Gardens

Fern Garden

swords pointing upright soft fronds curling

out of the ground

turn hard sharp then bend

bird’s nest

ruffled and feathered

soft under the rhododendron

Water Garden

wet with salamanders and frogs

hiding in the lily pads

bog bean taking over

hard slate waterfall 

needs watercress between cracks

or flow again the dry creek bed

Vegetable Garden

wintered over the arugula and beets

one chard plant survived the snow

time to plant more greens some peas

these beds are ready from last fall’s harvest

now sun is warming their cold soil

plant the radish and watch it grow

Flower Garden

primroses always the first to show

nursery bed with more hellebore 

cut back the fuchsia before it blooms

hummingbirds bumblebees search branches

lavender iris lilies galore

plant more hyacinth let its fragrance flow

Who can work these gardens?

Feel the earth between tired hands?

Feed the roots and make them flower?

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Gardens

So Many Tomatoes

 

Large Red Tomato

Heirloom tomato

Since 1843 and most popular

Commonly planted

Juicy but meaty

My favorite for biting

Or slicing

Heirloom tomato

Large Red Tomato

 

Abraham Lincoln Tomato

Early Abe

How many presidents have

A tomato named for them

Plant it early for early fruit

Watch it produce

Almost a bushel

Early Abe

Abraham Lincoln Tomato

 

Glacier Tomato

Cold weather tomato

For northern gardens

With threat of early frost

And as its name implies

Will not stop bearing

When others die

Cold weather tomato

Glacier tomato

 

Delicious Tomato

What a flavor

Regardless

of size

Or shape or stem

Results that all

want in the end

What a flavor

Delicious Tomato

 

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NaPoWriMo prompt on names of plants in seed catalogs

 

 

So Many Tomatoes