Cora's Flowers
by Edgar Coscolluela

During Spring and Summer, many varieties of small and colorful flowers start to bloom in Cora's garden. Being a nature lover myself and a father of a BS Plant Science graduate, I think I can describe to you the flowers in Cora's garden.

PansiesMost abundant of Cora's flowers is the light blue with purple centers Pansies. Many people say that Pansies are cute but they look like faces (with thick purple eye brows, yellow nose, and mustache) staring at me. The worst thing about them is that the flowers seem to continue to look at you even after you have moved to another place. Imagine hundreds of small purple faces gazing at you...checking on you.

A couple of years back, Cora used to plant flowers of one color every year.
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She deliberately plants annuals that die after one season so that she can plant whatever she wants for next year.
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There are years that she mostly have red flowers and there are years that she mostly have white flowers. And for some unknown reason she started to plant purple perennials. For the past three years, she had mostly purple flowers. Purple Pansies (right) are mixed in beds with the light blue variety. Differing from the Pansies, are these beautiful small petalled purple flowers (left). Differing from the small petalled purple flowers, are these much smaller petalled purple flowers (second right). Differing from the much smaller petalled purple flowers, are these very much smaller petaled purple flowers (second left). Differing from the very much smaller petaled purple flowers, are these very much smaller petaled purple flowers in a bunch (third right). And last but not the least, differing from the very much smaller petaled purple flowers in a bunch, are these very much smaller petaled purple flowers in a big bunch (third left). I think Cora is trying to confuse the bees..."I think I have been in this small petaled purple flower before."

PansiesPansiesAs expected, non-purple flowers are also blooming in the garden. Cora also have these very much smaller petaled red flowers (right) and these very much smaller petaled red flowers in a big bunch (oops! missing!). I am not sure if they are newly planted or just strugglers from four years ago.

PansiesPansiesJust to add more to the list, Cora also have small petalled white flowers (right) and large petalled orange flowers (left).

I am not so sure if it would have helped had I consulted with my Plant Science graduate or had given the scientific name of the flowers. Unfortunately, I do not know the Latin word for small, big, purple, petal, and red.

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