Rows of flower beds

Customized water features

Koi pond, if you please?

                                          Wrought-iron furniture

                                          Garden ornamentation

                                          Murals add some flair

If you're so inclined…

Maybe a pergola too?

Trailing plants and vines


                                           Endless possibilities

                                           Perfect symmetry!


If you would like to find out more about the haiku challenge, go to Jenn's blog.     

…and we're back to our weekly dose of weird, whacky and sometimes wonderful words (from the dag's dictionary)…

Horrorgami – the vain attempt to re-fold a road map back the way it came, especially in high wind or while still driving.

Quizotic – compelled to shout answers towards a TV or radio whenever a quiz show is being broadcast, in the unrealistic belief you'd easily win.



  1. Karen on May 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    A delightful write! I am forever planning my garden in my head. Now, I just have to get out there and do something!

    • michelle on May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I am definitely NOT the green-fingered type!

  2. November Rain (k~) on May 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    You created a nice scenario for the backyard here Michelle.

    • michelle on May 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks! All the elements above are also dependent on the size of the backyard…

  3. Leslie Rose on May 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Oh, Michele, this post gave me the gardening bug. Horrorgami is perfect. On my last cross country trip I was forbidden from touching the maps.

  4. michelle on May 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Gardening bug? Rather you than me! I killed a cactus once… but that's an entire post on its own…:)

  5. The Golden Eagle on May 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I love the garden theme!
    Why must they make maps so hard to fold back up? They could at least put in markers that indicate where you're supposed to start . . .

    • michelle on May 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Thanks G.E. I am not very good with maps… but I'm good at recognising physical landmarks! If I've been to a place once, chances are, I'll find my way back there again. I always look for "memorable yet easy landmarks" – things/objects that mean something to me… and I remember in that way.

  6. Sherry Ellis on May 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

    That's just lovely.  I can picture it all in my head!

    • michelle on May 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Sherry. Btw, I loved your "600 kernels popping" image! It was priceless… ah, a real "Kodak moment" 🙂

  7. tara tyler on May 10, 2012 at 1:36 am

    beautiful garden images! nicely done!

    • michelle on May 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thanks TTT! Loved your picture too!

  8. becca givens on May 10, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Lovely landscape to enjoy ~~
    Visiting from Sensational Haiku Wednesday:
    <a href="">Before Our Time</a>

    • michelle on May 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

      I will pop in to check yours out shortly, Becca. 🙂

  9. Debbie on May 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Nice Haiku's there. And those two words at the end, describe me to a tee. Not so much with maps, but I am guilty of leaving the Sunday paper exactly the way it started out. And no one likes to watch Jeopardy with me, because I always shout out the answers, right or wrong 😉

    • michelle on May 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Ah, Debbie. Thanks for the laughs!  🙂 My hubby also likes to shout out the answers (before anyone else has a chance, then he can say HE was first!) Then I say – but we're not in the competition—–  🙂

  10. Anthony North on May 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Excellent haiku on gardening.

  11. michelle on May 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for visiting, Anthony!

  12. Perle Champion on May 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I like your virtual garden.

    • michelle on May 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      … and that is what my gardening will remain… a virtual experience… don't want to have another "cactus-killing-moment"… 🙂 (refer to my response to the 3rd commenter above)

  13. Rekha on May 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Artistic gardens always impress if the expression of creativity and your Haiku captured just that.

    • michelle on May 12, 2012 at 12:51 am

      It was fun to design this "virtual" garden!

  14. zongrik on May 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    landscapes of perfect symmetry can only be manmade
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  15. michelle on May 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

     Unnatural beauty! 🙂

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