Sunday, February 21, 2016

Odd Corner



Caladium comes up in
An odd nook, a corner
In sun and shade--
A decision made in
Tropism, inarguable.
A crowd of leaves,
Earlike, listen to a
Logic of soil and light.
This gardener never
Disturbs what is
So soundly right.

17 comments:

  1. A plant knows where to grow. Sometimes one is very astonished to see which place it has chosen - why here, and not a bit more in the sun?
    I have to admit that sometimes I do interfere - but most often I let them grow where they like, try to correct gently, if necessary, and trust that its decision will be OK.

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    1. When I retired from commercial gardening 7 years ago, I found myself following plants around instead of forcing them into formation.

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  2. I love "Earlike, listen to a
    Logic of soil and light." Very graphic AND poetic.

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  3. The Caladium fills its nook wonderfully. It is good that you also listen.

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    1. I can't hear as well as a caladium leaf but watch and learn.

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  4. I love to see plants pop up where I would least expect them. I always leave them alone (except if it is orange), because I think Mother Nature knows more than me.

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    1. Arleen, you and I are definitely earthlings!

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  5. What a great image--"...a crowd of leaves earlike" listening to "...logic of solid and light..." Terrific!

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    1. Thanks, Tom. The image was inescapable.

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  6. I love your description of the Caladium. If you leave Mother nature to do what she does best, you get some pretty surprises sometimes.
    JB

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    1. Pretty surprises are my favorite kind.

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  7. I think plants will often 'tell' you what they do and don't like.
    Our weather in Perth has been terribly hot this summer and some plants are right out of kilter and flowering longer than usual or even doing it twice in a couple of months.

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    1. Plants and people alike are hoping the weather stabilizes soon.

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  8. We share hot climates, is growing vines on a lattice work possible where you live and what would you recommend for a fast growing vine.

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    1. I've always enjoyed grape arbors but lately prefer working at shoulder-height. Honeysuckle climbs itself to fence-height and draws hummingbirds, so I like that too.

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