Flower Kingdom

"I am a King,

Or an Emperor rather, 

I wear crown-imperial

And prince's-feather;

Golden-rod is the sceptre

I wield and wag,

And a broad purple flag-


Waves for my flag.

Elder the pithy

With old-man and sage,

These are my councillors

Green in old age;

Lord-and-ladies in silence

Stand round me and wait,

While gay ragged-robin

Makes bows at my gate.

- Poem I am a King by Christina Georgina Rossetti 

My sister Courtney and I, reigning over our glorious kingdom of flowers, this past Labor Day Weekend in Michigan. 


Tulip Time Festival

 A drive up to Holland, Michigan for Tulip Time and a visit to Veldheer tulip farm / De Klomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory with my Dutch friend Lora. I can pretty much pass as Dutch now. I know all the words: klomp, Delft, and oiliebollen.  I visited the festival when young…all I recall is the sing-song tune "tulips are blooming in Holland, Michigan…tulips bright colored and gay…dance on the scrubbed streets of Holland, Michigan…when tulips bloom in May!"We were a little early for full-bloomed tulips. But, were able to capture a few timid petals peeping vibrantly from their buds.