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Hello People,

My favourite line in this poem is in the last stanza

O! if beauty could save thee, thou ne'er would'st decay,

- but the cycle of life and the chance of the courageous first is well covered - and our memories of beautiful flowers in our life fade oh so slowly - another favourite of mine.
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The First Rose of Summer
by: Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850)

'Tis the first rose of summer that ope's to my view,
With its bright crimson bosom all bathed in the dew;
It bows to its green leaves with pride from its throne,
'Tis the queen of the valley, and reigneth alone.

O! why, lovely stranger, thus early to bloom?
Art thou here to assure us that summer is come?
The primrose and harebell appear with the spring,
But tidings of summer the young roses bring.

Thou fair gift of nature, I welcome the boon;
Was't the lark of the morning that 'woke thee so soon?
Yet I weep, thou sweet floweret; for soon from the sky
The lark shall repose where thy leaves withered lie.

O! if beauty could save thee, thou ne'er would'st decay,
But, alas! soon thou'lt perish and wither away;
And thy kindred may blossom, and blossom as fair,
Yet I'll mourn, lonely rose-bud, when thou art not there.
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Hello to Everyone,

How is this for a lesson in gardening? From a child's eyes ... nice.

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Life of a Plant
by Risa Jordan

A plant will grow from a tiny seed,
Some water and sun is all you need.

First the roots grown underground,
They suck up minerals from all around.

Then come stems, some tall, some stout,
And next the branches spread about.

Leaves grow in all shapes and sizes,
Watch this new life as it rises.

Flowers bloom from buds on stems,
They are as pretty as precious gems.

Some plants give us juicy fruit,
Some have vegetables at the root.

New seeds travel to and fro,
By wind and water, on the go.

And the cycle keeps on going,
Soon new stems and leaves are showing.
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Do you have any poetry that you like that you will add? Please do.

Cheers now

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Hello again,

I have always liked Walter de la Mare - maybe it's the easy rhyming verse which is comfortable to read? Many think he is too childish to take seriously, but I am not one of them.

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Seeds

The seeds I sowed –
For weeks unseen –
Have pushed up pygmy
Shoots of green;
So frail you’d think
The tiniest stone
Would never let
A glimpse be shown.

But no; a pebble
Near them lies,
At least a cherry-stone
In size,
Which that mere sprout
Has heaved away,
To bask in sunshine,
See the Day.

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Have a great gardening week ahead - cheers now


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Hi one and all,

Here is a really nice tribute to Grandma by Lois E Felder

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Garden of Gold

I walk through the garden,
On this warm summer's day,
To smell the flowers,
That grandma raised.

In the middle,
Of this garden of gold,
Stood this one,
Single red stem rose,
The rose means so many things,
From the ones you receive on your wedding day,
To the one you get on Valentine's Day,
But this single rose standing here today,
Represents the love grandma gave.

From the love she gave,
When she planted it that day,
To the love she gave us,
Each and every day,
So when you pass this garden of gold,
Remember the love that this rose holds.

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Cheers - please join in and add your choices, thanks


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Hello Everyone,

It is well known that not many gardeners can choose a favourite favourite flower or plant ... there are just so many around that it is just impossible.

Every plant has a space in my heart. I am not an Iris fundi by any means, but they are really beautiful bulbs and relatively easy to grow in containers. Have you tried?

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Rainbow Treasure

I have found the treasure
That lies at the Rainbow's end;
Wealth beyond computing
Is mine to give or lend.

Opals of an April dawn,
Gold of a shimmering noon,
Amethysts of the sunset,
Pearls with the glow of the moon.

Would you like to share it?
There's more than enough for all
In my Iris Garden
Against a grey stone wall.

by Agnes Hayes Post

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Do you have a nice poem with a gardening theme to share?

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This is a very long poem. My nephew, an English prof, has posted it online because my darling niece and he had their first child just a week ago. And he is bursting with gratitude. The poem has a lot of gardening imagery in it, and I have chosen just some of it to share. I love the sheer exuberance of the language and feeling as though I'm in a garden.

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Ross Gay

thank you zinnia, and gooseberry, rudbeckia
and pawpaw, Ashmead’s kernel, cockscomb
and scarlet runner, feverfew and lemonbalm;
thank you knitbone and sweetgrass and sunchoke
and false indigo whose petals stammered apart
by bumblebees good lord please give me a minute;
and moonglow and catkin and crookneck
and painted tongue and seedpod and johnny jump-up;
thank you what in us rackets glad
what gladrackets us;

and thank you the way my father one time came back in a dream
by plucking the two cables beneath my chin
like a bass fiddle’s strings
and played me until I woke singing,
no kidding, singing, smiling,
thank you, thank you,
stumbling into the garden where
the Juneberry’s flowers had burst open
like the bells of French horns, the lily
my mother and I planted oozed into the air,
the bazillion ants labored in their earthen workshops
below, the collard greens waved in the wind
like the sails of ships, and the wasps
swam in the mint bloom’s viscous swill;

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Hello Mona,

How right you are when you say "I love the sheer exuberance of the language and feeling as though I'm in a garden..."

It is as if he has been reintroduced to the life force of the world through the birth of his child - and what better way to express those feelings of joy, gratitude and wonder than to use plants, flowers and the cycle of life that they represent.

The mention of his father and mother too looks backward as he looks forward; closes an immediate circle of family.

Thanks for this, the richness of the writing enables one to read it over and over again and get more from it each time.

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Dear Lestie,

How wonderful is this thread! I love the garden themed Poetry!

Fabulous!

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Hello Mary and Everyone,

Thanks for your comments - yep! It's great and I so enjoy ferreting around for poems to add.

Here is another short poem with some commentary underneath - it refers to one of my favourite plants whichever version you go for, I like and grow them both with much easy maintenance and success.
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Hen and Chickens

by John Carroll.

The "Hen" is in the garden,
And the "Chickens" are there, too;
They've travelled far to get here,
Across the ocean blue.

Of course, they do no scratching,
The reason is they can't;
They're not like other chickens,
For they are just a plant.

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By the way, what we call Hen and Chicken here in SA is a very different plant from that you call Hen and Chicks in the US. Ours is often confused with the spider plant (leaves are so similar) and the botanical name for ours is Chlorophytum comosum.

Your Hens and chicks are members of the Sempervivum group of succulent plants and are also known as houseleeks. The botanical name for these is Sempervivum tectorum.

Both plants in different ways have a main plant (the hen) that produces numerous offshoots (the chicks).

Regardless ... I think the poem is sweet, I hope you like it too.

Why not add one of your own?

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Back to unabashed thankfulness, I have to explain that Ross Gay isn't my nephew, though he may be a former colleague. My nephew posted the poem because it so wonderfully expressed his joy and thankfulness and connection to everything.

Yesterday a friend and I were walking in the grounds of a stately home and I was thinking how lovely it would be soon when there were snowdrops, then crocuses and lots of daffodils. And what should I see but the shoots of a patch of daffs! Which had me thinking first of all, that this could be a bit unwise as the cold weather and frosts aren't over yet. But secondly, how lovely they were in Wales where there would be masses of them growing wild, usually in time for St David's day. I don't think I've ever seen 10,000! But I'm with Wordsworth in the feeling.

Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

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