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Cicely Mary Barker: A Leaf Umbrella

Nasturtiums, as well as being exceptionally cheery flowering plants, have such unusual rounded leaves.

Nasturtiums, as well as being exceptionally cheery flowering plants, have such unusual rounded leaves.

Cicely Mary Barker wrote a poem for children called “The Song of the Nasturtium Fairy.” Like all of her poetry, it is old fashioned and whimsical. She visualizes a nasturtium fairy using a leaf as an umbrella, or as she says, a brolly.

The poem was written many years ago, but the image of a flower fairy, carrying a leaf as a brolly is quite charming, even or maybe especially, to our adult ears.

The poem can be found in various publications of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairy creations, including the titles below.  If purchased through one of the links below, a portion of the sale benefits WFIU Public Radio.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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