A Wild Witch’s Urban Garden

My plants, especially the mango tree, make me homesick… and make me feel at home; yes, at the same time—homesick because my memories of my Dominican Republic taste of sweet mango juice running down my arms as I sink my teeth greedily into the ripe fruit. Watching the small mango tree (all 3 of them) grow in my living room, tended by my hands… puts all sorts of grins on my face. My homeland is far away, but I’m growing home anew around me.

The other day, while watering and speaking to my dear green babies, I composed the haiku I’ve included below each photo… Oh, the avocado—a real jokester—told me to stop trying to take all the credit; they helped. 😉

Mango in Containersweet mango
home, longing for fruit—

Pepper in Container
once cloud kissed,
the bite will be sweet—
my pepper

Passion Flower in Container
scented winds
with passion blooming—
purple bliss

Avocado in Container
a strong tree
for guacamole—
greenish mush

Daisy in Container
spring’s easy,
my hardy daisies—
love the fall

for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Tuesday Platform

48 thoughts on “A Wild Witch’s Urban Garden”

  1. Your plants are absolutely thriving, you’ve taken such gorgeous photographs of them all, and your accompanying words are just perfect!

    A lot of my home-grown vegetables have already been harvested, but I’m quite worried for my pumpkins, they’re not yet fully grown and I doubt there’ll be any more sun to help them, now that Autumn’s kicked in.

  2. Didn’t u do a post on your mango tree? I think it was a seedling at the time… If so, gf, you definitely have a green thumb…That passion fruit flower is to die for!.. Gorgeous…

    • I did. And look at them now–I didn’t pinch any of the growths, since I’m not expecting fruit from it. They might as well keep each other company. And I love my Passion Flower… she’s very good at perfuming the living room.

  3. Gardening is so nurturing for your Soul. When you grow plants from home you stretch the lines of tradition to encompass the home you are making now. Beautiful words for beautiful pictures!

    • I’m extremely proud of the daisy. I planted it just a few months ago–from a cutting I acquired on the side of the road *cough*. I didn’t think it would bloom this soon, so I’m all kinds of happy. I enjoyed the haiku, too. The hardiness of the fall daisies–those strong, pretty leaves–makes them perfect for the fall.

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