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Welcome! As "Annie in Austin" I blog about gardening in Austin, TX with occasional looks back at our former gardens in Illinois. My husband Philo & I also make videos - some use garden images as background for my original songs, some capture Austin events & sometimes we share videos of birds in our garden. Come talk about gardens, movies, music, genealogy and Austin at the Transplantable Rose and listen to my original songs on YouTube. For an overview read Three Gardens, Twenty Years. Unless noted, these words and photos are my copyrighted work.
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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Harvest Haiku

This post, "Harvest Haiku" was written for my blogspot blog "The Transplantable Rose" by Annie in Austin.

Pleasure in Autumn
Stealing nuts from the squirrel
He rages; I smile

Oval wooden box
Fallen from the pecan tree
Valued when broken

Where are the loquats?
Hidden in next year's flower
Praying for no ice

Peppers were captured
Vinegar and glass hold them
Heat awaits the tongue

It was fun playing with these sort-of Haiku for the November edition of Garden Blogger's Muse Day . Unlike our friends in colder places, we feel no slowing down this month - there's too much to do! With more moderate day temperatures and the blessing of cooler nights we're happy to be digging, planting and transplanting. I'm deciding where to plant daffodil bulbs once the ground has cooled off a few more degrees. For the Austin gardeners this month isn't NOvember ... it's NOWvember!

This post, "Harvest Haiku" was written for my blogspot blog "The Transplantable Rose" by Annie in Austin.


  1. Thank you , Annie for your once again amazing contribution to Garden Bloggers' Muse Day.

    How wonderful to live in a place where you don't feel that November is the beginning of the end !

  2. Of all the types of poetry out there, I think Haiku is my favourite--not something I do myself but I love when others create them. They're word portraits and perfect with the photos. This is great--and I love the idea of this being NOWvember.

  3. I'm busy, busy, busy, too! I realized that I really need to replant my ENTIRE garden, to start completely over. We'll see how far I actually get.

  4. I love the 1 about stealing from the squirrels - revenge fantasy #3 for me!

  5. Annie, these "sort-of Haiku" are a lot of fun! I especially love the first one, along with the photo of the squirrel running off. Perfect!

  6. You have such a way with putting words together! I'm also waiting for just a little cooling to start moving some plants.

  7. Annie writes haikus
    Puts them on her blog
    Readers smile.

    Love the (sort of) haiku's and the pictures. Well done!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  8. Clever words Annie :) I'm glad you managed to steal nuts from the squirrels this year, but I'll bet they still got a few.
    Your 'sort of' haiku poems are fun.
    You deserve to have NOWvember weather after putting up with those long, hot summers. I can't help wishing we could keep digging, planting and transplanting too. I've been doing some of that with our lovely stretch of weather, but I think it might finally be over. The cold wind kept me inside after work this afternoon.
    Enjoy your cooler temps!

  9. Your lucky that your season isn't over yet. We have our colors now but hardly any flowers. :(

  10. NOWvember is right! I need to get busy. Enough of sitting around in my patio chairs.

    I really like your pecan haiku.

  11. your Haiku are great. I threw a few daffodil bulbs in the ground today, myself (Tahiti!!!) thanks for stopping by my blog

  12. I love haiku. You smiled at cheating the squirrels and I laughed out loud.

  13. I love the humor and irony in your haikus Annie. Haiku is so difficult to do well because the strict form forces an economy of words. I appreciate the difficulty of writing a poem which constrains the writer to use a spare and succinct choice of words. Too much teeth gnashing for me I'm afraid. In Japanese Haiku an implied, usually hidden reference to seasons is a requirement. More teeth gnashing. Not as easy as it seems when you look at the small amount of words you are able to use. You do it very well.

    What happened to the loquat? Is the tree not mature enough?

  14. How lucky are you to have nuts in your own backyard?! :) I love the photo of the squirrel and the accompanying poem.

  15. How cool, pictures accompanied by poetry-it would take me quite a lot of time/effort to accomplish that! Was at DFW on my way back home from Maui, and actually thought of you and Pam while there!

  16. Thank you for organizing this day, Carolyn! Sometimes I miss being able to leave the garden to its own devices and concentrate on the inside.

