Gardening

Lovingly nurture–

tend garden’s earthen bounty.

Joy transmits to both

plantings and humans alike,

Hibiscus smiles at the sun.

This is my entry for Potluck # 14 describing my pastime/hobby of gardening.

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  1. Very nice.

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  2. Ah-ha! Now I see what you and Ed have in common!
    Transmitting joy, yes! :)
    And a green thumb to boot.
    Blessed friends have I!

    Got any dung, btw? I’m feeling a little weak down in my knotty knees today. ;)

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    • What a nice thing for you to say, UT! I do seem to have a green thumb. I inherited it from my grandmother–she had two of them. :)

      Sorry your knotty knees are feeling weakish–some fresh dung might just do the trick.

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  3. Oh, so true and so beautiful. Thanks!

    Great potluck – fine hobby and interest – as is transmitting joy with your poems and photographs.

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    • I do love gardening, Jamie. It gives me joy to give to the plants and they give it back to me–wonderful relationship! :)

      I’m glad I can give a little joy through my writing and photos too–it comes back as well. Isn’t that cool how that works!

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  4. Jingle

     /  December 13, 2010

    love it.
    elegant or perfect.

    A++

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  5. Jessica

     /  December 13, 2010

    Your passion comes across very clearly here – well done! I like the idea of joy transmitting.

    http://jessicasjapes.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/ice-cream/

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    • So happy you enjoyed this, Jessica. I love the idea of joy transmitting too–that’s exactly how it works for me.

      Now let me go see what you wrote about ice cream! :)

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  6. thats what gardening is nurturing our soul along with the plants we nurture.

    that flower is really pretty :)

    lots of love

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    • It absolutely nourishes my soul to nurture plants. I do get so much joy from it. That’s a hibiscus flower. Unfortunately, that plant froze from the harsh winter last year–it could not be revived.

      Lots of love for you too. :)

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      • That photo is old? i thought its fresh. Yes i know, hibiscus is one of the most common flowers in Hindu households.

        The bright red, smaller type is extremely common here. I love that dazzling red colour of those flowers and they bloom in dozens at a time :)

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      • We had one of those bright red colored ones in our yard when growing up. My mother has a lovely yellowish orange colored one growing in her front yard now. They are prolific bloomers–even through the winters (usually) but last year was too cold for it–even covering it up didn’t save it.

        My garden might have to start all over again if this year’s cold does even more damage than last year. :(

        Oh well, that’s the way of nature.

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      • these shrubs really bloom very easily and dont fuss too much. We had quite a handful of them at home.

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      • They are very easy to care for–not much needed at all. What’s so wonderful about them are the amount of blooms that they put forth. And such beauty…

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      • yes, they dont need much care if they are planted on ground, we just used to give some fertilizer once in a while, and they bloomed all over :)

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      • That’s exactly how easy they are to care for–water and a little fertilizer now and then–you get so much for your little effort.

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      • the flowers are exceptionally beautifull too, i love their looks very much.

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      • Me too. The only drawback the hibiscus has is that they don’t last long after picking them. Not even in water–so you can’t bring them in the house to enjoy. Best to leave them on the plant and enjoy them there. :)

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      • there is only one variety of hibiscus that stays fresh for a day after being plucked, others fade away very quickly.

        in india the red ones are used in puja, others are just left in the trees. they look better there any way, any flower as a matter of fact. :)

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      • Yes, they do better attached to the bushes. Sometimes, I can’t resist bringing a bouquet of flowers in the house to enjoy though. None out there right now–too cold. Except for one of my orchids that still has a bunch of blooms hanging on–but they stay indoors during the cold.

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      • I too love flowers in the rooms, the presence of flowers fill up the heart with a sense of beauty and joy.

        I too did it a lot in burdwan, esp with a beautiful flowering vine which acted like a weed in our garden.

        i used to cut off its vines and place them in the flower pots. they looked dazzling.

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      • Yes, weedy vines can have beautiful flowers too–I celebrate them all! :)

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      • these flowers are exceptionally beautiful. You can check it- its name is antigonan (i hope the spelling is right)

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      • i was close it is antigonon

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      • they are really, really gorgeous.

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      • I just checked it on Google, they are very beautiful flowers. I would love to have them growing around me. :)

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      • you will have to be careful, they germinate very easily and cover every thing they can :)

        i have seen how widely they can spread if they are free to spread, they can capture a whole city and paint it pink.

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      • We have many invasive species of plants and animals here in Florida that have taken over our native plants, etc. There are many vines here that have taken over and cover everything in their paths–not a good thing. :( I should just enjoy those flowers from a distance.

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      • these vines do the same, they just cover the plants, they do it so completely that you wont be able to guess the shape and size of the plant they cover up :) and then they paint it dazzling pink.

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      • Sounds like another invasive plant that takes over other ones. Many of these types have made their way into our country and now pose quite a problem. :( But still we find beauty in their flowers…

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      • there are quite a handful of such vines in west bengal, these draw the attention because of their gorgeous flowers. Those flowers are so so very beautiful :)

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      • Beauty can even be found in an invasive vine.

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      • God is not miserly when it comes to showering down beauty :)

        those flowers, their pink cascade still swims in front of my eyes. We used to wait till winter before removing them but voila they were back with the first splash of rain. In the latter years we had to be cruel and we did not let them grow under big trees (their favourites), gave them specific spaces to grow. still they survived.

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  7. How much I love gardening :) God’s grace is a blessing. Once again I have enjoyed your poem <3

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  8. So happy for that, Tootsie! Thanks for visiting and your kind comment. :)

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  9. Very nice. The picture reminds me of my grandmother. In her day, you couldn’t get through the house for all the plants and flowers.

    http://timkeen40.wordpress.com

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  10. Ahhhh… a house full of plants and flowers–perfect! :)

    Thanks for your visit and nice comment, Tim.

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  11. nice one..thumbs up on this one… :)
    soulbro*xo–{–@

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  12. Thanks so much, dearest Soulbro. :) xoxo

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