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There's one thing you should know about this plant before you plant it in your garden - it actually shows up on lists of plants you should consider for security purposes around house. Roses have nothing compared to the thorns on these babies. We have three of them planted next to the house of evil. It's a beautiful plant with long, tubular flowers which are pollinated by hummingbirds.

The brainstorm

pink pendants hang low
pink ladies wait
pink necklace
protected by the thorns
protected by thorny swords
sweet nectar
thorny swords guard the nectar
no fear
no deer
hummers have no fear
pink pendants hang low
thorny swords guard sweet nectar
painted pink ladies beckon
hummers have no fear

Fuschia-flowered gooseberry
thorns guard sweet nectar
only the brave win reward
hummers have no fear

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 10, 2009
@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009

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( 9 comments — Leave comment )
April 11th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
What a beautiful photo and haiku!
May 1st, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Ack----I missed some responses. I apologize. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.
April 11th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
I think this is my favorite haiku so far!

I'm wondering if these would grow on the Gulf Coast- I've never had any luck with regular fuschias.
May 1st, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Thank you. If not these, then perhaps you have your own native fuschia?

April 13th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! I'd love to see the hummers with these blooms!
May 1st, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
I can't wait until they get tall enough for the hummers to reach them easily. I have heard that a hummer will often claim one for the summer. I can only hope. :)
April 14th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Lion's Tail
I have a Lion's Tail (aka Jerusalem Sage) that I love. Do you have any of these to wax poetic over?
April 14th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Lion's Tail
Alas no Lion's Tail in my yard as it isn't a California Native plant. Maybe you should write that one! :)
April 14th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Lion's Tail
Hmmm. You're right. It's native to So. Africa. I thought it was native here.Thanks for telling me. Okay, so I'll take the summer-dry landscaping plants on and leave you all the CA natives.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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