December 23, 2019

I was at a lovely flower shop yesterday, and the conversation between the owner and I veered to flower names, and how the English love them. Daisy. Iris. Rose. I met a girl called Amaryllis when I was a teenager, and ever since reading Kevin Henkes’ delightful children’s book, I’ve wanted to meet a Chrysanthemum. At the post office today, I did meet a sweet young girl with candyfloss pink hair called Magnolia. Her mum loved Gone with the Wind, and turned to the film for inspiration when naming her three daughters. Scarlett. Savannah. And Magnolia. “Maggie is my Starbucks name. Otherwise I am always Magnolia.”


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