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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Working In The Yarden

It is another beautiful sunny day...teasing us that spring is just around the corner. Too bad the forecast calls for mid twenties temps later this week. Hey, this is Tennessee, the forecast can change within the hour.

So today, I will be in the yarden (yard+garden)...getting to my list....maybe load up the Outback with soil conditioner (and be specific about amounts), check out what is available at the local nursery (not big box....I like to support locals) and play in the dirt.

I leave you with this:

First Crocus
by Christine Klocek-Lim

This morning, flowers cracked open
the earth’s brown shell. Spring
leaves spilled everywhere
though winter’s stern hand
could come down again at any moment
to break the delicate yolk
of a new bloom.

The crocus don’t see this as they chatter
beneath a cheerful petal of spring sky.
They ignore the air’s brisk arm
as they peer at their fresh stems, step
on the leftover fragments
of old leaves.

When the night wind twists them to pieces,
they will die like this: laughing,
tossing their brilliant heads
in the bitter air.



  1. What a cute poem. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Gail !
    I love your term and I am adopting it too ! "Yarden" is perfect !
    That was such a cute poem (I could see it in my mind's eye playing out) .. and wow .. I am still under snow and ice and so sick of it that I am eating my Easter chocolate rabbit NOW ... I truly need chocolate therapy .. crappy last few days.
    So it was nice to see your message !
    Thank you .. I don't know if they make fake cactus like that ? .. but if you find one .. take a picture so I can see !!
    Joy of the FROZEN North !!

  3. Pretty yellow crocus. I like "yarden" too. For some reason I don't like the word "yard" and having flower beds don't really seem like a "garden" to me either.

  4. Jean,
    Hello and welcome. Are you a blogger?


    Glad I helped...the sun has helped me, it has been some tough days here, too. I have a new chocolate to recommend..TCHO.com. Delicious.

    If it helps, we are getting snow and sleet...Ha let's see if it really happens!


    That is exactly it...


  5. Gail I read your post every day but just have never commented before except last weekend when you had your unexpected trip as I do all my talking on Tina's (In the Garden) blog as she is my daughter. BTW I do hope your mother is doing well.

  6. Jean,

    Thank you for asking...she is progressing but very slowly.
    It is good to know I have regular readers...
    I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tina. She is a very kind person and has been supportive of me and blogging.



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