Half-Arsed Haiku – 11 Jan 2015

Snowdrop in Frost (c) Carol Rose


On Greeting the First Galanthus

First snowdrop
peeks out,

The Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. Such beautiful, simple, flowers individually yet en masse a glorious carpet of white and green and that first sign spring is on its tentative way. Just found out they don’t have ‘petals’ – they have six ‘tepals’ instead. Do you think it’s some sort of botanists anagram in-joke?

Galanthus from the Greek gala, meaning “milk”, and anthos, meaning “flower”. The epithet nivalis means “of the snow”. So fitting the one and only snowdrop in our garden emerged after a little snowstorm. Seemed quite at home there amongst the frost, our tiny milk flower.

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One comment

  1. Debbie M. · February 27, 2015

    The friend that introduced me to snowdrops shared that her snowdrops are up and in frozen glory. This haiku perfectly describes the personality of a snowdrop! Now, if only mine would come up.

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