I chose eight note cards, reprints
from old botanical plates drawn
and colored from nature
with concise descriptions and rules
for culture.
and perfect specimens glowing
on an ecru background of handmade

muted rose effusion of peony
golden fanfared sunflower
cotton blouse flounce of carnation
loves me, loves me not daisies
bee buzzed delicacy of sweet pea
orange silk scarf petaled day lily
densely packed pink zinnia
scarlet petunia duet

All are unique, with steadfast beauty;
a bright note to transplant
into someone’s day.  Much like
the friend they are intended for.