    Hello Jodi - your NOvember was the call... mine was just the response. These verses probably would not pass any tests for being authentic!

    MSS - there isn't any rain predicted and the days are pleasant so there's nothing to stop you! This will be very interesting.

    I've had a running battle with the squirrels for decades Mr Mcgregor's Daughter - it was very satisfying to thwart them.

    Hello Colleen - thank you... he was running with a pecan in his jaws ;-]

    Leslie, thank you and happy transplanting.

    You crack me up, too, Carol. We may as well stick with Thalia...she's been good to us so far!

    Your autumn colors were so glorious, Kerri, that your eyes might need a rest by November. Do you usually get a warm spell around Thanksgiving? That used to happen in Illinois.

    Don't feel sorry for the squirrels, they got more pecans than we did!

    Hi DigitalFlowerPictures - most of the time I enjoy the long season, but you can grow peonies, tulips and lilacs, so I'll be jealous in spring.

    Yes, Pam/Digging - everyone knows how much you sit around -NOT! Those chairs must get dusty.

    Welcome Muum - thank you. I have to go look up Tahiti... sounds familiar and I think a friend in IL used to grow it.

    Thank you Entangled - you know I live for that reaction!

    Since that 'autumn' was overt rather than implied, my efforts don't meet the standards, Ki, but if I can make my garden blogging friends smile, I am content.

    These loquat buds have just appeared and may be open by late November. There were lots of tiny fruit developing last January, but that ice storm destroyed the crop.


    Nancy J. Bond, we've had 3 years of cleaning up from our messy pecan trees, but these are the first edible nuts... it's very exciting! Thank you for coming over.

    Hello Nicole - sometimes the words come fast - but it took several days to catch that barely adequate squirrel photo!

    I think the DFW airport is about 4 hours from Austin... I once spent a night sleeping on the floor there when Austin-Bergstrom was shut down and I couldn't get home.

    In Texas the saying goes something like, "If you're going to heaven or going to hell, you'll still have to pass through the Dallas-FortWorth airport."

    Thank you very much, Yolanda Elizabet - your entire garden is a form of poetry.

    Thanks for all the comments!


  17. Authentic or not your haiku is great. I smiled all the way through the bowl of nuts. :)

    I hope the squirrels leave you enough pecans for a pie on thanksgiving.

  18. Your Haiku just shows how much talent you really own! Is there no limit to what you can to? I love it.

    Cooler nights, a frost - all setting the stage for winter. Hmmmm...

    You will be gardening through it all, Annie.

  19. What wonderful haikus! The "Oval wooden box" one was my favorite. But I did have to smile along with you while the squirrel raged. *grin*

  20. Unlike you
    I can't Haiku
    But I did enjoy your photos, especially the nuts in that lovely leafy dish!

  21. Lovely post and I like your haikus!
    Regards from Switzerland!

  22. Annie, those are wonderful...! You're a very talented lady.

    As always, I love your photographs too.

  23. I like the part about the squirrel. They used to steal all our walnuts. We call them tree rats.

    I was going to write my comment as a Haiku but it's too early and I had too much wine last night. I'm waiting for your limerick post. I could get into that.
    Ther once was a man from Nantucket...

  24. These are so nice Annie, I always think writing Haiku is challenging.

  25. I enjoyed your haikus very much, even the one with the squirrel. I'm afraid that a haiku I wrote about a squirrel would be quite different, perhaps even might qualify as horror haiku. I also very much liked the pepper one -- we love our hot peppers here and it was a bumper year for them.

  26. You continue to amaze me with your many talents! I enjoyed your haiku, but it gave me the heeby jebbies remember all the English classes, being forced to turn such poems, when my heart wasn't there!
    Have a great week! Enjoy this incredible weather! Chris

  27. Terrific poetry, Annie! I love the "NOWvember" statement...although it's cold here, the same goes for me. Bulbs, more perennials, then amending with truckloads of manure...Nowvember, indeed!

  28. Love the haikus. It was a treat to find these!

  29. You are a talented writer, Annie! I loved these Haiku ... especially the one about loquats and 'praying for no ice'.


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