by | Oct 2, 2010 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

‘Flower’, says Mira, my two year old granddaughter, pointing at her floral hairclip. Then ‘flower’, she says again, pointing out the window.  I look out and discover the most glorious sight in my son’s garden: a fulsome mass of delicate pink, like a young girl spreading her ballet skirts, all ready to curtsey. There it stands, a flowering cherry tree, rising out of the long grass.
‘Blossom!’ I exclaim. ‘Lots of flowers. It’s a blossom tree’.
‘Blossom,’ says Mira, trying out this new word. And I think what a beautiful word it is. Then I ponder on the difference between a flower and a blossom. The dictionary, ever technical and accurate, tells me that blossom means flower or bloom, especially of a fruit bearing plant. Blossom also means to begin to thrive or flourish.

When I look at the blossom tree, I think of youth, hope and beauty. I think of the wonder of youth, when the whole world seems to be frothy and full of life. I think of opening to life.  I believe in romance. I feel my heart bloom into another season of hope.


  1. Joan

    A lovely reflection on blossoms. Isn’t it lovely too seeing the world through the eyes of a two year old. Blossom is a lovely word. It has a fullness, that suits it’s meaning.

  2. lifeonthecutoff

    Blossom is sweeter than flower, I think, and how lovely that Mira knows both words now. Your words are wonderful and I can just see your son’s garden curtseying.

  3. Marilyn

    I love the frothiness of spring, all the frou frou of blossom; the word flower to me doesn’t convey the wonder that blossom does.

  4. juliet

    Thank you Joan, Penny and Marilyn for your thoughts about ‘blossom’. I love those words ‘frou frou’ Marilyn! Yes, wonder and fullness and sweetness: each of you has added something to help the blossom open up a little more.


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