Delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)

delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red) Card
While I was making the little tent card on the blog a couple of days ago, the tall flower spikes in the JOFY stamp set reminded me of the blue delphiniums we used to have in the garden and a poem I used to love reading when I was small. I was from the wonderful world of AA Milne, he of  Winne the Pooh  fame and was called 'Now we are Six' .  Its packed full of the most fabulous poems, all of which I loved but this one was always my favourite, so I thought I'd share it all with you. 
The Doormouse and the Doctor
There once was a Dormouse who lived in a bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),

And all the day long he'd a wonderful view

Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).
A Doctor came hurrying round, and he said:

"Tut-tut, I am sorry to find you in bed.

Just say 'Ninety-nine' while I look at your chest...

Don't you find that chrysanthemums answer the best?" 
The Dormouse looked round at the view and replied

(When he'd said "Ninety-nine") that he'd tried and he'd tried,

And much the most answering things that he knew

Were geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)
The Doctor stood frowning and shaking his head,

And he took up his shiny silk hat as he said:

"What the patient requires is a change," and he went

To see some chrysanthemum people in Kent.
The Dormouse lay there, and he gazed at the view

Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue),

And he knew there was nothing he wanted instead

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).
The Doctor came back and, to show what he meant,

He had brought some chrysanthemum cuttings from Kent.

"Now these," he remarked, "give a much better view
Than geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)."
They took out their spades and they dug up the bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),

And they planted chrysanthemums (yellow and white).

"And now," said the Doctor, "we'll soon
                        have you right."
The Dormouse looked out, and he said with a sigh:

"I suppose all these people know better than I.

It was silly, perhaps, but I did like the view

Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)."
The Doctor came round and examined his chest,

And ordered him Nourishment, Tonics, and Rest.

"How very effective," he said, as he shook
The thermometer, 
"all these chrysanthemums look!"
The Dormouse turned over to shut out the sight

Of the endless chrysanthemums (yellow and white).

"How lovely," he thought, "to be back in a bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red.)"

The Doctor said, "Tut! It's another attack!"

And ordered him Milk and Massage-of-the-back
And Freedom-from-worry and Drives-in-a-car,

And murmured, "How sweet your chrysanthemums are!"
The Dormouse lay there with his paws to his eyes,

And imagined himself such a pleasant surprise:

"I'll pretend the chrysanthemums turn to a bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)!"
The Doctor next morning was rubbing his hands,

And saying, "There's nobody quite understands

These cases as I do! The cure has begun!

                                     How fresh the chrysanthemums look in the sun!"
The Dormouse lay happy, his eyes were so tight

He could see no chrysanthemums, yellow or white.

And all that he felt at the back of his head
Were delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).

And that is the reason (Aunt Emily said)

If a Dormouse gets in a chrysanthemum bed,

You will find (so Aunt Emily says) that he lies

Fast asleep on his front with his paws to his eyes

Lovely isn't it .........  I'll share some pics of our workshop day with you tomorrow and some fabulously spooky samples from Lyn too so until then, enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-) 


  1. Very cute Clare and I love your little poem/story!! I just got home it's 11:30 p.m. from my crop, got 4 more pages finished!!! Hooray and had fun as well!!! Take care, will be checking to see your new post and seeing if there is a new video as well!!

  2. Ohhh, I used to have the entire collection! (ok, who am I kidding... I still do! lol) My favourite was always "BAD SIR BRIAN BOTANY" from the "When we were very young" book. It was just so daft! And to this day, I still rattle off "Forgiven" every time I see a beetle! lol.
    I was so obsessed with the Milne as a kid, my parents nicknamed me "Pooh Bear", which has also stuck.

    So naturally, I LOVE your frame, and thank you for the trip down memory lane. x

  3. Sweet poetry. A.A.Milne was a wonderful writer. What ever would we do, without Winnie the Pooh?
    Thanks for sharing, Jess

  4. Super card - Love this poem - but also love Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too!!

  5. Hi Clare, A stunning card and a really lovely poem.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  6. Very pleasing card...and a lovely poem with a message to appreciate that which we already have. Thanks!