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Blooming Flowers + Opera Plants

‘How does the Meadow-flower its bloom unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free
Down to its root, and, in that freedom, bold.’

So wrote William Wordsworth in this excerpt from his 1842 poem: ‘A Poet! He hath put his heart to school.’

Bringing flowers inside – from a quick dash to the store, from the garden if we’re lucky – has been one of the simple pleasures of lockdown life. Watching them bloom; waiting for their scent to fill the room.

Though not the most fragrant of the bunch, peonies manage to look gorgeous from unopened bud to desiccated flop. Said to symbolize romance, compassion and wealth across a number of cultures, the peony is sadly nearing the end of its season, at least here in the Pacific Northwest. As we start the countdown for next spring’s batch, here are some mesmerizing time lapse blooms from keen-eyed cinematographers.

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We’ll let some other flowers into the bloom party, courtesy of National Geographic.

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And, now, a gift back to all those flowers and plants who have gifted us with their beauty during the pandemic. Barcelona’s Opera House has just reopened after Spain declared an end to their three month state of emergency.

Liceu Opera Barcelona’s first concert was the UceLi quartet playing Puccini’s ‘Cristantemi’ to a full house – a house full of 2,292 potted plants, that is (cue the puns.) It was an experience created by conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia who said: ‘I watched what was going on with nature during all this time. I heard many more birds singing. And the plants in my garden and outside growing faster. And, without a doubt, I thought that maybe I could now relate in a much more intimate way with people and nature.’

How might this chamber concert spur the blooming of the plant audience?

Here’s the concert in its entirety – including the audience sitting quietly in anticipation and pre-show cell-phone announcements:

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www.creatorsvancouver.com

Header Photo: Cristiane Teston

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