dVerse — Quadrille 127 — Seed Bank

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I’ve invested seed money,
believing in the ABC’s:
asters yield deep purple;
balloon flowers top charts;
cosmos caps capture interest.

Incented, content, I sniff,
blessed by return kindness.
My shareholder butterfly straw
glugs from milkweed constellations.

Wreaths, bouquets, cinnamon fields
of carnations — priceless wealth.

 

Today when I dropped off borrowed materials and picked up the new batch, I decided to take a few packets of seeds from my library branch’ seed bank. Usually I go for the vegetables but this year am going for the flowers. Merril’s prompt is a perfect synchronicity!

Merril is today’s host of dVerse’ Quadrille.  Merril says:
Write a poem of exactly 44 words, using the word seed.

71 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the thought of having those seeds… the parallels to startup and venture cap jargon made me smile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you very much, Bjorn, glad it pleased you.

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  2. merrildsmith says:

    Love milkweed constellations.
    How wonderful to have that seed bank. I love the synchronicity! Somehow that seems a special connection with seeds and planting. 😀

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. Glad you like it, Merril. This will be the first time trying to cultivate milkweed, it just grows here on its own but no harm in planting more. Very cool and I agree on the special connection 🙂

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        Good luck. We planted some milkweed, but not from seed. I wonder if any that we planted last year will come back?

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  3. sanaarizvi says:

    “milkweed constellations,” is such a wondrous image! Love the idea of having a seed bank, Lisa 😀 Let us plant hope. 💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa yes, planting seeds is planting hope for sure. Thanks for reading and your comment 🙂

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  4. Gillena Cox says:

    Lovely images
    Happy Monday

    much 💗 love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Gillena!

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  5. K.Hartless says:

    Your weave the descriptions of the flowers into a garden of words. Can’t wait to see this flower garden grow.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you! This year I’m buying veggie plants with a plan for mulch and staking. If I can keep them watered, the flowers should be beautiful 🙂

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  6. Sadje says:

    Lovely poem Li. Happy gardening.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  7. rothpoetry says:

    I love it! Yes, priceless!! I love this line…
    My shareholder butterfly straw
    glugs from milkweed constellations.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, so glad you enjoyed that line, I’d love to turn a whole field into milkweed!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You might end up with a field full of butterflies!! :>)

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  8. calmkate says:

    you painted a joyful garden of bobbing colour … hope they all bloom joyfully!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I will try to be a good cultivator of these flowers to-be. Hoping to have pics at some point 🙂

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      1. calmkate says:

        the joy of your grandchild has brightened your heart Lisa … I feel your love and light radiating out!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Kate I’m still floating with happiness after seeing and holding her yesterday. She fell asleep on my chest and was out like a light. I could feel her little heart beating ❤

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          1. calmkate says:

            how delightful, I am so pleased for you … a girl at last!

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  9. Masa says:

    Goodness me, I loved the colorful flower language you’ve tossed about. You took a prompt and really pushed it to a place where reality somehow seems more modernist and wild than I expected. Delightful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Masa, thank you for reading and your glowing comment 🙂

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  10. rogblog666 says:

    great line “milkweed constellations” but did need to look up milkweed thanks have added another plant to my knowledge.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Rog! Milkweed are monarch butterflies favorite food.

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      1. rogblog666 says:

        i have poem somewhere about the monarch butterfly. i will find out and post it on my blog. thanks for reminding me of it

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  11. robtkistner says:

    Financially beautiful Lisa… 🙂

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  12. Xan says:

    This makes me want to do a Little Free Library, but for seeds and plants!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Do it! The intent is to give seeds back from whatever grows to the library to keep it going. The reality is very few give seeds back. Luckily they have seeds donated from seed companies — good ones! heirlooms! — so they keep up their supplies. Limit of 5 packs PER DAY but there are only 10 seeds per pack.

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      1. Xan says:

        I grow a lot of seedlings for my little farm, and every year I do a plant sale with the ones I don’t use. I donate the proceeds to local nonprofits (this year Good Kids Mad City). I stopped going to seed swaps because seed swap people are weird. lots of little rules that are easy to get wrong.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I love what you are doing! A seed swap is something the library was going to try last year — before covid. Maybe they’ll do it next year…

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  13. It sounds like you’re in store for some floral abundance.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I have beds that have room so it should be nice.

