Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Yellow Lady Banksia


Today is Theme Day, and participants in the City Daily Photo Blogs post a photo of the color YELLOW.

The Lady Banksia Rose, especially the yellow Lady Banksia, blooms all over Selma in early April.

In fact, it was on April 2, 1865, that Lady Banksia rosebush shed its petals over the corpse of the Presbyterian preacher. Earlier that Sunday, the Rev. Arthur Small preached his regular sermon at the church despite the boom of cannons in the distance. When Union Gen. J.H. Wilson's cavalry entered town later than afternoon, the the Rev. Small joined other townspeople to help defend Selma. The Yankees destroyed much of the town and burned its Naval Foundry and Ironworks, the second largest in the Confederacy next to Richmond, Va.

But the good preacher took a Yankee bullet, and he was laid out on the church manse beneath a Lady Banksia rosebush. Soon, attending parishioners noticed that the bush had shed its delicate petals atop his body, a testimony to their grief.

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16 comments:

Jim said...

Very pretty and a nice story.

Kathleen said...

Oh I have never heard this one!
Thanks my friend!!

Halcyon said...

Beautiful!

Kate said...

Fascinating story! The photo is a "sweet" one...lovely and delicate.

Jilly said...

My favourite rose. I love the story. it grows in white or yellow, double or single - all so beautiful and when it climbs into a tree and falls, such beauty. A lovely photograph.

Rambling Round said...

Kathleen, Apparently the story hasn't made it to Plantersville yet! This story is in one of Kathryn Windham's book, and the reverend's ghost sometimes appears to tell his story in Old Live Oak Cemetery "ghost" tours. He is buried there.

Rambling Round said...

Hi Jilly, I have seen both the yellow and white roses around here. I have had a hard time getting a good photo this year of the entire shrub, because we have had so much rain that some of the roses are shattering while others are about to bloom. Thanks for your comment.

Lois said...

Nice story and the great theme day post!

Felicia said...

What a beautiful and delicate rose! I used to work at a place where in the spring we had "Rose Day" where many people would bring in roses from their gardens for all to admire. Then at the end of the day we would all get to take home a rose or two. The smell in the room was heaven scent. :)

marley said...

It looks so delicate. What a perfect choice :)

Bergson said...

a great sht fr this theme day

Jana said...

Great story and photo. :)

Tash said...

Absolutely lovely. You have me humming Rambling Rose, Rambling Round.

Ben said...

I also have yellow banksia rose. They are tiny but pretty.

J.C. said...

These roses are beautiful!!

I also posted flowers for Theme Day. Mine are orchids. You are welcome to visit my city daily photo blog!

:o) Wish you a great weekend ahead!

P/S The comments in Chinese by Hua is actually promoting pornography sites. I didn't know it until I got my sister to read it for me.

My site has been hit with the same comments too. To prevent it from happening, allow visitors' comments to be published after your approval. Or else, you will receive such comments on your blog every day.

Rambling Round said...

Thanks J.C. I figured they were SPAM and had been deleting them as soon I saw them but missed this one. I'll take your advice!