Cattleya

Photo by Gayle Walters Rose; All Rights Reserved

Photo by Gayle Walters Rose; All Rights Reserved

I had been tending this orchid for over a year. It was in full bloom when I bought it but it hadn’t bloomed since.  It was hanging in the dappled shade of our small courtyard and I was fertilizing it regularly with an orchid food.  It was receiving the afternoon rains during this hot and humid summer and had been putting out strong, fresh green leaves.  As I puttered around my mostly, potted plants one day and glanced over at that dormant orchid, what I thought were new leaf pods had put forth large, double-twin fragrant blooms!  Joy!

fireflies spark the night
breeze lifts summer kimono
quiet hush echos

Grace is our host for Haibun Monday over at dVerse Poets Pub, 3PM EST.  Please see her presentation for all the details on this fun form!

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  1. I love how orchids can bloom when you least expect them… I had a catleya once that didn’t bloom for many years until we forget it outside and found it blooming when we ignored it… love how your haiku adds the image of a warm night.

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    • We have many orchids hanging under our ligustrum tree by our front door. You can often ignore them and they’ll still put forth stunning blooms. Thank you, Bjorn.

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  2. That happened to me this year and I now have a window full of blooms in the utility room. A wonderful (extra)ordinary and a gorgeous haiku.

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  3. Such beautiful flowers. I loved sharing your joy in them. And that’s a great haiku, slightly sensuous, rather like those glorious blooms.

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    • This particular orchid gives us the largest blooms and the fragrance is amazing! I’m glad you enjoyed my haibun and haiku, Sarah…thank you.

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  4. What a wondrous haibun! I’ve never had an orchid bloom for me after the first initial blooming. But your orchid is beautiful. I love the sensual haiku. It is truly breathtaking.

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  5. absolutely lovely. I have one too, and it hadn’t bloomed for three years. A week ago I saw three blooms. Yah! But I didn’t take care of it as you did. A lovely haibun.

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    • Thank you, Jane. Many times you can neglect orchids and they still seem to do well as long as they get some moisture and the right light. It’s so cool when they flower!

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  6. It is such a surprising joy when nature blooms when you least expect it. The haiku is perfect.

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  7. Oh this is soo very heartwarming ❤️ I love the image of orchid blooming! Joy indeed ❤️

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  8. What a beautiful sight it is to see that orchid – beautiful colors to behold~ And your haiku of fireflies and summer kimono is stunning Gayle ~ Btw, I am envious of your weather now that its a bit chilly here ~

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    • They really are stunning flowers and the fragrance is delightful. So glad you enjoyed my haibun and haiku, Grace. I was just thinking today how very brief your warm weather seems to last and ours seems to go on forever.

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  9. Brilliant flowers Gayle, my tiny orchids are just coming into flower now, but not as spectacular as yours…

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  10. A beautiful poem for beautiful flowers. Well done.

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  11. perhaps flowers are nature’s colorful little gifts to us…we can pick them, showcase them, paint them…use them for inspiration.

    really enjoyed your poem.

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  12. fireflies AND kimono in one haiku? You’ve got me. :)
    Love this, Gayle.

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  13. Love the ending of “Joy!” as it simply sums up how a sweet, delicate flower can be and should so appreciated. Your haiku appeals to many senses…lovely.

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    • That’s how I feel about those flowers for sure…they are much appreciated. And thank you for your sweet comment, Mish.

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  14. Lovely phrasing. Summer kimonos and fireflies. Ahhhh.

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  15. I think there’s a lesson in this: ignore the haiku, no, orchid I mean and there it is!

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  16. A wonderful haibun and haiku about letting go and letting be and all the unexpected gifts in that.

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  17. I really love the contrast, and connection, between prose and haiku. This is really a very effective form, particularly for those adept at writing haiku (which you most certainly are). The breeze lifting the kimono is a breathtaking image.

    I can’t grow (or keep alive) anything at all … well, not plants, anyway. My husband’s great-grandmother gave me a potted orchid, which I of course killed. But she said the trick was to put them underneath a big tree because they “eat” what the tree drops on them. Other than that, she said mostly to just leave them alone.

    I don’t think I put mine under the right tree. But it sounds like a good trick.

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    • Your grandmother is right but it does take the right tree. They like mostly shade. I really appreciate your high praise for my haiku…I do try! :)

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  18. grrrr….internet connection just went down when I hit “Pose comment”….trying again!
    I really experience your joy, suddenly seeing these gorgeous blooms! I once had a Christmas cactus — bought in December in bloom — then waited past two more Decembers and nothing and then came a November and riotous color! It became a Thanksgiving cactus — just must have, like a child, got its days and nights mixed up :)
    And the haiku — I find it more subdued in tone and absolutely beautiful — that kimono in the soft summer breeze…sigh.

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    • Phooey on bad internet connections! I think there are “Christmas” cactus that bloom around Thanksgiving…yes must have gotten their months mixed up somehow! I’ve had them in the past and love their bright blooms. Thanks for your lovely comments for my haibun, Lillian. I’m supposing you’re home now and done with your travels…you are one busy girl during the summer months. Always appreciate your visits!

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  19. Glenn Buttkus

     /  October 4, 2016

    Orchids do stun us when they bloom, We have an ancient orchid plant in the kitchen window that remains hardy while others beside it wither. It sports a dozen blossoms & they stay for months; mysterious & beautiful

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    • There seems to be no reason why some do well and others don’t Some of our blooms hang on for many months too…really amazing. Thanks, Glenn!

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  20. Well done coaxing that orchid to bloom. I’ve never managed it with ones given to me.

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  21. So glad this orchid surprised you – I love the image of the kimono for its petals!

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  22. Wonderful images…especially the haiku.

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  23. What a delightful surprise and well said.

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  24. Every time I have tried orchids they have stopped blooming. But this is Washington. Although I doubt I would have better luck elsewhere. This is absolutely beautiful so you are doing something right. Lovely Haiku.

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    • I think Florida has the perfect climate for these tropic loving plants, Renee. You do feel like you’ve really achieved something when they bloom. Thanks for your visit. xo

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  25. bursting with extras in your ordinary potterings. Grace defines the purpose of the haiku as “a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.” – yours perfectly fits this description

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    • They really are extraordinary when they bloom, Laura…and thank you for your high praise for my haiku, it means a lot to me.

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  26. What a joy of beautiful orchids in violet colors. All the hard work and anxiety finally pay off manifold.

    Hank

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  27. Beautifully written

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  28. Ah, she was simply waiting for the perfect time to surprise you. <3

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