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  14. I like how you used the ABC’s in the first stanza! My father has a huge garden and doesn’t live too far from me. I’m thinking I will go plant something in his yard where I know he will water it, haha!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tricia that is an EXCELLENT idea! Thanks and glad you enjoyed it.

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  15. Gardening, nurturing and watching things grow is so rewarding isn’t it? I know you love your garden Lisa ☺️ This is a lovely quadrille. Do you have peonies again this year?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is. Yes I do. Thanks. I have peonies every year but right now they are just beautiful deep purple stalks. We need rain and more warm days. I also have booby trapped my Asiatic lilies so the deer won’t get them this year!

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      1. Oh that’s so funny. Things we have to do to protect our precious blooms ☺️

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You said it! I turn tomato cages upside down so the spikes keep them away 🙂

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  16. lynn__ says:

    To plant flowers is definitely enriching 😉

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  17. Ingrid says:

    Great use of assonance in these lines:

    ‘cosmos caps capture interest.

    Incented, content, I sniff,’

    It sounds like you know your stuff when it comes to seeds! May your garden bloom 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I play at it. It’s one of those things where the journey is the best part. Thank you very much, Ingrid.

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  18. kim881 says:

    What a great idea, to have a library branch seed bank. I haven’t completely given up on vegetables (yet) but I would like to encourage more butterflies and add a bit of colour to the wild garden. I love the ‘milkweed constellations’ too!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kim. My cousin is one of the librarians and she has come up with a lot of good ideas since she’s been there. I hear you about the butterflies — and the bees!

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  19. kittysverses says:

    The garden looks picture perfect, happy gardening, Li. Loved the idea of a seed bank. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Kitty! Yes it is a great idea, and all of the seeds are donated so no cost.

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. And that’s a wonderful initiative. 🙂

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  20. My shareholder butterfly straw
    glugs from milkweed constellations.

    Love, love, love.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, David 🙂

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  21. Beverly Crawford says:

    I’d quite forgotten about cosmos, which was prominent in my mother’s garden. Thanks for the reminder. Your garden will be lovely!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I love cosmos. Haven’t grown them here but my mom grows them. I love those frilly leaves. I hope they grow well, thank you. Glad they remind you of your mom 🙂

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  22. Chris Hall says:

    May your investment bring you bountiful returns! (Love this song) 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Chris. I feel Joni is singing to Mother Nature — a plea for mercy for us poor idiots that don’t honor her gifts.

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  23. Helen Dehner says:

    Here’s hoping you score BIG!!!!!! A most creative poem about seeds I might add.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you, I do too.

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  24. memadtwo says:

    The best kind of bank! (K)

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  25. How perfect! I love it when things like that happen; it reinforces my faith in the universe and the mysterious way it works. I have cosmos and butterfly milkweed growing too! and today, I found a purple aster among my wildflowers.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very cool, Linda! I see synchronicity here 🙂

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  26. A seed bank! What a wonderful idea! So much better than stocks and shares;

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    1. msjadeli says:

      When they started it up a few years ago they had a “seed saver” come in and do a lecture on how to properly save seeds. It really came in handy when I saved tomato seeds.

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      1. I wouldn’t know where to start!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You put the seeds, as cleaned off as you can get them, in a canning jar with water and a permeable top. Wild fermentation actually “eats” the gel that attaches to the seeds. After a few days you rinse them off and dry them on coffee filters.

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          1. We got the best tomatoes ever grow from some odd squidgy one’s that we’d put in the compost. They were from a variety ordinary folk can’t buy apparently.

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  27. tsdwords says:

    I love this so much! “Butterfly straw glugs from milkweed constellation.” Fabulous words and you’re right—priceless!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 So happy to hear you like the poem, thank you.

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  28. I love how you set the stage with “I’ve invested seed money” and then wrote about a totally different investment. I love a good twist!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed my twist 🙂

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