Posted in August 2013, Haiku

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Red Rose-Red Maple

The last rose of summer
Competes with the red maple
August’s farewell


Leona J. Atkinson   08-31-13

Posted in May Flowers 2013

Forget Me Not


Tiny little flowers

In white, pink and blue
How could anyone
Ever forget you?
For you surely are significant
Your beauty’s not obscure
In my garden you are welcomed
Even though you’re miniature
For size doesn’t designate
A flowers sense of worth
As often it’s the little things
That are most regarded on this earth
Therefore you need not worry
As you grow in my garden plots
For I will always remember you
My little  Forget-Me-Nots

Leona J. Atkinson  05-31-13

Posted in May Flowers 2013




Candy in the garden
Easy on the eyes
Found amongst the rocks
Under sunny skies
Fragrant white  tufts
Umbels with purple centers
Candytuft in the garden
A welcome sight when one enters

Leona J. Atkinson

Posted in May Flowers 2013

Fields of Lavender

A Lavender Day
A Lavender Day

Though you are miles away

Your fragrance fills the air,
Drawing me to the place where you grow,
and spread your purple splendor as far as my eyes can see.

Lavender,  the loveliness of you should be enjoyed more than just one day in May.

Leona J. Atkinson

Posted in May Flowers 2013

A Morning Treasure


Upon taking a morning walk in May,

a bright splash of color enters my day.

It’s  Marigolds growing in a patch,
their colors so vivid, nothing can match
the splendor the sunshine brings to each bloom.

I pause so my eyes can consume
the the sea of colors, orange, yellow, scarlet and gold!
What a morning treasure–a sight to behold!

Leona J. Atkinson

Posted in May Flowers 2013

Lovely Lilacs


Lilac!  The sight of you is like the visit of an old friend.

Your fragrance brings back fond memories of childhood
days in May when you bloomed in my front yard.

We children would run and play while enjoying the scent
you surrounded us with.

Mother would let us pick bouquets of you to grace our table and
to share with neighbors who were not as fortunate to own a bush such as you.

Lilac,  I loved you as a child,
and I still enjoy your purple splendor in my yard
and upon my table in May.

Leona J. Atkinson

Posted in Holiday, May Flowers 2013

The Common Dandelion


Little yellow blossoms,
Often picked without much stem,
By little hands seeking flowers for Mother.
Children love you.
To them you are beautiful, and you’re free!

They  can gather you and make crowns,
And chains, and rub you under their chins to see if they like butter.
How fun!  I smile at the thought.

Gardeners and grown ups don’t like you much,
but on this Mother’s Day
I wonder how many of you
Became yellow bouquets of love,
Gracing Mom’s dining room table,
Along with a homemade card.

Dandelions, I think God created you just for children.

Leona J. Atkinson   05-12-13

Posted in May Flowers 2013

Perky Little Petunia

Perky Petunia
Perky Petunia

Perky Little Petunia,

Here you are once again,
Blooming so prettily
in that silver can.

You gave us your beauty,
so many days last year.
Never again did I expect to see you,
Yet after winter you did appear.

Your hardiness has earned you,
a special focal spot
in my Spring garden,
for an Annual you are not!

(Written for Laura Jae’s little Petunia plant
who lived through the winter to bloom again this Spring!)

Leona J. Atkinson  05-10-13

Posted in May Flowers 2013

Little Wonder of White

Ground Cover
Ground Cover

You look like a wild strawberry blossom,
but your waxy green leaves negate that.
So I wonder who you are little wonder of white?
You are such a beautiful ground covering mat
growing so free, your name I’d like to know.
Were it not Spring I would think you were snow.

Leona J. Atkinson