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  • The olive orchards of Sampaolo are just so many wildernesses of wild flowers: violets, anemones, narcissus; irises, white ones and purple ones; daffodils, which we call asphodels; hyacinths, tulips, arums, orchids -- oh, but a perfect riot of wild flowers.

    The Lady Paramount

  • We were confronted with an acre of bog asphodels; thousands of golden, flowering spears radiant in the sunshine.

    Country diary: Forest-in-Teesdale

  • She WAS ethereal, sublimated by purity, as shy and modest as a violet, as fragile-slender as a lily, and her eyes, luminous and shrinking tender, were as asphodels on the sward of heaven.


  • We were confronted with an acre of bog asphodels; thousands of golden, flowering spears radiant in the afternoon sunshine.

    Country diary: Forest-in-Teesdale

  • And if they drink turbid water, they recall, passing through fields of asphodels, past sorrows that sleep within them.

    Happy Autumn Weekend!

  • Now he has crowned the occasion, she thought, when his hand slowly fell, as if she had seen him let fall from his great height a wreath of violets and asphodels which, fluttering slowly, lay at length upon the earth.

    To the Lighthouse

  • The wall opposite the entry was a floor-to-ceiling artificial window with a holo of a springtime meadow on Earth featuring a grazing black stallion, a venerable tree with fresh leaves trembling in a breeze, and droves of cyclamen and asphodels blooming around a stone fence.

    Perseus Spur

  • A chestnut mare had joined the black stallion, and a long-legged colt was frolicking in the illusionary sunshine, trampling the asphodels.

    Perseus Spur

  • Baby donkeys with bulbous and uncertain legs munched among the asphodels.

    My Family and Other Animals

  • Trying to find solid mental ground and forget that hollow armor lying in the field of asphodels, he began to theorize.

    Three Hearts and Three Lions


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