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march/april fotess round robin poetry swap! part 2

Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 11, 13 at 6:40

The first thread is full, please post here!

Good Morning, just got done with a 12 hour nap!
Need to be at work at 8, will be back later with updates, if any!
Have a great day!
Boy do I feel rested!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 11, 13 at 19:23

Hi again, Everyone!

Just wanted to check in. Hopefully, we'll hear from Diane within the next couple of days about the Robin!

Wanted to share this poem with you:

An Ode to a Daffodil
by William Wordsworth

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
that floats on high, o'er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
a host, of golden daffodils.
beside the lake, beneath the trees
fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way;
they stretched in never ending line
along the margin of a bay;
ten thousand saw I at one glance
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
outdid the sparkling waves in glee;
a poet could not but be gay
in such a jocund company.
I gazed and gazed, but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
in vacant or in pensive mood;
They flash upon that inward eye
which is the bliss of solitude;
and then my heart with pleasure fills
and dances with the daffodils."

Thought you might enjoy that, it's really kind of lovely.
Talk to ya all tomorrow!
Shirley!


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Shirley, what a nap. I don't even remember how long it has been since I slept that long. Good for you cause I am sure you needed it.

Lovely poem and thanks for sharing. The daffodils are going strong here and just fills my heart. The worms that are all around, not so much.

Another cloudy, damp day. The weekend is supposed to be clearer but every time I see a forecast, the temperature goes down a degree or two so we shall see.

Have a good day. Margo


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 12, 13 at 19:21

Lovely poem, Shirley! Thanks so much for sharing. WW certainly had a way with words, didn't he?

Hi Margo! Hope you have beautiful weather this weekend.

Spring has exploded here. I have so many sprouts from winter sowing. It's very exciting! And the spring migrants! Oh Em Gee! Just this afternoon, DH and I have watched a Baltimore oriole, indigo bunting, and pine siskin come to the feeder. Plus we caught sight of a beautiful hooded warbler singing his heart out. It's springtime magic here in the south.

Our annual April trip to the cormorant colonies in Green Bay, WI has been pushed back by 2 wks now. The bay is still frozen up and we can't get to the islands. Eeek!

Katie


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 12, 13 at 20:27

Margo, know what ya mean, first there is no rain for Sunday, then there is, then there isn't, then there is - AGGGGHHH! How do you make plans?
I didn't plan that nap, but, yes, I think I needed it.Thank goodness, no lights were on and my doors were locked!

Katie, a Hooded Warbler?! How fortunate you are! I would love to get a pic of one. They are spotted down at Magee Marsh every spring, but oddly, more are seen at Point Pelee, right across the lake. The warblers are probably all starting to roll into the "migrant traps" along Lake Erie, by May there will be thousands. I have a couple of days planned to go down there, but boy, are those little guys hard to get pics of! But I'm not ready to quit trying yet; what a challenge!

Well, believe it or not, I'm off to bed, big shopping day tomorrow, need some rest for that!
Talk to ya all tomorrow,
Shirley!


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Hope everyone is having a great evening and all have a great weekend.
Worried about Diane, I mailed it out on Monday! That's along time to be in the mail. Not that far, I don't think. Can't remember where she lives! LOL!
Love the poem Shirley!
Well, maybe we'll know tomorrow! Melinda


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 8:19

Opps! I promised a poetry game for Friday, missed that one, will try to get it posted this weekend. Sorry, folks!

Hopefully, we'll hear from Diane today!

Have a great Saturday!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 20:51

Hi Everyone, well, I've emailed Diane about the Robin, waiting to hear back. We DO have a plan B, so no need to panic!

Here is another poem, approprate for the Season:

A Prayer for Spring
by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today,
and give us not to think so far away,
as the uncertain harvest; keep us here,
all simply in the springing of the year.

Oh give us pleasure in the orchard white,
like nothing else by day, like ghosts at night,
and make us happy in the happy bees;
the swarm dilating fround the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
that suddenly above the bees is heard
the meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
and off a blossom, in mid air, stands still.

I'm remembering that this poem was longer, but this is what I found; Enjoy!

Talk to ya all tomorrow,
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 14, 13 at 15:27

Hi Everyone, Happy Sunday!

Okay, here's Plan B.
1. No word from Dianne

2. Dianne has been a good member of FOTESS, fulfilled all her swaps, so I'm sure there is a good reason why she hasn't replied.

3. But we need to keep this Poem moving, SO

4. I'm asking Jeanne to step up and give us the next two lines of the Poem. Please post the entire poem here. I think you will need to start a new verse. See what you think. And Jeanne, could you mail Alana the entire poem and the seeds? Thanks.

5. Alana, I'm mailing you Robin's flight path. As soon as you hear from Jeanne, we can get right back on track.

6. If we hear from Dianne, we can tack her on at the end of the flight path, if she still wants to play.

Hope this all sounds fair to everyone!

Spent some time out at State Park today, didn't get too much, and I swear it was spitting snow for a while! I got some not so great pics of a Northern Shoveler and what I think is a Merganser of some sort.

Have a great Sunday evening,
Shirley!


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Got it! I'm ready.
Alana


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GardenWeb is so bad about letting me type anything. Let's see how this goes. I know my spacing will be wrong. Maybe Shirley will post it the correct way for us. I'll mail to Alana tomorrow.
Diane, I hope everything's okay with you!
Jeanne
__________

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all of God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 14, 13 at 21:26

Perfect, Jeanne, just perfect!

What a great reminder of the "other" side of Spring! I don't have allergies, but many of us probably do.

Jeanne, that's a "poem within a poem", good job with the rhyming!

And thank you for stepping up to keep the Robin in flight, without any warning; it is very much appreciated.

Alana, the flight path will be out in the mail tomorrow; you will be adding the first two lines of the next verse.

Wishing everyone a great week,
Shirley!


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The poem and seeds are on their way to Alana!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 15, 13 at 20:47

So are the instructions and flight path!
Thanks, Jeanne!

Long, long busy day,spent my lunch hour buying a new sweeper - YUCK! Will catch up tomorrow!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 22:13

Just checking in, hope everyone had a good day. Warm, cloudy and no sun here today. Supposed to rain tomorrow, hoping it clears up for the weekend.

Have a great Wednesday!
Shirley!


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Checking in...

Jeanne, very nice addition to the poem!!

Diane, come out, come out wherever you are...hope you are OK!!!!

Happy Wednesday....

Annie


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When I got home today Shirley's instructions were waiting. I won't wait to receive the poem from Jeanne. I've added my two lines and will print it out and mail to Robin tomorrow.

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all of God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Elusive silver-winged garden faeries


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 17, 13 at 21:33

Does that make you wonder where the cloistered winter aeries are? Great stretch for the imagination! I can hardly wait to see how Robin finishes this!

Alana, is that metered poetry? Jeanne, does it sound like it to you? Anyone else? I can't write it, but it sure sounds like it to me! Good Job!

And thanks for putting the Robin back in flight so quickly!

Heads up, Robin, the Robin is on it's way!

Wanted to share a pic of my mini daffodils, finally took some pics! There are five kinds out there, also 5 kinds of mini tulips, or wild tulips; the wretched snow in summer is crowding two of them out of the bed, bummer!

Happy Thursday, Annie, and All!
Shirley!


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Iambic pentameter, Shirley; dropping it in the box shortly.
Happy Thursday, the day before Friday. Come on weekend!
Alana


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 7:59

I knew it! It reads beautifully!

And yes, Come on Weekend!

Shirley!


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Very nice--the poem and the daffodils!
Heidi


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 18, 13 at 21:32

Hey, Heidi, nice to hear from ya!

Well, after reading Alana's contribution to the Poem, I decided to see if, now that I am older, I could fathom or understand metered poetry. I was a grim failure at it in college. But as I said, I'm older now and there is always a chance, right?

Wrong. Just got done wikki-ing iambic pentameter and it is as confusing to me now as it was 30-40 years ago. All those feet and measurements and strange names like trochere, didactl (none of these are spelled right).

But one thing remains true: when done right, it is beautiful poetry. It has rhythm and grace and is quite lovely. Oh, and certain childrens rhymes, like Peter Pumpkin Eater, is written in metered verse!

Most of what I identify as metered verse come from the older poets like Blake, Frost, and maybe even Walt Whitman. I'm not that familiar with modern poets, and I wonder if they use this form of writing verse? Anyone have any thoughts or examples?

Hey, off to bed!
Shirley!


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I`m ready and waiting for my turn altho a little worried about Dianne!


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Jeanne, I received the two P's yesterday, Poppies and Pumpkins. Thank you!
Shirley, Robert Frost is my favorite 'modern' poet to use metered verse.
I'm a little worried about Diane, too.
Alana


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 7:48

Hi Robin, good to hear from you! The Robin should be with you shortly!

I'm going to email Dianne, I know she was VERY busy with her life, hope that's all it is.

It's Friday!! Raining here, hopefully I can get out in the gardens this weekend. Want to start my annuals too. And make chair covers. And houseclean the bathroom. And mail prizes for the game.

Two days might not be enough!

Have a great day!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 20, 13 at 21:23

Hi Everyone, just checking in!

I haven't heard from Dianne, has anyone else?

Well, yesterday was COLD, VERY COLD, as if winter had returned. Very gloomy and overcast, rainy.
Today was a beautiful sunshiny day, but still just as cold. Not getting much done outiside. Inside, lots of projects started, will need the whole day tomorrow to finish up!

I hope you are all having a great weekend.
Talk to ya soon!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 20, 13 at 22:09

Hey look, ladies... I'm alive!

Whew, just about all finished up with a crazy, all consuming project at work, and now I get to have my life back. Yay!

Let's see... I have TONS of sprouts in my winter sowing containers. I've tried using several different containers this season, including milk jugs, 2 liter bottles, and those plastic trays/bins that strawberries and salad mixes come in. I've been really impressed with the 2-liter bottles and the salad bins. They are my favorites for winter sowing.

Some of my especially exciting successes this spring have been sprouts from native azaleas (R. canescens), Franklinia tree (F. alatamaha), wax myrtle (Morella cerifera), and sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus). And Shirley, you aster lover, I am growing flat-top aster (Doellingeria umbellata) from seed, too! I am still waiting on some species to peak through. I am also more than halfway through the crazy stratification for Turks Cap lily seeds, which require 60-90 days warm stratification, followed by 60-90 days cold stratification, and then you plant them. I'm crossing my fingers!

I have tons of squash and zucchini plants that sure popped up quick from seeds sown in the greenhouse. 12 heirloom tomato plants are in the process of being hardened off and adjusted to full sun. DH and I planted 7 rows of sweet corn today. Unfortunately it is not organic and it is a hybrid. It is called Ambrosia. Does anyone here grow corn? I've got more seed than I know what to do with! It was a gift from my dad.

One more crazy gardening technique that I'm trying is solarization to kill weeds in one of the veggie garden spots. I am trying to go no-till in our soil since tilling can be so destructive to soil structure (which I just learned in my Soils class). I never knew how fascinating soil could be!

Ok, enough rambling.... Here's a photo of the red buckeyes we've got blooming around here.

Katie


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The robin arrived today so I will go ahead and post it now and send on it`s way Monday!!!!

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all of God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Elusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow,pink and red.



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It is a joy to be able to glance around and see those "dancing faeries". The poem is really coming together in a beautiful fashion. Spring is in full force here in the Yakima Valley. Had to turn the water on to the pasture as we didn't get the rain that was in the forecast. Planted cabbage and onions today. Hope to get carrots and greens going tomorrow. Looking forward to a quick trip to Boise this next weekend. My son who lives in Cheyenne is flying in, too, He is ready to get away from the extended winter weather they have been experiencing.


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 8:46

Morning Everyone!

Hi Peggy, nice to hear from you! YAY for Spring! And yes, the Poem is beautiful!

Robin, thanks for posting! VERY nice ending to that verse! So far, all I have are "yellow" faeries, but the rest are up and will be dancing soon! Great rhyming, Robin!

Vina! Heads up! The Robin will be flying out to you on Monday!!

Katie! Good luck with the Turk's Caps, they will be well worth the effort, especially when you consider what you have to pay for the plants! Thanks for sharing the picture! And welcome back to your life!

And speaking of getting your life back, I had an email from Dianne yesterday and she is doing okay, very much extended in several parts of her life (I know I've been there!) and apologizes for not taking care of the Robin. I told her we would add her on to the end, waiting to hear back if she can do that. I'm just glad she is okay.
Here is the flight path, I've added the changes at the end:

Robin will mail to Vina in New York, who will start a new verse;

Vina will send to Janine, who lives in Connecticut;

Janine will send to Suzanne, who lives in Ohio, who will start a new verse;

Suzanne will send to Margo, who lives in Ohio;

Margo will send to Katie, who lives in Mississippi, who will start a new verse;

Katie will, hopefully, send to Dianne who lives in Alabama, who will finish the verse and send it back to me!

Well, off to sow some of my hardy annuals, Gaillardia, Salvias, Tithonia and Nigella. It is still very cold here, but I need to get these out of the way, because there are tons more seeds to plant and all my gardens to neaten up!

Have a great day!
Shirley!


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It looks like the poem has progressed a lot! It's been cold here for a bit now, but the sun is out, so hopefully we won't see any more snow. It was painful to see snow on all of the spring flowers yesterday. I think my wintersown stuff may have been frozen to death last night (the couple of seedlings had decided to sprout).

Happy Spring!

Mandy


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The poem.....Oh so beautiful!!!!

Happy Day to all!!

Annie


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Nice lines, Robin!
Beautiful day here-lot's of fairies.


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 20:48

Back again!

I've heard from Dianne and she is going to finish the poem for us, adding her part after Katie's turn. This is a good thing!

Hi Mandy, nice to hear from you; I had heard that your area of MI was getting snow. All we got was rain and gloom. Beautiful day here today, tho. But still really cold. Supposed to be in the 60s this week, during the day. Fine with me!

Happy Day, Annie and Alana!

Got all my seeds planted today AND!!! Got the prizes all ready to mail out tomorrow!! Bout time. And I keep forgetting about the 2nd game, sorry, do we have enough time to do another one?

Have a great week, Everyone!
Shirley!


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I'm trying a new way to get onto GardenWeb and it seems to be working better. Sorry not to have been posting much, but it has been so difficult. Hopefully this new way will continue to work for me so I can do a good job as the hostess for May. We'll be having a theme that relates to Mother's Day. I'll try to get it posted by the end of this week. I see that Mother's Day falls in mid-May.
Shirley has done such a great job with this poetry theme. I can't wait to see the entire poem.
Jeanne


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 6:54

Morning Jeanne and All!

Jeanne, hope the new "system" works for you! How is Piper doing?

Well, I've decided that we don't really have time for another game, BUT maybe we could all share the answer to this question:

What would you be doing if you didn't garden?

I've only done serious gardening for the past 10 years or so, but I can't imagine the seasons without it.

And in keeping with our theme:

Monday, Monday;
First day of the week.
May you have all the triumphs
That you seek!

Shirley!


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Happy Earth day everyone.

I didn't realize I hadn't posted in the that last week. I was jogging with my daughter last Monday evening and tripped and fell flat on my face on the sidewalk. It wasn't pretty. I broke my glasses, put my tooth through just above my lip and hurt my fingers and wrist. I went to the er for a check on the injuries. No break although my one finger seems a little crooked. They put me on antibiotics and gave me a tetanus shot. The scrapes are healing nicely but the injury to the inside of my lip is like a giant canker sore and hurts awful when I eat. I have had pain in this area most of the week. No good pain meds were given, just the ibuprophen advice.. :(
It's been embarrassing out in public too. LOL Nasty looking.
I have an appointment with the dentist. I did go out last night and buy some good running shoes. I am not going to stop jogging. I am doing another 5k in two weeks and want to run most of it without injury.

This poem is coming along very well. I am a little nervous about getting it and having to add to it. I am no poet and don't understand poetry. i can just rhyme. Hope I don't ruin the whole thing.

If I wasn't gardening, I would most probably do more camping, sleeping, and house cleaning.

Have a good day everyone. Margo


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Morning! WOW! The robin is headed my way :D

I don't know if my poetry is as good as what I've been reading, but, I'll give it a good try.

HAPPY EARTH DAY!! ;D
vina


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It was 70 degrees yesterday and I played in the dirt. Today we're back to 35-40, but we're getting RAIN! We're so happy!
I'm on a borrowed computer. Mine went down...again.
Love the poem, the buckeyes, all of it!
I hope you're healing, Margo. You know, you just need a better story. The pit bull came towards you, you put it in a headlock, took him down and held him until the police came. Then your injuries look minor!
Heidi


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 20:08

Shoot, forgot all about Earth Day. Cie la Guerre!

Margo, Good Lord, hope you are healing. And Bravo, for not wanting to quit jogging! AND I seem to remember some good poetry from you last year!

Housecleaning? Gee, what a novel concept!

Heidi, you can always make me smile! Margo holding a pitbull in a headlock, now that presents a vivid image!

Hi Vina, good to hear from ya! I have no fears for the Robin in your hands! AND!! At some point this week, maybe over the weekend, I'm going to transplant my Iris's to another bed. Is this a good idea? I don't want them to be overshadowed by the Russian Sage again. Some advice, please!

The prizes for the game went out today. FINALLY! hope you all enjoy!

Early bedtime tonight, been up since 4:30. Starting work at 8 and I'm paranoid about sleeping in, so I wake up way too early!
Have a nice evening!
Shirley!


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Nasty spill, Margo! I'm glad you are undeterred.

If I were not gardening, I would be reading. Mostly.


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The poem is sounding good!
Margo~I'm glad you're mostly unhurt (no broken bones!). Your story must've stuck with me because last night I dreamed you and I were going jogging in the state forest and off to the side of the path was a gate that opened to a garden center (of course). Jogging forgotten, you went inside while I lamented that I didn't have any money with me. By the end of the dream we got separated, the nursery was closing, I hadn't chosen any plants and I lost my jogging pants! Anybody care to try to interpret THAT?!
If I wasn't gardening, I'd be reading (and dreaming of gardening).
It was cold here today, not even 45, but is supposed to be 70 and sunny tomorrow~yay! Hope everyone has a good night.

This post was edited by jaynine on Tue, Apr 23, 13 at 20:57


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Margo,
Your description of your fall is making me say ouch, ouch, ouch.
I hope you are healing well. That injury to your mouth has to hurt a lot. I have something going on with my foot that is making it really sore. I've stayed off it as much as I can, but finally went to a podiatrist today. Hope he can help because sitting around is so not good for my waistline!

Shirley and all who are so busy and struggling along, thinking of you, too.

A belated Happy Earth Day!
(Piper, by the way, is shedding her winter coat. It will be interesting to see how she looks without all that extra hair.)

Jeanne


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 23, 13 at 21:06

oh, Margo! So sorry to hear about your accident, but good for you for keeping at it. I love strong women!!

Hmm, if I were not gardening, I would be fishing, traveling, camping, and reading.

Shirley, remember the plains beardtongue you sent me last year? Well look at it now! It's a beast! Can't wait to see some blooms.


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Oh my Janine, I laughed and laughed about your dream. That is so funny and no way can I interpret that. By the way, I would have lent you money if you needed it. LOL

Jeanne, I hope they figured out what is wrong with your foot. It is the not knowing that is so frustrating.

My mouth is feeling so much better and tomorrow I see the dentist. I just hope damage doesn't show up later. The xray did not show anything in the hand but it sure is causing me problems. It is really bothering me tonight. I think I am going to wrap it for a few days and get it healed up. Weeding time is coming and I will definitely need it for that. Of course, it is my right hand.

Nice looking plant Katie. Be sure to show it to us when it blooms.

Margo


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  • Posted by ruthz 8 dfw texas (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 8:46

I'm really enjoying the poem.
We had a little rain yesterday and were back down in the 30's last night.
I went to a local plant swap Sunday, and decided to bring my new plants in.
Hope to get them planted today or tomorrow.

I guess I'd be reading if I wasn't gardening. And maybe a little more housecleaning.


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Funny....Funny....Funny dream Jaynine and Margo. Dreams are fascinating...they always make sense when we are "in them". Jaynine lost her jogging pants!!!! LOL!!

Margo, I hope all is well at the Dentist today!!!

If I was not gardening, I would be traveling, not cleaning the house. The more I clean it, the faster it gets dirty!!

Looking forward to more poetry from our very talented and creative group of FOTESSERS.

Happy Wednesday!

Annie


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 21:24

Sorry I've been MIA, came home last night, ate dinner and then took another all night nap. This is getting silly!

Then, I got an Amazon gift certificate for my B-day and one of the things I got with it was a threader, which came in the mail today. It punches holes in your home-made cards so you can thread ribbon through! And yes, I've been experimenting ALL night long! The cats are loving the ribbon!

Well, reading seems to be the "other" thing we would do if we didn't garden. How about everyone else? What would you be doing if you didn't garden?

Ruth, what plants did you get?

Janine, you lost your jogging pants? Quite the dream, funny if you weren't in it! Plant sales and no money is not a good thing!

Jeanne, would love to see pics of Piper when she is done shedding!

Katie, I have at least 4 different penstemons (beardstongues) coming up out there and none of them look like that. But I WSed 6 different kinds, so maybe I'll get one like that! Great looking plant!

Margo and Jeanne, wishing you both speedy recoveries!

Greetings, Alana and Annie!

Hope to hear from Vina soon about the Robin. Can't wait to see what she adds!

Back to the drawing board!
Talk to ya soon!
Shirley!


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Thanks Shirley, for the prize. Sometimes being number one Last has it's rewards, lol.
I love the white Borage seeds and will be planting some soon.
Alana


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Received my prize seeds too. Good choice to in sending blanketflower. I love them. Thank you Shirley and you are doing an awesome hosting job. Margo


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Received my prize of Magellan Sunburst Zinna Mix seeds yesterday, good choice as I plant zinna and marigolds around my garden. Thanks Shirley.

Hope everyone has gotton over their illness, sure was alot of flu and crud going around.

My winter sowing sprouts are doing well despite the weather except for my poor tomatoes. I started them in small divided seed starting flats and first they got to wet and alot of them died. Our weather just refuses to stay a normal temp. Couple days of 60 then rain and cold.

Not sure what I'd be doing if I couldn't garden. probably making seed envelopes or fishing if the weather ever straightens up.

Hope everyone is doing fine and Margo glad your healing OK.
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  • Posted by ruthz 8 dfw texas (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 10:21

I got really good stuff at the plant swap.
You have to really discipline yourself not to bring home one of each, and there was lots & lots of plants there.

This is some of the stuff I brought home.
Agave
Naked Lady bulbs
Pink Firespike, Odontonema callistachyum
Prunus mexicana S. Wats./Mexican plum
Ribes aureum var. villosum (R. odoratum)aka/Buffalo Currant, Clove Currant
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Yarrow, white
Large 25 gal. and under nursery pots


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Anybody able to identify this plant?

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Heidi


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Heidi, I think your plant is a Plectranthus of some kind.
Ruth, nice haul!
Shirley, I also got my prize today. Thank you so much for the Sweet Pea seeds. It's been a long time since I've grown them!


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Heidi,
I'm in agreement with Jaynine. Commonly called Swedish Ivy around here - Google says that is Plectranthus asutralis.
Jeanne


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My prize arrived today. Thanks so much, Shirley. You chose well on the seeds and I love the note card with daffogils!
Jeanne


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Evening! Just wanted to post that the robin still hasn't landed :(

Hopefully tomorrow...
vina


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 21:53

Evening All! Glad everyone got their prizes; Suzanne, the swallowtail butterflies love the Magellen zinnias, not sure why, and I know it sounds strange, but those were the ones they were attracted to. The flowers get large, and they have a long bloom time; bright clear colors.

Ruth, that sounds like a great haul! Some really interesting plants. Need to google the Firespike.

Alana, I'm hoping the white borage does as well for me as the common blue always has. Love the flowers, so do the bees!

Heidi, what computer are you on? I hate computer problems; and while I am really glad my granddaughters live closer now, that also means my SIL, the computer tech, does too!

Janine, I'm trying a sweetpea/container/tomato cage combo this year, will post pics when I get them started. The website where I got those seeds is Great!

I see Jeanne has started the May FOTESS swap, another great idea by our resident "Great Idea Lady!" Check it out and join in the fun!

Margo, you introduced me to Gaillardia, I think I sowed 5 different kinds last weekend!

Vina, we're waiting with ya!

Hey, off to bed!
Another jam packed weekend comimg up, hope my "sleeping sickness" doesn't kick in!
Have a great Friday!
Shirley!


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Shirley,

Thank you so much!! I received my prize....gardening gloves, Nigella seeds and a garden flag which appropriatley says, "LIVE LAUGH GARDEN".........

Happy weekend!!

Annie


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It's HERE! The robin arrived this morning.

First let me thank Robin for the Blue Enchantment Convolvulus seeds! They look so pretty! Morning glories in bush form. Perfect! And they are something new I've never grown before...super FUN!

I gave my best shot at poetry...hope it does the rest of the poem justice...here goes...

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all of God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Elusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow,pink and red.

Cherry trees blossoming in the sun,
give a small taste of the bounty yet to come.


Janine, the robin is headed your way this afternoon when I take Billy to school. :)

Happy Friday!!
vina


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 26, 13 at 22:03

Fruit trees blossoming - another aspect of Spring covered! How about apple blossoms, orange blossoms and maybe that Currant that Ruth was talking about?
Well done, Vina and good poetry too!!
Thanks for posting, and for putting the Robin back in flight!

Janine, the Robin is winging its way to you!

Would you believe we only have 5 more people left to add to the Robin? Woo Hoo! We aren't going to finish the poem by the end of April, but thats okay. I kind of figured we would go over.
Here is the flight path:
Vina is sending to Janine, who lives in Connecticut;

Janine will send to Suzanne, who lives in Ohio, who will start a new verse;

Suzanne will send to Margo, who lives in Ohio;

Margo will send to Katie, who lives in Mississippi, who will start a new verse;

Katie will send to Dianne, who lives in Alabama, who will finish the poem and send it back to me!

Annie, glad you liked your prize, and a happy weekend to you too!

Well, another super busy weekend planned. It's supposed to be nice, hopefully I'll get some garden clean up done!
Happy Weekend to All!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 28, 13 at 20:42

Hi Everyone, hope ya all had a nice Sunday! It poured rain here today, all day. Yesterday was good, in the 60s, got a lot of clean up done outside.

My Bleeding Hearts are covered with buds, even the pink one, which usually looks like it is dying. I'm thinking it's a little early for these, need to check when they bloomed last year. AND!! Two of the Turtleheads are up and running! Can't remember where the other two are, hopefully they are out there somewhere! I am so pleased with these, they are the host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly!

Have a great week, All!
Shirley!


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I got it! Vina so generously sent seeds of Columbine 'Leprechaun', which was once in my garden but has vanished. Perfect choice for me~thank you!
Will reassemble and put out in tomorrow's mail....look out, Suzanne!
Does our poem have a title?

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all of God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Elusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow,pink and red.

Cherry trees blossoming in the sun,
give a small taste of the bounty yet to come.
Days lengthen, the earth grows warmer:
summer's just around the corner.


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 29, 13 at 20:10

Great lines, Janine! They make a good turning point in the Poem. Good rhyming!
Thanks for posting and for getting the Robin back out in flight.

Suzanne, the Robin is headed your way!

And no, the Poem doesn't have a title. Hmmmm? Has anyone else thought about that? Any suggestions?

We had a really beautiful day here. And it's supposed to be nice all week. I can live with that!
Have a great day tomorrow!
Shirley!


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I'm ready for the poem! One idea for the title, "Thoughts Of Spring"

Looks like a nice day ahead, off to transpland tomatoes and dig in the dirt. Have a good day everyone.


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 21:27

That's a good one, Suzanne!
Maybe we should keep a list (I'm great with lists!) of titles we can choose from for the title for the Poem:
Suzanne - "Thoughts of Spring"
Shirley - " A Spring Journey"
Anyone else have any ideas?

Oh how I hope no one asks how we're going to choose the title, because I haven't a clue!

Beautiful day here today! 70!!! Not much garden work done after work, but lots of sitting outside and dreaming!
Hope you all have a great Wednesday!
Shirley!


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Great lines Janine! It will be interesting to see how the poem ends.
Finally good weather here for a few days, take care all.
Alana


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Hey ya'll...sorry I caused the robin to get off track and caused ya'll all worry and confusion!! ...i'm here and doing well ...just a bit frazzled lol ....so much going on here...and it seems to be never-ending! but such is life and i'm blessed to be living it :))

I wanted to say a special thanks for the coral vine seeds i received in the robin that i didn't get back out in flight!!! i've been wanting coral vine for a couple of years now and couldn't find it anywhere so was super excited when i got it and had planned to add my lines and get it back out in the mail right away but kept getting sidetracked and then eventually just forgot about it :((...to tell ya'll how busy i was i had library books i turned in today and owe over $200 in fines for them they are so late...i feel so stupid and know that is such a waste of money...just in all that has been going on lately the library and the internet have been distant as i intend to get things organized and goin back in order but then get sidetracked with a phone call or having to jump up and run somewhere and then forget what i intended to get done...

i've had a few family friends that are like family to my family that have been having heart surgeries and i've been helping take care of things for them and my mom has needed me more than usual lately and my 4 kids keep me running plus i've been watching a friend's kids for her emergency situations and for her to work...been helping another friend through some emotional issues and hubby has been working out of state so i have it all by myself...currently i have an uncle that is on life support and i may have to go with my mom to be with her if she has to make the decision to take him off life support, the van blew it's motor, the other vehicles keep breaking down and can only be trusted around town, and 2 of my girls have had softball tournaments almost every weekend and will be going on a 3 day trip to the state softball tournament the weekend of mother's day...so i've been staying really busy but am healthy and fine and my immediate family is healthy and fine :) ...I don't mean to ramble on but just feel so bad i haven't paid much attention to my online friends and neighbors like i should be...i'm behind on a few trades other than this one and once i get caught up i probably won't trade for a couple of months unless life slows down a little but i'm gonna try to get on here and at least check in and chat from time to time...i appreciate and love you all!!!

Take care, Dianne


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Wed, May 1, 13 at 20:27

Diane, thanks for posting, it was good to hear from you. I hope things slow done and straighten out for you. Do you still want me to add you on to the end of the Robin's flight path? Please let me know what to do. Thanks!

Another beautiful day here. 73 degrees! I had to go shopping right after work, but at least it was warm! I think I can store my hat and mittens away now!

Will talk to ya all later!
Shirley!


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I'm really not sure where I'll be when it gets to the stage of getting back around to me...I'd love to join in and be a part of the poem but I don't want to get it sidetracked again or make it later than I've already made it...so I guess I can sit out the poem part and besides someone has already sent me seeds so I don't need a 2nd set of seeds as I don't want to be unfair...I do however want to send someone seeds to make up for my mishap so if we could figure out how to do so that would be awesome :)...if the only way to do it fairly is for me to add to the poem and send on to you, Shirley, then we can do that...I'll just try to make it a point to check in more often and actually get it off in good time...gosh i'm really sorry that i've made it so complicated and such an inconvenience...thanks for thinking of me, Dianne


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Wed, May 1, 13 at 21:38

Dianne, how does this sound: You send a pack of seeds to Jeanne, that's who you were to send the poem to. I'll send you her address if you don't have it. Then set out this swap and any other that you need to. It sounds like you could use a break or two, and you can come back to FOTESS when your life is a little less stressful. And you can always stop in and say hi and stay in touch, okay!?
Let me know.

These 8 am starting times are killing me! I'm a night person, for the love of pete!
Shirley!


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:) Thanks Shirley! That will work fine for me...I think I have Jeanne's addy but just in case please email it to me again...have a good day at work...i know how it is when you're used to a schedule and then get flipped...i worked swing shift jobs for so long and then worked straight day jobs when i'd work overtime at night and worked straight night jobs where i'd work overtime at day...it can throw a body for a loop sometimes...hope the rain slacks off here...so much i need to do while i got a minute to think about doing things outside...we needed it for a minute there but it's drowning a bit of my plants now...Mother Nature is busy these days too lol...have a good day today!! ---- Dianne


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, May 2, 13 at 20:27

Okay, Dianne, stop by and visit us when you have a chance!

Okay, here's the game plan:
Suzanne will send the Robin to Margo,
who will send it on to Katie,
who will send back to me!

Another great day here, got some cleanup and weeding done after work. And the furnace is off for the summer!

Have a great Friday!
Shirley!


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Our poem is here! Jane also sent me Aladdin Skyblue Petunia. Was thinking of buying more petunia seeds, thanks Janine.

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the comming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Exclusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow, pink and red.

Cherry trees blossoming in the sun,
give a small taste of bounty yet to come.
Days lengthen, the earth grows warmer;
summer's just around the corner.

Awaiting to see the hummingbirds flight,
so magestic, what a delight.

And it's off to Margo. Get ready!!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Fri, May 3, 13 at 19:05

Great Lines, Suzanne! Very good! Yet another aspect of Spring - I forgot about the birds! The hummers, the robins, the warblers and all those other little guys I hear every morning on my way to work! Good addition, Suzanne, and nice rhyming! Thanks for posting!

Anyone have any more ideas for a title? Ruth? Heidi? Alana? Peggy? Melinda? Jeanne? Robin? Vina? Janine? Margo? Katie? Let's hear your ideas!

Well, the Robin is going on to Margo, then to Katie and then back to me. It might not be too long before we are finished! This Poem has been all over the country! And I think we've all done really well with it, so far. Can't wait to see what Margo adds!

Finishing up the laundry and then it's off for an early bedtime. It's supposed to be nice here this weekend and I have so much I want to get done outside! Need an early start!
Happy Weekend!
Shirley!


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I am thinking about what I am going to add. I feel the pressure Shirley since you can't wait to hear what I add. LOL

I was thinking a title linking the word friends since we all worked on it together.

Words of Spring from friends
Friends and their thoughts of Spring
Friends and their vision of Spring

Something along that line.

I am looking forward to this weekend. Tomorrow I run the 5k with my son, daughter, and son in law. Then I am going to garden, garden, and more garden. On Sunday, we head to Columbus to see our son and daughter in law from Texas, (the ones having our first grandchild). All five of our kids will be gathering together for a lunch. I can't wait.

I hope everyone else is expecting a great weekend.

Margo


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Just got home from running my third 5k. Didn't do as well time wise because my daughter was having trouble with her ovarian cysts acting up. She probably should not have run it but we still made it. Had to stop a minute or two for her to get over some pain then walked more than ran but it was still fun.

When I arrived, my card with poem and seeds was here. I received candyman dwarf calendula seeds and the poem from Suzanne and they were tucked inside the prettiest card. Thank you Suzanne. I did my part of the poem and will get the seeds and poem off hopefully tomorrow.

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the comming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Exclusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow, pink and red.

Cherry trees blossoming in the sun,
give a small taste of bounty yet to come.
Days lengthen, the earth grows warmer;
summer's just around the corner.

Awaiting to see the hummingbirds flight,
so majestic, what a delight.
How fast and silent its small wings zoom,
intending to drink nectar from every bright bloom.

Katie, it will be at your door soon. Will let you all know when I mail it.

Margo


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sat, May 4, 13 at 15:19

I'm ready, Margo! Those are some great lines you added. I better start thinking of some good lines to get Shirley started on wrapping the poem up. Shirley, do you want me to write something that rhymes with "the end?" Haha.

DH and I are working on expanding the flowerbeds this weekend. It has been an ongoing process which has gotten interrupted on a regular basis, but now my attention is undivided and the weather is cooperating for the moment.

Here's a pic of one of my natives in all it's glory, Arisaema triphyllum.


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sat, May 4, 13 at 20:42

Beautiful, Margo! But I knew it would be! And ya know, Hummers ARE fast and silent, and very intent - good capture!

Katie, that might not be a bad idea, ie, "the end." See what you can do! And thanks for sharing the great picture! What a beautiful plant, is that the color it will remain, or will it change?

Worked outside ALL day! I got a lot accomplished and am set up to do all the rest of my annuals tomorrow! Spent most of the day doing clean up, but I did get 4 pots of sweet pea seeds planted and did one pot of Nasturciums. The rest of the nasties are going In the wildflower mix, which, hopefully, will get done tomorrow too! GREAT day!

I hope everyone else had a good gardening day!
Talk to ya all tomorrow!
Shirley!


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Hello, FOTHSS'er! Our poem is really beautiful. Here is one of my suggested title: Spring's Joyful Journey. I planted a row of red/green cabbage's and alternated the colors as I planted them. The purple cabbages were planted last week but a few of them will need to be replaced because the cows took a walk through the garden. A mini vacation was enjoyed by the family last week when we traveled to Boise. Our son from Cheyenne flew in to join us. I was able to can up a batch of pickled asparagus last week with my niece. It was fun to spend time with her on this project while the rest of the fam went golfing. I am happy that she is carrying on our family canning tradition. Today will be more planting in the garden. Hope your day will be full of sunshine and smiles.


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Margo, great addition to the poem. This poem is lovely!!! A name for the poem...great suggestions above...maybe "Springing in to Summer",....

Rain "might" be on the way...would love it. I need to get out and finish putting in my tomatoes.

Happy Sunday!

Annie


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Sun, May 5, 13 at 21:42

Hi Everybody!
Hope everyone had a nice Sunday, and that you all had a chance to get some gardening in.

Hi Peggy, nice to hear from you! The pickled asparagus sounds good, do you use the same spices as you do for pickles?

We're getting some great ideas for the title for the poem. Feel free to share some more!

I got all my annual seeds planted out in flats today and transplanted the Echinacea and NE Asters to their in ground homes. The Hardy Geranium that has spent the last two years in a pot also got transplanted to a space in the garden. I could almost hear the poor thing breath a sigh of relief and start stretching his/her roots out!

Well, my muscles are really sore, had a choice of motrin or dry white wine to help with that. Just got done with the wine. At least it's all natural.

Have a great Monday!
Shirley!


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Good morning everyone. Had a lovely day yesterday with all my kids and kids in law gathered together at my oldest sons house. So good to have them all together and so lovely to see them all interact together. Now realize why my grandmother would just sit back in her rocker and watch when we all gathered, that wonderful smile across her face. Nothing like it.

The poem was put in the mailbox yesterday so believe it will be picked up this morning and be on its way to Katie. This was such a great idea Shirley. Maybe some time we could do this type of swap again and instead maybe write a little story together. Loved it.

Have a good Monday, Margo


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, May 6, 13 at 20:14

Margo, it's even better with a grandchild for everyone to interact with! I love to watch my sons, who aren't married, interact with Tabitha and Myrna. Ter treats them like they are made of glass and Todd gets down and plays games like "wild wolf " with them. This involves lots of growling and shrieking! Fun to watch!

And that's a great idea, to do a story. Will definitely keep it in mind! And maybe starting a little earlier would be a good idea too! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Margo!

I can't believe we are almost done with the Poem. I'm trying to think of a good ending. I guess it all depends on what Katie sends me. Can't wait to see it!

I was exhausted and sore all day, been awhile since I used some of those muscles! It turned colder here, sunny, but really cold and windy.

Talk to ya all later!
Shirley!


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  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Tue, May 7, 13 at 21:30

Hey Everyone!
Should be hearing from Katie soon, and then, TA DA!!
THE END!
Can you believe it's almost over?
It was a really nice day here today, starting to warm up again, which is a good thing. Hope it lasts until the weekend!
Have a great Wednesday,
Shirley!


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RE: march/april fotess round robin poetry swap! part 2

  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Wed, May 8, 13 at 20:27

The suspense is killing me!!
Have a great day tomorrow anyway!
Shirley!


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RE: march/april fotess round robin poetry swap! part 2

  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Wed, May 8, 13 at 20:50

Hang in there, Shirley! I've got my part already written up. Got seeds picked out. Just waiting on the postman. I suspect it will arrive tomorrow. I live in such a little town; it always takes longer to get mail.


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RE: march/april fotess round robin poetry swap! part 2

The end is coming...to the poem that is!!

Shirley, this poetry round robin has been so much fun! Thanks so much!

Happy Day!

Annie


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Thu, May 9, 13 at 16:59

FOTESSers, the wait is over!

I was pleasantly greeted by Margo’s card, seeds, and the poem when I checked the mail this afternoon. Margo sent a lovely card and 4 (!) different types of gaillardia. Such exciting seeds and so very generous. Thank you so much Margo. Shirley, the next flight of the Robin is headed your way tomorrow!

And now for what we’ve all been waiting for:

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Exclusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow, pink and red.

Cherry trees blossoming in the sun,
give a small taste of bounty yet to come.
Days lengthen, the earth grows warmer;
summer's just around the corner.

Awaiting to see the hummingbirds flight,
so majestic, what a delight.
How fast and silent its small wings zoom,
intending to drink nectar from every bright bloom.

Spring has sprung, the blossoms bloomed,
Now there are plants to tend.
Never fear, Summer’s almost here;
But for Spring, this is ….

[take it away, Shirley!]


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RE: march/april fotess round robin poetry swap! part 2

  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, May 9, 13 at 19:42

Oh sure, Katie, leave me the hard part!
Just kidding!
What a beautiful ending, perfect, Katie!
I'm adding my part now, so we can all read how the poem fits together. And I'll post again when I get the poem from Katie.
And I just want to say: Great job, everyone! Not just with the poem, but you all did an excellent job of keeping the Robin going, in a timely manner, for which I am really thankful! Wasn't quite sure how this would work out, but it turned out far better than I could have hoped for. Thank you all for being such great FOTESSERS!

And one more thing, I really enjoyed doing the Robin (and hope you did too), and loved Margo's idea for doing a Round Robin Story. SOOOO, we may borrow another month from Jeanne and do this, maybe in the Fall. Keep it in mind and I would appreciate any imput, ideas or suggestions for a Round Robin Story.

And because I didn't have to work very hard to finish up, I thought I would give the Poem it's title:

Friends of the Earth's Spring Journey

A haze of green and longer days,
And lots and lots of rain!
Helps nature work behind the scene
as sunshine pushes through the grey.

Upwards push the tender tulips.
Companion of the daffodil
So lovely, but I sigh, there are evil weeds to dig,
battle them tomorrow, for now a glass of wine.

First blooms of Redbud glow pink and bright,
under a clear blue canopy in the morning sunlight.
As with all God's creations, spring brings forth the beautiful flowers.
Which are doubly enhanced by the coming of April's showers.

Pollen-nation! Oh the sneezes and the misery;
the price we pay for leaves on the trees
and a colorful array of bright Spring flowers.
Let the rain come back again - the irritants to devour.

Descending from cloistered winter aeries,
Exclusive silver-winged garden faeries
dance in the flower beds
among blossoms of yellow, pink and red.

Cherry trees blossoming in the sun,
give a small taste of bounty yet to come.
Days lengthen, the earth grows warmer;
summer's just around the corner.

Awaiting to see the hummingbirds flight,
so majestic, what a delight.
How fast and silent its small wings zoom,
intending to drink nectar from every bright bloom.

Spring has sprung, the blossoms bloomed,
Now there are plants to tend.
Never fear, Summer’s almost here;
But for Spring, this is THE END!

Shirley!


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Clever Katie! Nice ending and perfect title Shirley; the FOTESS poets make a great team.


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Shirley, love the title of the poem and it is a perfect eding. It did go smoothly, didn't it. I think because the poem was posted each time it was added on to, it gave us time to think of the lines we would use.

Great weather here again. I gardened for 4 hours yesterday and barely put a dent in the job. That first weeding, thinning, and mulching takes so long. I ended up picking up some kind of rash from weeding. It is on my arm and although not itchy, it is very nasty looking. I am applying cream around the clock on it to get it healed before we head to Texas.

Margo


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Our poem is awesome! Nice job everyone. I am baking in the unusual heat of 93 degree weather. Took a chance and planted some tomatoes. Will have to be ready to cover when frost warnings come and I do believe they will come because I planted tomatoes. O well.. it won't be the first time I have had to replant because I couldn't wait until the last frost date.


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Wonderful poem and I think we finished rather quickly This was lots of fun!

This post was edited by sandlapper_rose on Mon, May 13, 13 at 20:07


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A perfect finish to the poem.......and the title, so appropriate!!

And a short story for a future "FOTESS" adventure, that will be fun for sure!

Thanks Shirley...

Annie


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RE: march/april fotess round robin poetry swap! part 2

  • Posted by sjc48 5 Michigan (My Page) on
    Mon, May 13, 13 at 18:54

Well, the March/April FOTESS Round Robin Poem has made it's weary way back to Michigan! I got Katie's card and seeds today, along with the Poem. What a journey the Poem had! Washington, Nebraska, California, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Mississippi, and back to Michigan again! I probably missed one or two in there! Once again, Ladies, thank you all for making this swap a success!

Katie sent me two kinds of annual Phlox - Twinkie Mix and Globe mix. I know she had a hard time finding these seeds and am very thankful she chose to share them with me. They are the same phlox as in the pic of her and her mom over on the MNF site. I'm going to plant them as edging for my new wildflower patch. Have never grown them, can hardly wait to see what they look like! Thank you, Katie!

And thank you for the beautiful card! I googled the artist and found a site with lots of her paintings. My first thought was that they reminded me of Rivera, Sisquieros and Orozco. Lo and behold, when I read her info, she was indeed influenced by the Mexican muralists! Her subject matter is a little more to my taste, tho! Thanks, Katie!

And I guess we can officially close this swap now! Stay tuned for more from FOTESS!
Shirley!


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Thank you again Shirley!!

Annie


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