Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Hyacinths are...?

Years ago when I was living in Washington DC, I recall being quite enchanted by a black tulip. Now Midnight Mystique has been cultivated for our delectation. Biologically, I think flowers tend to have bright colours to attract insects to pollinate them. Black, the absence of colour, is thus an anomaly. However, this hyacinth is reported to have a very strong scent - indeed most hyacinth have a lovely fragrance... until they are past their sell-by date - which may compensate for the colour in order to attract insects.

This hybird has taken 16 years to cultivate and is reportedly taking the gardening world by storm. I expect it'll be much talked about at Chelsea in May - one of my favourite events on the British calendar!

I am not sure why, maybe it is the sheer rarity of the colour, but there is something breath-taking about black flowers. Imagine a display of black and white flowers - How chic! How elegant! And O! How Dominican! Of course they may also become the flower of choice for the next Goth wedding... oh dear!


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