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For National Poetry Month I made a personal challenge to write a haiku a day based on my California Native Plant garden. After rereading them tonight I thought I would share a few of my favorites for Poetry Friday.


Catalina Ironwood

beneath feathered bark
alligator lizards hide
blue jays go hungry

Woolly Blue Curls

royal fuzzy blue
ballarina Arabesque
dancing with the bees


Mountain Mahogany

from exploding seeds
sparkling feathers light the sky
somewhere a child smiles

Western Redbud

spring unleashed, it blooms
pink kisses flirt with the sun
Kool-Aid explosion

Flannel Bush

careful where you plant
giant sunshine on a stick
where did that house go?

All poems @copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009

If you want to read the complete list, you can find them here.

Maya Ganeson is doing the Poetry Friday round-up over at allegro
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 22 comments — Leave comment )
May 1st, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
from Laura at Author Amok
Susan -- I love the flannel bush haiku. How did the plant get that strange name?
May 2nd, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: from Laura at Author Amok
Isn't that the oddest name for a plant you shouldn't touch?
May 1st, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Love all of these. Perfect pictures, perfect poems. Woolly blue curls makes me smile. I learned a lot about different plants last month, too. Thank you!
May 2nd, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading along with me, Jama. Your support and comments always brighten my day.
May 1st, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
I remember Mountain Mahogany. I think I commented to the original post. Thanks for posting the others as well.
May 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading along with me. It was a fun project.
May 1st, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the redbud made it into the top five! :)
May 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when I picked that one.
May 1st, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
These are lovely!! Thanks. Jone
May 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading, Jone.
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May 2nd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful May basket! Thank you so much. I have never had a May basket left on my porch in my entire life. That makes this one extra special.
May 1st, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos and poetry! Love the Western Redbud the best!
May 2nd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly! It's one of my favorites too.
May 2nd, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Wow! Congrats on sticking with the haiku project all the way through. And another wow and congrats on your native plant garden. Are alll 30 of your haikus about plants in your very own garden? If so, another wow!
May 2nd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
All but 2 plants are in my yard and they will be soon. Purple Needlegrass isn't there yet because I kept forgetting to pick it up and Wooly Blue Curls wasn't available once I found a space for it. I'm hoping to get them both this weekend.

I have a very small standard yard but taking out both lawns gave me room enough for all these goodies.
May 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on such a wonderful month of garden haiku! I have enjoyed them all. The flannel bush one here is my favorite for today. Great photos too!
May 3rd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think the flannel bush is one of my favorites too. :)
May 4th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
These are really wonderful -- I especially love the Kool-aid explosion. Great pics too!
May 5th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May 5th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
From Poe
What beautiful pics. Where did you get them?
May 5th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: From Poe
Thanks Poe. Some are from friends. Some I took.
July 9th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I am from Michigan and have never seen this flannel bush...wow, how pretty!
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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.

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