Delight Full


The actual flower is the plant’s highest fulfillment,
and are not here exclusively for herbaria, county
floras and plant geography: they are here first
of all for delight.

–   John Ruskin



Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

9 thoughts on “Delight Full”

  1. i picked your lovely post! Nancy…lovely photo. Btw, I love the header today. gail

    Thanks so much, Gail — and thanks for your always welcome visits. :)

  2. Ohh that is beautiful! Kim

    Thanks, Kim — the verbena I used this summer has been a really pleasant surprise. It’s grown well in every colour I’ve used, and seems impervious to our changing weather this summer. :)

  3. What a beautiful flower. Love the color of blue. Water drops are so refreshing on a flower.

    Hi Balisha — this verbena is called “Obsession Blue With Eye”. It’s not a trailer and grows about 6-8″ tall; it’s been a wonderful companion plant for the blue calibrachoa in a railing planter. :)

  4. I just love verbenas for container plants. This one is lovely with its rain soaked petals.

    Believe it or not, I’ve never used it in containers before! That will be remedied henceforth. :)

  5. Beautiful shot, Nancy, and definitely food for thought, though I would disagree with Ruskin. He’s often right, certainly, and the beauty and fragrance of the flower are the ultimate, but when an herb’s foliage or a veggie’s fruits and etc. are involved, I can’t help but think that the ultimate is what’s ultimate for you (and the plant) in terms of purpose and enjoyment…

    True enough, OFB – to each his/her own. :-) They are a delight, all the same!

  6. I like the Ruskin quote, beautifully paired with the photo as usual. I take ourfriendben’s point as well, but I don’t think aesthetic delight and beauty have to be separated from more practical delights and beauty; they tend to kind of run together, except in our separation-obsessed minds. We’re so competetive even in our admiration; why did Ruskin have to say it was “the highest”? How about just: notice this! One of the infinite great things to notice about plants.

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