In winter, I look for indoor activities, away from home, that allow me to breathe in fresh air, as I transition from house to car to parking lot to building. One of my destinations is a community center where I joined a writers’ circle. Some members of this group are storytellers, others write poetry in free verse or iambic pentameter. One member, Margie Golick, is a talented, humorous, poet. She wrote the following as a birthday present for a friend. Astute gardeners, who might find exception to some of her botanical facts, should note that this writer’s expertise lies in rhyming couplets.
Flower Facts for Farla by Margie Golick
Seeding, weeding, digging, hoeing; Like the Energizer Bunny, Farla keeps on growing.
In every single garden bed; Nature’s secrets A to Z.
Aloe, anemone, astilbe; We’re your friends and always will be.
Bluebells, buttercups, begonia; But you’re in your garden when we try to phone ya.
Campanula, core-opsis; No time for a movie – Just read a synopsis.
Dandelion, daffodil, dahlia, daisy; No one would dare to call you lazy.
Echinacea, edelweiss; A garden is a healthy vice.
Fuchsia, foxglove, forget-me-not; (Unless they find you growing pot)
Gerbera, gentian, and geranium; Guarantee a youthful cranium.
Hyacinth, heather, hollyhock; Hold you steady as a rock.
Impatiens, ipomoea, iris; Impenetrable by any virus.
Jack–in-the-pulpit, jonquil, jasmine; For sure you’ll never be a has-been.
Keep your garden mulched with kelp; You’ll find this is a lot of help.
Need to patch a lover’s quarrel? Try lilac, lemon mint or laurel.
Everything will be hunky-dory; With mimosa, marigold, morning glory.
Narcissus, nasturtium, nightshade, nettle; Put a little in your kettle.
Just a whiff of oleander; Women flirt and men philander.
Remember to think outside the box; With peony, poppy, petunia, phlox.
And always reserve a little space; For growing quince and Queen Anne’s lace.
Rosemary, rhododendron, rose; These will banish all your woes.
Salvia, snapdragon, sunflower, sedum; Got 'em, got ‘em, got ‘em, need ‘em.
Tiger lily, tulips, trilliums; Will bring you fortunes by the milliums.
Your beds will never be unruly; With ulex, ugni, and uhule.
Venus fly trap, vio-let; Will also keep you out of debt.
Weigela, wisteria, water lily; Keep you warm when the day is chilly.
Xeranthemum if you want variety; Will bring you welcome notoriety.
With yarrow, yucca, yam, and yew; You will never catch the flu.
From Vancouver east to West Virginia; These facts hold true and I’ll be Zinnia.