This lovely fall surprise blooms after the plant's leaves have withered away. Its spring-like beauty is in contrast to the autumn reds, oranges and golds of our trees and shrubs. We all have met people who still bloom like a fresh spring flower as they get older. This poem by Robert Browning inspired a song with a similar title by John Lennon. And the fall crocus illustrates both poems beautifully.
Grow Old along with Me
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in His hand Who saith "A whole I planned, Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!"
Grow Old With Me
Grow old along with me The best is yet to be When our time has come We will be as one God bless our love God bless our love
Grow old along with me Two branches of one tree Face the setting sun When the day is done God bless our love God bless our love
Spending our lives together Man and wife together World without end World without end
Grow old along with me Whatever fate decrees We will see it through For our love is true God bless our love God bless our love