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Thalictrum and Cimicifuga, Jonathan Galassi

29 Mar

Thalictrum and Cimicifuga, Jonathan Galassi

Thalictrum and Cimicifuga,
married for life:
“I love your filigreed purply curls.”
“I love your pompous white spikes.”

Look at them swaying there out in the wind,
bowed by the nastiest weather:
always reverting to genus
and always together.

This poem references two plant genera: Thalictrum and Cimicifuga, both from the family Ranunculaceae.   Each genus has numerous different species, literally hundreds.

My interpretation: Thalictrum and Cimicifuga enjoy a lasting love because they appreciate the differences between them.  Despite the pressures and challenges they face, when stressed so that their dissimilarities become wide or difficult they step up the ladder from their widest differences (species) and focus on their smallest differences, just below their common denominator/point of similarity/connection (genus).

I would love to hear your interpretation of this poem!.

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What’s This I See? It’s Not A Bee!

27 Mar

What’s This I See? It’s Not a Bee!

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What’s this I see?
It’s not a bee!
It skims the blossoms gracefully
and flies at sleepy summer’s pace
to each up-lifted flower’s face.

Oh ladybug I wish you joy
as you complete your garden chores.
I’d like to put aside my work
and join you in the out-of-doors!

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This joyful poem was printed on a tissue box.  The copyright reads:  © Irving Tissue, Inc. (Kimberly-Clark Tissue Company ®).  The author is not named.

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You might also like: Ladybug Love

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A Moveable Feast

10 Mar

Spring waits for no man.  My vegetable seeds are calling to me from the garage, wailing “Plant me noowww“.  In my last post I mentioned I am renting a house until I find the right one to buy.  As such, I have been researching a garden bed that I can plant, tend and then pack up and take with me when it’s time to go.  It needs to be light, easy to move and extremely affordable. I thought I’d share some of the ideas I came across in my research.

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Idea #1:  A Truck Garden.  Great mobility.  Maybe a bit…too much.

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Part of a project by film makers
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis.
Photo from www.greenupgraders.com

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