A Rose By Any Other Name #writephoto #flashfiction

Sue’s #writephoto prompt this week is 

‘It is you, Daisy. I thought it was when you ducked down.’

‘Is that you, Daisy?’

‘Yes, I’m over by Daisy. Can you see me waving?’

‘Got you. Coming over. My pot’s a bit of a drag.’

‘You’re in a pot?’

‘I know, get me.’

‘So what’s with the ducking?’

‘That bloody man…’

‘The director?’

‘Yes him. I don’t mind him shouting at me, telling me to wave my leaves, even flutter my petals but when he shouts “Cut!” Well my stalk just goes limp. Makes me think of scythes.’

’Ghastly. Poor you.’

’I wasn’t sure about this gig anyway. Heard about it from Daisy. You know Daisy?’

‘White petals? Sleek green stem? Cute little leaves?’

‘That’s her. Anyway she and Daisy were having their compost refreshed…’

‘Surely Daisy doesn’t need that yet? She looks so bushy.’

‘You’d be surprised. This drought has made us all a little friable…’

‘Tell me about it. I was talking to Daisy the other day and she’d not been watered in a week.’


‘All limp she was. Dreadful state. Yellow around the gills, leaves going crisp….’


‘I know. Anyway, Daisy told me they were filming this advert for hairspray and they were short of a few Daisies so I had a word with the girls…’

‘Are the others here?’

‘Oh yes. See, there’s Daisy…’

‘Who’s she talking to?’

‘Oh haven’t you met? That’s Daisy. Look if I wasn’t one of the anchors…’

‘Have they planted you?’

‘Fraid so. Look, drag yourself over and ask Daisy to introduce you.’

‘Oh I don’t know. I don’t really know Daisy and she may not remember me…’

‘Silly thing. Everyone recognises you. You couldn’t be more Daisy if you tried.’

‘Alright. I will…’

‘Before you go… a word in your stamens.’


‘They’re about to cast the bouquet for the Royal wedding. I know they need another Daisy. If you’re interested?’

‘Oh Daisy. That would be fab.’

‘I told them all about you.’

‘What did you say?’

‘Don’t be silly, darling. I can’t possibly tell you.’


‘Can’t have you blushing on us, can we?’

‘Quite. Disaster.’

‘We’d have to call you Rose!’

‘Oh you tease!’ 

‘Better get on. They’ll be calling the Daisies in a mo and we don’t  want to miss our cue, do we.’

‘No. That director is such a tyrant. If I don’t see you before you’re pruned, I’ll catch you next spring.’

‘Chelsea Flower Show?’

‘Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Love to Daisy.’

‘Thanks. Byeeee.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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32 Responses to A Rose By Any Other Name #writephoto #flashfiction

  1. Ritu says:

    This is so funny! Reminds me of our last trip to Center Parcs when the squirrels were numerous. We named one Winston. From then on, every squirrel was Winston #43 or Winston#645 etc!!!


  2. Daftest bit of fun I’ve read in a while 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Haha! You really kept this going, Geoff. A bouquet of fun, and not a weed anywhere. Happy weekend hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Funny Geoff. Great stuff

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Great story, Geoff, and your photo is as if the daisies in the grass reflect clouds in the sky.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sue Vincent says:

    Some creatures share a name for a reason….that’s why all flies are Slavic and named Fuckov…

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  7. Clever and humorous! You is gettin better’n’better!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. JT Twissel says:

    Water the poor daisies!!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. How many hair salon conversations have you listened in on, anyway?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. willowdot21 says:

    And what do they call a male Daisy? 💜


  11. This one left me dazed Geoff. Fun way to start the day.

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  13. hellolauren528 says:

    What a very different take on this! Loved it!

    Liked by 1 person

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