Coolest of greens;
Wakes up the senses with its bite.
Spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint,
Rose scented geranium and Colocasia
Calms and invigorates,
Cleans and relaxes,
Soothes and strengthens.
Columbine with Vinca
Color of life,
Growth and regeneration;
Calm and collected,
Apple mint with Japanese painted fern
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
With appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for her
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Tags: Autumn Garden, Blue Hawaii, Colocasia, Columbine, Ferns, Forest Garden, Mint, One Word Photo Challenge: Black
Colocasia, “Blue Hawaii”
I would love to join a “Dirty Hands” Garden Club;
One whose members know more about fertilizers
Than they do about wines…
A gift of Glads, from a sister gardener…
I’d want our meetings spent wandering through nurseries,
Learning from expert gardeners,
Or building community gardens…
Bumblebee on Lantana
Not frittered away in chit chat over hors d’oeuvres .
Bumblebee on Basil
And all of us would be at least a little expert in something,
Glad to share what we’ve learned;
Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea
And we all would love putting our hands in the dirt
To help something grow.
Eastern Redbud Tree seedpods
My club would collect species, not dues;
Re-build ecosystems rather than plant ivy and box.
Blue dragonfly on Lantana
We “dirty hands” gardeners can band together
In spirit, if not in four walls.
We can share plants and insights,
Instigate, propagate, and appreciate;
Rooted Begonia cutting resting on a bowl of Pitcherplants
Perhaps we can even help rehabilitate
Some sterile lawn somewhere
Into something which nurtures beauty
And feeds souls….
A gift of Siberian Iris, from Barbara, growing in a new section of the garden.
Others can judge flowers,
Decorate homes at Christmas
And organize tours.
These things are needed, too.
(But I would rather be out in the garden;
Where cardinals preside over the morning meeting,
And hummingbirds are our special guests for the day.
The daily agenda ranges from watering to transplanting;
From pruning to watching for turtles and dragonflies.)
We wear our muddy shoes and well worn gloves with pride,
Our spades and pruners always close at hand.
We converse with Nature,
And re-build the web strand by strand,
Plant by plant.
If this invitation speaks to you,
Perhaps we can work together,
From wherever we might find ourselves
Around the globe.
We can each put our hands in the dirt
and create a garden,
And restore health and vitality to our Earth, together.
Does a “Dirty Hands” Garden Club
Appeal to you?
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Tags: Blue Hawaii, Colocasia, Dragonfly, eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, Forest Garden, Garden Club, Gardening in Williamsburg, Hibiscus moscheutos, Poetry, Summer garden, Virginia, wildlife gardening, Wildlife photography