Melancholy Monday: Posey for a pooch

This post combines a celebration, a cautious regret, and a sadness.  First, our dayflowers (Commelina communis) have just started to appear.  I always look forward to them and never seem to tire of being able to study their intricate beauty anew.  I often see their upper petals as deep-periwinkle moose antlers.  Second, CD frequently reminds me that they are an invasive species and that she is not fond of them, though she lets me keep a few around each season.  She sees those expansive (well actually, they’re quite small, only three-quarters of an inch in total span) petals as “Mickey-Mouse ears.”  Dayflower 10372Third, one of my good blogging friends has just lost his old dog to cancer, as I lost mine just a couple of years ago, and it seems like yesterday.  Steve, this one’s for Murphy.

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8 Responses to Melancholy Monday: Posey for a pooch

  1. Thanks, Gary. It’s a hurt we are all aware of unfortunately. You would think that after experiencing such loss twice before the pain would be more manageable. It’s not.

    Our dayflowers are not quite flowering yet. But it’s only a matter of time. Mary Beth doesn’t mind them…it’s the spiderworts that she would like to eliminate.

    • krikitarts says:

      We nearly always had two dogs for more than 40 years, so when it was time for one to travel on, there was another, so the loss wasn’t so complete. When Limo passed, though, there was simply something very essential that was achingly missing. Our work with dogs needing temporary foster care help a lot, and our cat, Leo the magnificent, is in his prime. We don’t have any spiderworts, but my brother in North Carolina does–also fascinating flowers, if you ask me!

  2. Vicki says:

    Beautiful flower and I must say highly unusual in shape.

    Loss is loss, no matter if we know about it before it happens. Pets are family and the loss is no less than that of the human kind. Their lives just measure out to fewer years (than ours).

    • krikitarts says:

      Many folks choose not to invite a pet into their lives for just that reason, but I think that’s sad. Yes, they are family, you’re absolutely right about that.

  3. What an interesting weed. CD is right, the petals look like Mickey Mouse ears. Lovely photo

  4. You might consider replacing the European dayflower with native species, which have similar-looking flowers. By the way, did you know that there’s a third petal? Many people don’t notice it because it’s smaller and paler and therefore rather inconspicuous.

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes, I’ve noticed the third petal, but it’s often not evident, reviewing the photos I’ve made of them over the course of the past 9 years. Thanks for the reminder!

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