Tuesday, September 9, 2008

She Don't Like Roses (Christine Kane)

Just because... I love purple and lavender (the color, the flower, the scent, the mood it conveys) and the songs of Christine Kane, oh my... :-)

From Wikipedia:

Lavenders are widely grown in gardens. Flower spikes are used for dried flower arrangements. The fragrant, pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in potpourris. Dried and sealed in pouches, they are placed among stored items of clothing to give a fresh fragrance and as a deterrent to moths. The plant is also grown commercially for extraction of lavender oil from the flowers. This oil is used as an antiseptic and for aromatherapy.

More here...

POEM: I Planned To Have a Border of Lavender by Paul Goodman

I planned to have a border of lavender
but planted the bank too of lavender
and now my whole crazy garden
is grown in lavender

it smells so sharp heady and musky
of lavender, and the hue of only
lavender is all my garden up
into the gray rocks.

When forth I go from here the heedless lust
I squander—and in vain for I am stupid
and miss the moment—it has blest me silly
when forth I go

and when, sitting as gray as these gray rocks
among the lavender, I breathe the lavender's
tireless squandering, I liken it
to my silly lusting,

I liken my silly indefatigable
lusting to the lavender which has grown over
all my garden, banks and borders, up
into the gray rocks

QUOTE: "I judge that the flowers of lavender quilted in a cap and worne are good for all diseases of the head that come from a cold cause and that they comfort the braine very well." ~ William Turner, 1551


  1. Came to see a feminist's site. ;-) I loved purple too until my grandma told me that it's a spinster's colour. :-( Well, now I'm almost married so I can enjoy purple again. :-)

  2. Hey, Helena ~

    Too funny - I imagine you'll be wildly disappointed, as the bra-burning was *last* week... :-)

    Choice is still immensely important to me, but the last decade has found me incorporating my feminism with reality - I want to be the best *person* I can be, in my family and in the world, as well as challenge others to find their way (must get Obama elected!).

    I actually used to *hate* purple, until I was pregnant with my daughter Sarah (born in 1981) - I had to find a maternity dress to wear to a wedding, fell in love with a purple one... and now, 26 years later, it's my favorite color... :-)

  3. Purple was my favorite color for a long time, as you well know, Susan. :-) For the past 7 years or so, though, I've realized that I have always always loved RED! Shoes, dresses, sweaters, anything red! I finally embraced my red-loving self and began incorporating it into my life - one shoe at a time. ;-)

    Lavender is still my favorite scent and amethyst my chosen stone, though.

  4. Hey, M ~

    I most certainly do remember - it was one of the many clicks that reinforced the fact we were kindred spirits... <3

    My Dorothy alter-ego loves a good red shoe every now and then, although it's more of a sequined flip-flop or a leather clog - you look divine in that vibrant color, my dear... :-)

    I've also begun to appreciate my birthstone (the peridot), as long as it's set in silver and not gold - funny how our tastes change along the way, even in the fourth and fifth decades!