There's something wonderful about waking up to a vegetable bloom like this pumpkin flower on my bamboo grove. It definitely puts the zing into my morning. By tomorrow, or by noon, it will have wilted, leaving no trace of having once been connected with any- thing floral. It'll be reduced to either a blob or mass, depending on the weather before it gently lands on the ground. But no matter how short-lived, vegetable blooms fill me with joy. Other flowers burst into song and fade away but vegetable blooms signify fecundity and the promise of a future!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau