006 1:26 PM  

  • Say to them,
    say to the down-keepers,
    the sun-slappers,
    the self-soilers,
    the harmony -hushers,
    "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night ."
    You will be right.
    For that is the hard home-run .

    Live not for battles won.
    Live not for the-end-of-the-song.
    Live in the along .

    "SPEECH TO THE YOUNG, SPEECH TO
    THE PROGRESS- TOWARD"

    Gwendolyn Brooks b. June 7, 1917

    By Anonymous A Wise June Poet, at 6/13/2006 4:47 PM  

  • Fasten your hair with a golden pin,
    And bind up every wandering tress;
    I bade my heart build these poor rhymes:
    It worked at them, day out, day in,
    Building a sorrowful loveliness
    Out of the battles of old times.
     
    You need but lift a pearl-pale hand,
    And bind up your long hair and sigh;
    And all men’s hearts must burn and beat;
    And candle-like foam on the dim sand,
    And stars climbing the dew-dropping sky,
     Live but to light your passing feet.

    William Butler Yeats b. June 13, 1865

    By Anonymous Advice For the Birthday Girl, at 6/13/2006 4:49 PM  

  • Stand up against governments, against God.
    Stay irresponsible.
    Say only what we know & imagine.
    Observe what’s vivid.
    Notice what you notice.
    Catch yourself thinking.
    Remember the future.
    Don’t drink yourself to death.

    clipped from: "Cosmopolitan Greetings"

    Allen Ginsberg--June 3 1926

    By Anonymous Birthday Howls, at 6/13/2006 4:51 PM  

  • You say it's your birthday
    It's my birthday too,yeah
    You say it's your birthday
    We're gonna have a good time
    I'm glad it's your birthday
    Happy birthday to you

    "Birthday"

    Paul McCartney, who shares your birth date

    By Anonymous Also Ran, at 6/13/2006 4:54 PM  

  • Happy Birthday to you! I'm a long time reader of Stitches of Violet. I hope you two ladies are having a good time spoiling that cute little grand/great granddaughter. Happy Travels to you both.
    Sheri in GA

    By Blogger Shez75, at 6/17/2006 9:48 PM  

  • Happy Birthday to you. May you wrap yourself in the love of your family and know that your many friends and fans wish you much happiness and many more years.

    By Anonymous Colette, at 6/18/2006 6:01 PM  

  • Happy birthday Mom!!!!!

    Love,
    Doris

    By Anonymous doris@msoservices.org, at 6/18/2006 7:06 PM  

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