The Casual Garden

I’m busy planning my garden; I’m not a formal gardener, tulips don’t suit me as they stand too straight, like guardsmen, and always seem to be planted in rigid
rows. So, give me winding paths, flowers casually grown, and the occasional weed …


I have renounced laundered lawns     
with hefty box hedges
waived weedless borders
and nit-picking knot gardens

rather I have salients of salal
kinnickinnick and chicory
bracken with scattered foxgloves
violets under sword ferns

replete with voles   field-mice
raccoons   garter snakes
choruses of chickadees
dance of deer and slink of mink


my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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2 Responses to The Casual Garden

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    I also let wild flowers grow, even either the oherwise pursued yellow ones. I share a lack of time, enjoy wild and wonderful. Have a good day!

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