The winds of change blow
Refusal or denial
Sees no horizon

Field scabious…it is not a great name and harks back to the time when the plant was used to treat scabies and the bubonic plague… a tragic history for such a pretty flower. I love their soft, cushioned petals and have always grown them in my gardens for the bees and butterflies. My own garden is a little sparse at present, while life dithers about its future, but it is of no matter. When the fields and hedgerows are full of flowers, I have all the garden I need..

The other name for this flower is the gypsy rose. It is a vagabond, wandering the countryside and growing where it chooses. The breeze makes the stems dance, so I hold the flower steady for a photograph… and an opportunist seizes the moment to land.  Engaging with Nature is a two-way relationship.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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30 Responses to Gypsy

  1. Mary Smith says:

    I didn’t know its name came from being used to treatscabie – nor did I know it is also called the gypsy rose. That’s a lovely name.

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  2. I think if I were that flower I’d prefer Gypsy Rose….

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  3. Rae Longest says:

    Oh my, what a moment. And you captured it!


  4. That’s also a really huge bee! Are all your honey (bumble?) bees that big? Love the flower and the name, “Gypsy Rose,” sounds like a movie 🙂

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    Lovely bumble, and the flower… I won’t be calling it by its proper name anymore!


  6. Widdershins says:

    Clever bee. 🙂


  7. That looks like a bumble bee. I love them. I read they’re actually too big to be able to fly but they do anyway. 🙂 — Suzanne


  8. That is such a lovely flower and what a lovely opportunity for you having that bee landing on it! 🙂


  9. speak766 says:

    Beautiful pictures! Love the image of the bumblebee sitting right on top of the flower


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  11. Fascinating post, Sue.


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