Music 44: Fairy flowers

© Bruce Goodman 5 August 2015

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I call these “fairy flowers” because I have forgotten their name. They grow on a shrub in my garden.

I lost the name for them when my old blog crumbled away into nothingness. So if any kind people would like to remind me, I’d be grateful.

 

 

41 thoughts on “Music 44: Fairy flowers

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    Would it be a variety of myrtle? Your music is telling us there are fairies at the bottom of your garden…and they seem to be very busy at their work, competing with Humphrey.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Well – when I saw Derrick’s myrtle I wondered. I THINK last time that Susanne of Wuthering Bites had the name… And yes, the fairies are very busy and always (I think) a bit scary.

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  2. arlingwoman

    I knew Derrick could help you. I’ve no clue. The fairies sound as though they are fearsome and on the march. Perhaps occupying more space in the garden at this very moment…

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      1. arlingwoman

        Hmm. It just occurred to me that those flowers, while probably myrtle, could be a variety of witch hazel. Probably not. Fairies could travel from your garden to Derrick’s shed, but I bet they’re just taking over more of your garden.

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          1. arlingwoman

            I don’t know where the name comes from, but it certaily has had medicinal uses. Maybe as there are hazel nuts (a different plant), this got named witch hazel for it applications…

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          1. arlingwoman

            Fothergilla look like that too. The thing that’s throwing me is the leaves, which don’t look like myrtle, but it’s probably some variety with different leaves–remember the plant we were trying to help Derrick with a few months ago? It was the leaves that kept throwing us…

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      There’s a long story about this shrub. Also another – ever longer – story about the fairies having a frolicking good time… The fairies dancing to this tune:… “my” choreographer who choreographed this music was once lead dancer of the British “Royal Ballet Company” and she incorporated contemporary dance elements into the ballet choreography. Was there hell to play or what… I’m innocent (and now forgotten) but the dear choreographer was dismissed with a vengeance!

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Derrick – I’ve added two close-up photos at the bottom – just click on them to enlarge. The seed heads are not like docks at all – but still like knots… (And, of course, these are old photos – as 1. it’s currently dark outside! and 2. It’s mid-winter!)

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          1. derrickjknight

            How about mimosa pudica, known as the sensitive plant, because it folds up and plays possum when touched, as some in your picture have done? Images on Google almost all pink, but there is the occasional white one

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              Definitely mimosa pudica I think – although thank goodness (for my garden) it’s not the pink one; pink is a terrible compromise, being neither white nor red. And it seems to have lost a little of its sensitivity – which might be a male thing!

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