A dying swan

The arum lily is more down to earth than its alien architecture suggests. With roots in poorly drained, boggy soil or even water, it has moon garden impact in shadier corners, or bobby dazzles in full sun. And when the time is nigh, no other bloom fades away with such Pavlovic grace as these Zantedeschias.

Popular at weddings and funerals for their simple sophistication, I see them as the champions of wabi sabi:-

Z. aethiopica - wabi sabi arums
finding beauty in the imperfections of life
accepting gracefully the natural cycle of growth and decay

mono_calla_wabisabiand in monochrome, there is a cold as marble elegance that we associate with the final decay

With an inner voice the river ran,
Adown it floated a dying swan,
And loudly did lament
Tennyson – The dying swan

DEVOTING THIS FIRST WEEK OF JULY TO FLOWER PORTRAITS

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