dlowan
 
Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 09:47 am
Thomas Campion wrote:

THERE IS A GARDEN IN HER FACE.
by Thomas Campion.

There is a Garden in her face,
Where Roses and white Lillies grow ;
A heau'nly paradice is that place,
Wherein all pleasant fruits doe flow.
There Cherries grow, which none may buy
Till Cherry ripe themselues doe cry.

Those Cherries fayrely doe enclose
Of Orient Pearle a double row ;
Which when her louely laughter showes,
They look like Rose-buds fill'd with snow.
Yet them nor Peere nor Prince can buy,
Till Cherry ripe themselues doe cry.

Her Eyes like Angels watch them still ;
Her Browes like bended bowes doe stand,
Threatning with piercing frownes to kill
All that attempt with eye or hand
Those sacred Cherries to come nigh,
Till Cherry ripe themselues doe cry.

One thread of meaning in this poem is, in my view, the love and passion we have for our gardens - or, in my case, for my old garden, since I have but a balcony as a canvas, now.

This thread is an invitation for A2kers to join to create a perfect imaginary garden - arbours, parterres, ha-has, flowers, shrubs, water, meadows, trees - what shall we build?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 11:41 am
If we have ha-has, we might also have some nice sheep...
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steissd
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 11:59 am
Sheep? Heavens forbid, they will eat up all the flowers. The only animals I would like to see in this imaginatory garden are cats.
About plants: I would propose Japanese cherry trees.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 02:44 pm
A beautiful little pool, complete with a small waterfall, surrounded by rocks. with a couple of benches facing the pool. The pool would be heated, so that tropical fish could live there!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 04:27 pm
The cherry trees might go well around the pool, no?

Animals - hmm - cats in a garden are lovely, but what of our birds? Perhaps separate parts...

I need to have a birch grove, with a little winding path, and bulbs like daffodils, irises, freesias, hyacinths and so on planted throughout.
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steissd
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 04:57 pm
Can cats and birds get along together? IMO, cats hunt birds(if the latter are not ostriches)...
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Letty
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 06:44 pm
Deb, Resisting the urge to say in an octopuses' garden. <smile>

My Garden would be a garden with a gate.
One tree would stand alone, a guardian strong.
No tree of knowledge harshly lined with fate,
Just one that whispers "green" with gentle song.

No beasts unless they should desire to be,
no people, just a tiny bit of me.
and then there must be you, and you, and you.
and snakes, with just a subtle tinge of blue.

For we must learn to live among the worst,
Before the rain can then dilute the curse.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 07:05 pm
Steissd, cats hunt birds in other places than your opinion, bless 'em! LOL!

Letty - lovely - blue snakes are fine - but I want more than ONE tree! Lol.

I dreamed, last night, that I was bitten by a cobra - what can THAT mean?
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Letty
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 08:08 pm
It means, dear Deb, that in a former life you were a mongoose. Hey, if we are to have cobras in our garden, we must have mongeese.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 09:06 pm
Cinderella dressed in yella
went upstairs to kiss her fella
by mistake she kissed a snake
how many doctors did it take?

(1...2...3...4...)

[Children's jump-rope rhyme which has undergone reams of analysis, called to mind by Deb's cobra dream...]
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 09:58 pm
are there real toads in the imaginary garden?
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Sat 1 Mar, 2003 11:55 pm
Only in the great South West. In the North, East, and South they have frogs.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 12:45 am
Well I found a site that describes a ha ha. But I don't want a ha ha without a lamb on the other side of it. http://www.gardenvisit.com/t/w9.htm
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 01:18 am
Toads? As long as they are not cane toads I am happy, oh dry and bathetic one!

Frogs are EXCELLENT!!!!

Baa baas over the haha? - aha - fine.
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steissd
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 04:19 am
Dlowan wrote:
I dreamed, last night, that I was bitten by a cobra - what can THAT mean?

Maybe, this means that you want to visit India during your next leave?
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steissd
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 04:22 am
BTW, I think that orchids would be good for the virtual garden. Not being a botanist, though, I do not know whether these plants can peacefully coexist with Japanese cherry trees...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 04:55 am
I think imaginary is the key word, Steissd - we can what we please.

One orchidary, as opposed to an orchidectomy, coming up!
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 09:01 am
I want to make a little magical garden for my neice. You know, canopied trees with a little table for tea beneath, wild looking flowers and shrubs, stepping stones and such. My sister just bought a house with a huge yard. In the middle of the yard are three old apple trees clumped together........
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JoanneDorel
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 02:06 pm
My little bit of heaven would be full of those doodads I can never afford. A ton of gazing balls all colors, faries and elves of course. and tons of wind chimes in every tree.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 2 Mar, 2003 02:10 pm
and flamingos
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