A Hidden Jack


What is this in the place where flowers bloom and dahlias wait their turn?

A weed perchance, its leaves an oversized green?

It must come out, but wait, there is something hiding there,

something I have not seen before.  

I lift its head and experience a sense of familiarity.

I look and think, and then I know.  It is the same image as in one of my favorite Georgia O’Keeffe series called Jack-in-the-Pulpit which she painted in the early 1930’s.

Do you think she saw what I am seeing?

 Did she stumble upon it by accident? 

Did she know what surprise this big leafed plant held in secret?

Oh, how she captured this hidden wonder and made it come alive for all those who may never see.

Joining This Week in My Garden,  Outdoor Wednesday and Alphabet Thursday‘s letter  J

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28 thoughts on “A Hidden Jack

  1. There stands a little man in the deep dark woods,
    He has a purple head and a velvet hood.
    Do you see him standing there?
    Silently without a care.
    There stands a little man in the deep dark woods.

    Now that was from a long time ago! Thanks for the memory!
    I can remember that, but not where I put my keys!

      • I never thought about the calla lily and the jack-in-the-pulpit being related. Let’s check on that because there are similarities though the calla is not so timid about showing itself.

    • Hi, I am so happy to see the words to this song. I remember singing it in music at my elementary school in 1958. I remembered the first line, but that was all until now. I did remember the music teacher saying it was a song about a jack-in-the-pulpit. You just made my day!!!

  2. Jack? Is that what they are? didn’t know that. learn something new today. thanks!

    I love Georgia O’Keeffe works especially the flower series.

    hope your day is sweet.

  3. Love your photos. The Jack in the Pulpit is amazing. I’m not sure they would survive Indiana winters but so nice to get to see them.Hope you will come by and see my newest find. Blessings, Debbie

  4. OK now I am REALLY confused. I wrote a reply, it came up as our blog not accidentally so I left my link for the paint splash, now it’s the only one showing… Anyway, I love your flowers and especially the Jack in the Pulpit. Hope you will come by and see my newest find. Blessings, Debbie

  5. Oooo, I’ve seen those before, but didn’t know what they were called! I’ve got to see about getting some of those for my garden! 🙂 I came by via Susan’s party, but I missed it myself. I took pics of my pergola all dressed up this afternoon (with the 2 hour lull in the rain), and I REALLY hope you’ll stop by and take a peak, and let me know what you think of the progress! 🙂
    xo,
    A

  6. What a wonderful surprise to find in your garden! I love Geogia O’Keefe’s work~ What a delightful garden and J post! Glad you’re joining in the alphabet fun 🙂

    Good luck with your 15 tables~ I’m sure they will be creatively conceived & artistically executed!

  7. How lucky to find one of these beauties! I re-planted some of my wildflower areas this year, but the weather is not cooperating 😦 all I see is lots of weeds. Even my normal regulars (many are not wild) are not doing well this year. My first visit, stopping over from Candy’s party.

  8. There stands a little man in the deep dark woods
    He wears a purple cloak and a small black hood
    Do you see him standing there in the cloak he likes to wear
    Do you see him standing in the deep dark woods.

    He stands there on one leg bending to and fro
    And all that he can do is to stand and grow
    Do you see him standing there silently without a care
    Do you see him standing in the deep dark woods.

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