Garden Bloggers' Muse Day February 1, 2009

Open afresh your round of starry folds,
Ye ardent marigolds!
Dry up the moisture from your golden lids,
For great Apollo bids
That in these days your praises should be sung
On many harps, which he has lately strung;
And when again your dewiness he kisses,
Tell him, I have you in my world of blisses:
So haply when I rove in some far vale,
His mighty voice may come upon gale.

- John Keats, 1884

The simple daisy like blossom of the calendula is a member of the Asteraceae or Compositae family. I've come to realize this is my favorite flower family. The sunflower, aster, osteospermum, gazania, anthemis, yarrow, helenium, bidens, cosmos, tithonia, dahlia, rudbeckia, gaillardia, ligularia, zinnia. The single varieties of these capture my heart in their perfect simplicity.

For other musings of the day visit Carolyn at the home of the Garden Bloggers' Muse Day.


  1. Such a sunny color for a winter day. Did you over winter it in your home?

  2. Yes. Popped the seedling out of the ground in September and brought it inside. Kept under shop lights with more neglect than care. Easy keepers.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment Ann. A beautiful bloom and muse to accompany it.

  4. A drop of sunshine on this snowy day - just what's needed.

    Thanks for your visit over at mine Ann :)

  5. Lovely poem for Muse Day. Reminds me of summer.

    Always Growing

  6. your photos are always to lovely, i just love to come and peek!!! thanks again

  7. One of my favorite flowers as well, Ann. A lovely poem to go with it and bring us a breath of Spring. First time I've read of marigolds mentioned in a poem as they are often overlooked .

    Thanks for joining us for GBMD.