Saturday, July 14, 2007

fire flowers

I've always been more of a water type than a fire type. Too much yin, not enough yang. I am drawn to shades of blue, drawn to the water, fearful of the force of fire.

But water can drown, too. Sometimes I feel as if I've been slowly drowning from lack of fire.

I have always thought marigolds were a bit gaudy and fiery, a contradiction to my watered-down personality. But for some reason I always have to have them.

I bought this bee balm last year at the closeout sale at the greenhouse; I don't recall whether or not it was flowering at the time. Somehow, over the course of a winter, I convinced myself it was lavender colored, not fiery red. The scarlet flowers surprised me; their form even looks like fire. It's a new kind of beauty in my garden, and an outward sign of my need to kindle and feed the fire inside.


Madcap said...

Watered down!

You don't strike me that way AT ALL, Deb. Maybe you're quiet in "real" life, but watered down - well, I really doubt it. There's an undilute core, the real thing.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Deb,
I have the lavender bee balm at my place...I really like the red and I bet your butterflies and hummingbirds do also!

Larry said...

I wish that I had the Scarlett ones because they're better at attracting Hummingbirds than the pruple ones I have.

Anonymous said...

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Deb said...

madcap- you're right, maybe "watered down" isn't the right description. "Waterlogged" perhaps?

RuthieJ and Larry- I haven't watched these flowers enough to see if they attract hummingbirds, but maybe that's why I haven't seen the hummers at my feeder much lately.

anonymous- Thanks, I'll check it out!

Marie said...

I have often noticed that the person who dresses and acts conservatively, will have vibrant colors in their garden or other forms of art.
I, too, am that way. I love strong colors in my gardens and quilts, and I love powerful music. It's the fire in the soul coming out.

Deb said...

Marie- Welcome, and thanks for commenting! I checked out your blog, and I love your colorful daylilies. I'll have to read it some more!