I'm not sure if all the flowers dancing at Grandeville's Le Bal are May flowers but I think its a lovely illustration for Aubade*, Taxile Delorde's invocation to the first flowers of the spring as translated by Jeremiah Cleaveland.
|This coterie of flowers has all the style and grace - and the tantalizingly exposed limbs - |
of the coryphées from Le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris who so enchanted
the wealthy gentlemen of the period.
|We had several stalks of Campanule or Canterbury Bells in our first small garden|
- they were always a favourite. That dancer with the slightly manic look may have just
found out that her common English name is Lady's Ear Drop (Fuschia).
|Overseeing the festivities is the regal Reine Marguerite- a little bit of serendipity|
as my mother-in-law's favourite flower has always been the stately China Aster.
I only wish that she were able to once again enjoy their beauty.
So here's my Mother's Day bouquet and my wish that it may - like that first flower of the spring - indeed bring "good fortune for the rest of the year."
* This very old French word can mean a song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak or a poem or song about lovers separating at dawn.
13 May - 1995: 33-year-old British mother Alison Hargreaves became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.