Saturday, August 02, 2008

Floral magic - Tiny dancer

Hold me closer tiny dancer (Photo: Y.Cunnington)

I'm dating myself here: Whenever I take photos of prairie coneflowers (Ratibida pinnata), Elton John's song Tiny Dancer plays in my head. It's because these flowers start dancing in the slightest breeze.

The chorus goes like this:
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand
Looked it up on Wikipedia: the song is from the album Madman Across the Water, released in 1971.

Good lord, that's almost 40 years ago! No wonder the young man who cashed me out at the grocery store today, kept calling me "Ma'am." He must have Ma'am'ed me half a dozen times in five minutes. He said it so often that I actually suggested that he not call woman my age (early 50s) "Ma'am" because it makes us feel old. That prompted a knowing smile from a gal my age over in the next aisle. She knew exactly what I was going on about.

© Yvonne Cunnington, Country Gardener


  1. Morning Yvonne!
    I knew from you title just what song you referred to. That was probably my most played song of my teenage years. I'm having my 30th reunion next weekend!! I embroidered the album cover of "Madman Across the Water" on the back of my jean jacket! I still have it!! I'll have to post a picture!!
    Love the flower, it's on my list of must haves!!
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!

  2. Is that normal for the petals to droop like that?


    (I am going to add a link to your blog on my blog)

  3. Thanks, Gill! Yes, it's quite normal for the petals to droop, which is why they look like dancers with swingy skirts. Cheers, Yvonne

  4. that is one beautiful photo. glad you got rain in July. I have not had to water the garden here in Pennsylvania for weeks. that is a blessing.

    so at what age does one become... ma'am????

  5. thanks for the info. I will let my wife know she has many years yet to correct young folk who use the dreaded word.

  6. Wonderful information and pictures.
    I'll return to you blogg often.



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