Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pluterperfect Plumeria

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The common Plumeria;
often a Hawaii child's first lei, a gift for Mom.

" Mama was my greatest teacher, 
a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. 
If love is sweet as a flower, 
then my mother is that sweet flower of love. "

Stevie Wonder

Called "church yard flower" or "make man's flower"
(Mah-kay = dead) for it's ubiquity in isle grave yards.

"Love is the flower you've got to let grow."
                  John Lennon

 Named for the 17th Century French botanist Plumier -
(First Known Use: 1753).
Fitting since reminds me of fleur de lis.

"Love is flower like;
Friendship is like a sheltering tree."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Rhymes with PLUMERIA:

Algeria, Assyria, asteria, bacteria, diphtheria, Egeria, Elyria, Iberia, Illyria, Liberia, Nigeria, porphyria, Siberia, wisteria.  


 Also known as Frangipani

 "Any of a genus (Plumeria) of shrubs or small trees 
of the dogbane family that are native to the
American tropics
and widely cultivated as ornamentals." 
" Nobody sees a flower really; 
it is so small. We haven't time,
and to see takes time - 
like to have a friend takes time.  "

Georgia O'Keeffe

A modification of Italian frangipane,
  from Muzio Frangipane, 
a 16th century Italian nobleman.
First Known Use: 1675.

" One could not pluck a flower
without troubling a star.  "

Loren Eiseley 


" Pick a flower on Earth
and you move the farthest star.  "

Paul Dirac


Rhymes with FRANGIPANI:
Hindustani, hootenanny

" Personality is to a man
what perfume is to a flower.  "

Charles M. Schwab


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