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Images of Flowers

Updated on July 27, 2017
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Catherine has loved nature and animals since childhood and advocates for sustainability and respect for all living things.

a sassanqua camellia displays her lovely golden stamens.
a sassanqua camellia displays her lovely golden stamens. | Source

Beautiful blooms draw people to public gardens, nurseries, and flower marts to admire them, especially in spring when all is a burst of color and scent. Every culture throughout the world uses flowers of different kinds for adornment, decoration, and religious purposes. Their essences have been used for making perfumes, oils, and medicinal tinctures for centuries. Flowers speak the language of love and remembrance. Their symbolism is prevalent in art throughout the globe.

In botany, flowers serve the purpose of reproduction. Flower shape, color, and scent are designed to attract pollinators so that the sperm in the pollen will be moved to fertilize the female flowers and the ovaries will swell with seeds for successive generations. It is through these flower structures that fruits are produced, so they play a much bigger role than we think.

Still, they continue to appeal to our aesthetics and inspire the artist within each of us. My visit to the gardens in spring prompted me to write this series of haiku verses.

Flower Haiku


Bright ranunculus

Bow and sway in a soft breeze.

Springtime cotillion.

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Blotched petaled pansies

With hopeful puppy faces

Beg my selection.

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The passion flower

Witnessed metamorphosis. . .

Fritillary's flight.

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Ah! fragrant jasmine

Infuses the warm night air.

Wistful memories.

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Perfumed and frilly

My laden lilac poses.

Show-off Southern belle.

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Dead wood holds promise

Floral glory sleeps inside.

A wren tends her nest.

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Orange- throated flowers

In a windblown grassy sea

A school of goldfish!


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© 2011 Catherine Tally

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      hifza 2 years ago

      It was so awsome

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi,Suelynn. I'm so glad you dropped by! Thank you for your nice compliment.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Beautiful! I'm learning... Voted up and awesome!

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, Manny! Nature is my inspiration:>)

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      Really, really nice... your poetry it's just beautiful!

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Kathi,

      I am so glad Epi put us in touch too. Thank you for the nice compliment. I have a confession to make: I chose this anonymous photograph because it beautifully suited the image of the "Spring Cotillion" in my haiku. It is not one of my own.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Cat, Epi the match maker, but he's always right! The floral photograph is divine and the poem that follows is heartfelt! Nice to meet you, I am eager to read more of your hubs! Smiles

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Epi, I really appreciate the compliment! I will check out 'fossillady.'

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well these flower images are almost as beautiful as your writing .... well, almost!!!!

      You may have a kindred spirit in my buddy Kathi also known at the Hub as 'fossillady' - go and check her out if you can - I know she will love your hubs too!

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Arb, I am so pleased that you have enjoyed my haiku. I am delighted to have both you and Maven as followers! Thank you for the lovely compliment.

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Your senses spill their ink upon the empty page in splendid brevity and poignant elegance. I am delighted that Maven is a follower. The two of you do wonder to the art of Haiku. Voted up and beautiful because they deserve such praise.

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good morning, Larry. You just sweetened mine with your nice comment! Thank you.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I'm with Genna above...love that haiku image...Simply wonderful haiku throughout...I enjoyed every one when spoken out loud...Who needs sugar in their coffee with such sweetness abound..Thank you for this morning treasure...Larry

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, Genna! I'm so glad you've enjoyed these.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Blotched petalled pansies

      Gaze with hope at passersby

      Like pet-store puppies"

      My favorite.

      I love these. Beautful!

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you, crystolite!

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Good information and beautiful rose showcased. Keep it up.