Freesias—word of the day


A wire chair and wiry freesias in a blue glass vase

Strange word, “freesias”, don’t you agree? If you didn’t know what it meant, it could mean anything. (Well that’s true of any word, come to think of it.)

Feel free to fiddle with “freesias” as a writing prompt or in any way you choose. Fleece it of meaning, free it of heestory, whatever!

12 thoughts on “Freesias—word of the day

  1. Alien Resort says:

    I googled it.

  2. Cathy Cade says:

    my favourite flowers – as long as they’re the smelly kind (they don’t all have a perfume).

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I was surprised to discover that the purple ones in the photo did have a scent. I agree, they seem a bit pointless when scent has been sacrificed for colour in the breeding.

  3. I do love freesias, funny name and all. 🙂

  4. Su Leslie says:

    When my mother first came to NZ from Scotland, she couldn’t quite believe that freesias grow so abundantly, and apparently wild. She used to sneak out and pick huge bunches of them, convinced she was engaged in some criminal act (which she probably was) but so entranced by their bouquet she did it anyway.
    But more importantly (to me) — who made your beautiful vase? It looks like a Keith Grinter or Dave Traub piece in terms of colour and pattern, but the shape is new to me and rather wonderful.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I am ashamed to tell you that I have forgotten the name of the glass sculptor in Nelson area who made this glorious blue vase. I will ask my daughter-in-law.

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      What a gorgeous story about your mother “stealing” freesias. I feel her joy! About the vase. Alas, I bought it from an astonishing secondhand shop in Ranfurly when I did the Otago Rail Trail with family for my 70th birthday. Provenance unknown. Any help gratefully received. It’s a favourite for sure.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        I think I know the shop. Small-town second hand shops are one of my weaknesses.
        It is a stunning vase whoever made it 😀

  5. Freesias, a particular favourite, I am hoping for a bumper crop very soon. I agree that is a beautiful vase and perfect for the job.

  6. hilarymb says:

    Hi Rachel – I agree the vase is stunning – but the image really does do the freesias justice … wiry. They are beautiful – true South African flowers .. memories … wonderful clever post!! – Cheers Hilary

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Well if you are saying it instead of reading it you might have it sound “Free Sia!” Then we would all start to wonder who Sia was and why she/he was imprisoned. Pretty soon you could have t-shirts made up.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Go for it!

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