Friday, August 1, 2014
The Humble Zinnia
"Among some of the more ethereal and esoteric of cognoscenti,
the humble Zinnia is held to be of the lower orders…
"And here again Kipling was right:
to walk with kings nor lose the common touch
is as applicable to gardening as to society.
"I had far rather see a farmhouse front yard ribald with Zinnias
than most of the Gentiana jewels I have been expected
to enthuse over in English gardens."
Editor in chief of House & Garden
for more than 35 years.
From his The Gardener's Bed-Book.
After cutting zinnias this morning I put these in a favorite piece of old Fiesta.
When I snapped this picture,
the perfect circle of the little handle reminded me of a marriage.
It is a sturdy little thing even though the chances were
it might easily have been broken over decades of use.
My mind has dwelt on a particular marriage today,
that of my mother and father.
It might have easily been broken--they went through a war,
health issues, worries over 4 daughters,
things that most couples face over the years.
But it was a sturdy marriage.
If my father were still alive today,
Mama and Daddy would have celebrated 72 years of marriage.
You were both as humble as garden Zinnias
and you had a beautiful marriage.
Happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary.