Saturday, April 20, 2013

Stone Grown Rick


Escaping from her pond, she climbs
onto the rocks towards leaves of lime
Stepping sideways with a glance
She snuggles in and takes a chance
Stone grown Rick meets a watery flirt
Sweet and pink in a too-short skirt
She kisses quick then slides away
"I'm only here til the end of May."
He reaches out to kiss her twice
"From now til May sounds mighty nice."

My Lime Rickey heuchera grows in a pile of rocks next to a tiny pond surrounded by variegated water celery that may go dormant once our spring rains are over. The plants are intertwined and I imagine them as young lovers.

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  1. What a fresh combination of greens - that is what I love about spring - the new leaves and shoots with the promise of good things to come. Nice poem by the way.

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    1. Thanks! I was in a rhyming mood and like to imagine little dramas and intrigues in my garden. I think they're quite a bit of naughtiness that goes on when no one is looking. :o)

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  2. Normally I am not very fond of variegated leaves nor of pale mint green, indeed I love chartreuse. This combination looks just great and what you wrote makes it even more intriguing. ;-)
    Alberto

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    1. Thanks! The combination is a total accident. I stuck the heuchera there last year when I had no where else to put them and was shocked to see them growing so well. The water celery has escaped into the soil around the pond and wrapped itself around the heuchera. It seemed like they were flirting. :o)

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  3. a marriage made in heaven between childhood sweethearts!

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  4. oh and about my cuttings rooting so easily?
    Spekboom is elephant food, and grows naturally where there is year round rainfall and kind temperatures. When the elephant knocks a branch off, even the tiniest fingernail sized cluster of leaves GROWS!

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    1. How clever of nature to make a food needed by such a large animal able to grow so easily.

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    1. I agree! One likes it dry and the other likes it moist. I guess it's true about opposites attracting. :o)

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  6. Foliage is so beautiful if you take the time to look at it...so many different colors. (I woke to 30 degrees today...so sad. I hope all my babies are OK!)

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    1. 30? Yikes! Too cold! I'm trying to add more foliage plants into the garden and even though the water celery is a thug, it's too pretty to banish.

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  7. I so love my Heuchera. Love them for their beauty and their being evergreen.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Lime Ricky is tough as nails. It's growing in bone dry soil full of rocks. You have to admire a plant that tough!

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  8. Great little poem Tammy. I think you are right- they're in love.

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    1. Thanks! Now if I could just find a way to create a heuchera with the colors of the water celery... :o)

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  9. Nice poem, and I love both plants - whether they get each other in the end or not :-)

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    1. It's just a fling. Only the frog in the pond knows the truth and he's not talking. ;o)

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  10. Romance in the garden! The foliage contrast is wonderful -- those two go together so beautifully, if only for a brief fling.

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    1. I'm convinced there's a lot of romance in the garden. I have several patches of phlox that are hippie free-love communes. There are too many seedlings to prove otherwise. ;o)

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  11. Loved this romantic poem....a great homage to both plants.

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes everything just rolls out of my head in verse. :o)

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  12. Sweet poem and sweet plants. They look great together.

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    1. Thanks! They're an unlikely pair but they work well together. :o)

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  13. Lovely poem and picture. I didn't know you were so romantic :). It is nice to see another side of you.

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  14. I'm not romantic in the traditional red roses and candy sense but melt for thoughtful gestures by someone who wants to spend time with you. I see these plants as two lovers who can't bear to be apart and just have to touch. It's a bit fanciful but a fun way to view the garden. :o)

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  15. These two are a nice looking couple. Lovely poem.

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    1. I was surprised by how well they go together. :o)

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  16. Nicely done. It's not the time, but the intensity.

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    1. I was feeling poetic and that's what bubbled to the surface. :o)

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  17. Love your poem. And I now see them as young lovers, too. How sweet!

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    1. Sometimes it's fun to just be silly and go with whatever goofiness pops into your head. My plants as sweethearts is what came to mind the other day. :o)

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  18. Love the color of that heuchera and a cute poem of garden love.

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    1. It is, quite literally, growing in a rock pile. It's handsome and tough!

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  19. Well you had me until young lovers. I know heuchera can take a beating and the watercress is charming.

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  20. What a beautiful heuchera, I normally only like the dark purple ones, but that sings out to me. Love the watercress too, they go well together.

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  21. The variegated water celery and the Lime Ricky go well together....that celery is nuts though.

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  22. Hi Tammie, there are probably lots of situations in everyone's garden that are a bit like this - a little love story in each one. I'm sure I've got a few somewhere but I'm not creative enough to notice them. It's a fun poem, though.

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