Monday, June 20, 2022

Bog Jewel

What a beauty I was greeted with on my recent paddle into our wetlands. These rose pogonias (Pogonia ophioglossoides) were blooming along all the swampy, sphagnum moss edges - stunning. 

They seemingly 'disappear' after the flowers are done. They are a native bog species, and unlike many orchids, they're fragrant, as noticed by Robert Frost, in 1913.

Rose Pogonias by Robert Frost

A saturated meadow,
 Sun-shaped and jewel-small, 
A circle scarcely wider
 Than the trees around were tall;
Where winds were quite excluded, 
 And the air was stifling sweet
With the breath of many flowers,
 — A temple of the heat. 

There we bowed us in the burning, 
 As the sun’s right worship is,
To pick where none could miss them 
 A thousand orchises;
For though the grass was scattered, 
 Yet every second spear
Seemed tipped with wings of color, 
 That tinged the atmosphere. 

We raised a simple prayer 
 Before we left the spot, 
That in the general mowing
 That place might be forgot; 
Or if not all is favoured,
 Obtain such grace of hours, 
That none should mow the grass there
 While so confused with flowers.


Wendy said...

Just love these we have them all around our ponds....they are truly a joy to behold!

Debbie said...

You're lucky to have them too. They are awesome.