Saturday, November 1, 2008

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day--November 2008

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Starting From Paumanok

Take my leaves America, take them South and take

     them North,

Make welcome for them everywhere, for they are

     your own offspring,

Surround them East and West, for they would

     surround you,

And you precedents, connect lovingly with them, for

     they connect lovingly with you.

--Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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20 comments:

easygardener said...

The colours are beautiful - and such a wide variety of leaf shapes.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Greetings easygardener. All these leaves were collected during the course of one afternoon walk with Diva Dog, just around our neighborhood here in the city.

Karen said...

Nice collection! I bet I've seen some of those trees... ah, Ballard. I do miss it, over here across town. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of its fall splendor!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Nice group of leaves. I wish we had fall color like that.

Jan said...

Whitman is one of my favorite poets, and this poem is perfect for this time of year and your photo.

Jan
Always Growing

Rose said...

Whitman's words are just perfect for fall! Lovely photo, too.

Just read your post "If I had a rowboat" and enjoyed it so much! I used to do a lot of scrambling, too, in the mornings when I still worked and had four kids to get out the door:) Occasionally I would find myself at work with mismatched socks or, worse yet, shoes. I can see why you walk to work when you can--such beautiful scenery.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Hi Karen! It still surprises me how many different varieties of trees we have here. My all-time fave in this neighborhood is the HUGE catalpa on the corner of sixth ave & 51st. Do you know that one? If not, you have got to drive by it sometime. --Curmudgeon

Hi Aunt Debbi. You may not have fall color but you are still harvesting tomatoes! --Curmudgeon

Thanks Jan. Given the election tomorrow, this snippet of the poem really resonated with me.

Greetings Rose! Yes, Whitman's words are most appropriate right now. As for scrambling, combed hair and matching socks/shoes is just too time-consuming of a luxury on such mornings! --Curmudgeon

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Walt Whitman is a favorite of mine. Lovely combination of the leaves and the verse.
K

Shady Gardener said...

WWW, I Love this poem!! And you did a wonderful job with your leaf collage. :-) I've just hauled 3 huge tarp-loads of leaves to the "ravine." And they keep gently falling (lovely). If I somewhat keep up with them, it makes the overall impact less intimidating! Happy fall day to you! (It's another beautiful, warm day here!)

Soon to change a bit, I'm certain.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Thanks Karen!

Hi Shady. The wind cooperated and was still while I worked on my collage. Here's hoping you keep up with your leaves. We're cold, blustery and wet today.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Great collection of autumn leaves and wise words. An unbeatable combination!

Anna said...

Oh, I never thought about collecting all the leaves and showcasing them like that. For sure WW got his inspiration from us gardeners. How many people have we inspired and all for free;)

VP said...

Lovely Leaves Lingering...

garden girl said...

beautiful verse, lovely leaves!

Viooltje said...

Fab post, magic leaves collection. Could it get any better?

Kerri said...

Your leaf collage is truly beautiful, and the Whitman poem is perfect.
A very creative and artistic post!
Thanks for sharing :)

A Cuban In London said...

You can never beat a good Whitman poet. And the image is sublime.

Greetings from London.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Thanks Yolanda. WW does have some gems.

Hi Anna. It was a fun art project!

They didn't linger for long VP! The wind scattered them far and wide.

Thanks garden girl.

The colors were so amazing. Viooltje. It was really magical

Thanks so much Kerri!

Muchisima gracias ACIL.

chuck b. said...

Lovely leaves!

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Greetings Chuck. It was a spectacular Fall here this year.