Petals and Petticoats

The flowering vine curled up the tree trunk like a twisting petticoat:  a lacy hem of petals pulled up shamelessly, crawling up the exposed branches.

Avril In May

Skirts the color of apricots curved like stairways, their borders pausing in mid-kick – graceful and shameless.  Jane Avril’s dance immortalized by tree and flower, her galop prancing in a garden for the duration of a masculine season appreciative of a shapely limb.

Skirts and a Flirt

Crinkling bougainvillea embroidered into filigrees as delicate as any that might have rested on a woman’s knee.  They rustled and swayed like crinolines in a music hall that was light with springtime’s new-made bounty.  The dusky perfumes of the demimonde were a different time, a different season, a distant woman. 

 Skirts circled the bough, a halo of amber blooms lifted as brazenly as any actress frozen in a postcard, tinted by hands long buried in the ground.  But this lady has her living roots in that same earth…and she will live forever.

Skirt of Blossoms

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10 responses to “Petals and Petticoats

  1. Lovely prose and pictures. =)

  2. Oh Wow, it’s beautiful! I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this.

  3. So incredibly beautiful!

  4. Bougainvillea are a topic here at the moment as Mr and Mrs Boy have been digging a large one out of their front garden. Too many thorns. How can something that looks so pretty, be such a thorny monster? Look, don’t touch!

  5. love the link of flower&tree to Jane Avril – it suits in color, shape and image – whatever made you think of it? an absolutely wonderful pairing.
    And for some reason, the phrase “distant lady” resonates.

  6. india – thank you; I see these flowers – and more – on my walk home from work; there are so many multi-colored jungles to investigate!

    m – at this time of year, the bougainvilleas are blooming everywhere: magenta, pink, peach, scarlet, orange; they bloom so fast, they practically gallop over the garden walls!

    Lauri – thank you!

    Flamingo – I passed a scarlet one yesterday, and I thought of your comment – so I inspected it, and sure enough – tiny thorns!

    oh – my mind is so random; the very first word that popped into my head when I saw this tree/bloom combo was ‘skirts’. Frilly skirts held high in fact – and who else does this but a can-can dancer? From that it was a short step to the only can-can dancer I knew, Jane Avril, and the circle was complete.

  7. Nice writing – a flair for the evocative. Isn’t spring lovely?

  8. Perfect.

    There was a lot of bougainvillea in our neighborhood in India- mostly pink and red, but I never saw anything this lush! And you found the most beautiful story to go with it.

  9. I don’t think I’ve seen many apricot bougainvilleas – I love the deep red flowers. And, I love bougainvilleas draped over cottages.

  10. We don’t have bougainvillea here – it sure looks very pretty! Apricot is not one of my favorite colors, but your words and images are getting me to see its beauty on this flower…

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