Tag: Garden Poetry

Gardens and Gratitude

grateful today
for perennials
that grow and bloom
through so many
different years

the wildflowers
we did not plant
yet found a place here

the formal gardens
we see in the area
and their serene beauty
what work there must be
to offer this view
as we drive by on our way

warm August morning

warm August morning
orange lilies bloomed
and now rest – hosta too
today a red cardinal
visits the birch tree
in a garden with
red geranium flowers

These are a few of my haiku with birds, over the seasons and years.

birds in the painting
from the thrift store
forever in flight

how small the song
of an unknown bird
quiet memories

time for lunch
cardinals by a pumpkin
in the garden

near the garage
on a cold March day
bird songs

robin in a daylily

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yard work

for the begonia

and hosta petals
on the lawn

small vase of daylilies
for the sunroom

goldenrod grows tall
above the windowsill

bees, butterflies, and
hummingbirds visit
by the windows

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daylilies begin

daylilies begin
to bloom in sun
all the years
they grow, flower,
wait through winter
and return again

Karl has taken great care with the hosta and lilies through the years. They grow close to our old house. We keep the path to the back door clear, which means a few bouquets for the house. We have a well, and do not water the gardens. What is there grows well.

Ellen Grace Olinger – 2015

not always sure and yet I know

not always sure
when one flower
leaves the stage
and another begins
I look up from a page
or from the kitchen window
and purple phlox are gone
daylilies and hosta soon

not always sure
and yet I know
in winter
how gardens
will grow in time
from frozen earth
to snowdrops
lilies and goldenrod

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day grows more clear

day grows more clear
primroses grow past
the flower garden


primroses growing
from garden to lawn
deep decades of roots
strengthen my faith
for new dreams

Published in SMILE, 2012

Karl mows around the primroses until their flowers are past for the year. And the primroses return every year. We did not plant them, and are grateful for how they grow in different places in the yard.

Photos by Karl – May 2020