Richard and I saw a beautiful wildflower at one of our walks at Panola Mountain State Park this past weekend that we had never seen before. (I am afraid that I really let out a whoop of delight since I saw it first!) After we got home, we identified it as a Fire Pink, it is also called a Catchfly...it is a Silene Virginica, in the Pink family (Caryophyllacae). I think you can see that
this flower is notched on the edges (sorry the photo is blurred, it was windy!). Do you notice that the USA postal stamp chose these PINKS for one of their Vintage Postage Seeds Forever stamps? I suppose they made sure that they put pink flowers for the PINKS but the color pink is not why they are called PINKS, they are called that due to the notched edging on the flower (for instance, carnations are in the same family of PINKS and you know that they come in many colors!) It might be easier to think of this when you think about pinking shears! I knew the wildflower that we saw had to be the Fire Pink, since I found a description of it and it said it was "strikingly beautiful". That description was spot-on. (As my English in-laws would say!)
Speaking of English expressions, I was amused by this kitten at the Panola Mountain Office. When I was told his name was "Parker", I had to laugh because it made me call him a Nosy Parker! He truly was into everything! I wonder why they have that expression "A nosy Parker" in England? I have never heard it here but I immediately thought of it for this little kitten! And Sarah, the young lady who works at Panola Mountain agreed that it suits this young male kitten perfectly! (She had never heard of the expression here either.) Richard doesn't use it much, I must have heard his mother say it...or perhaps I read it somewhere. Anyway, I looked it up and it seems that no one is truly sure of the origin, but they are quite certain of the meaning!
Okay now, be honest, did you know the meaning of the work "pink" in regards to flowers? And what about "Nosy Parker"? I am sure all my British friends know that one!
I must admit that I am a bit of a nosy Parker, and sometimes, I am a dozy old cow!
There's another expression for you!