My Posts A to Z Challenge April 2018

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My Posts A to Z Challenge April 2018

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This year I wrote all Haibun posts which is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku.

For the complete month, I wrote a Haiku/Senryu poetry which I’m sharing here.

Letter A, I called it a Tanbun as it was tanka poetry, the only one.

X was the only letter I could not find anything in the nature theme in New Zealand, that I know about or have had experience with, so I went with the plant Xyris, known as yellow-eyed grass, which to my knowledge is not found here, please correct me if I’m wrong.

Here is all the Haiku poetry I wrote for the Haibun –  if you would like to read the whole post, click the link for each letter of the alphabet.

A for Acridotheres Tristis Myna a bird.

Its black hooded head
yellow patch behind the eye
with legs bright yellow.
Hold their ground squeaking at me
letting me know they’re the boss.

B for Bumblebee

soft hair on body
contrasting band of color
yellow and dark brown

C for Canna Lily

not a true lily
broad flat alternate leaves
narrow roll unfurl

D for Dragonfly

adult dragonfly
can move in six directions
hover in midair

E for Earwig

old wives tale, earwigs
burrow into human brains
and laid their eggs there

F for Fuchsias

pink red and white shades
pendulous teardrop shapes
attractive to birds

 G for Glowworms

fire-fly, lightning bug
beetle, fly or just a gnat
just call them glowworms

H for Hibiscus

beverage tart flavor
tea made with hibiscus flowers
vitamin c, health

I for Iris

lemon yellow bloom
the beauty glides pass my eyes
enriching the soul

J for Japanese Maples

deciduous shrub
weeping hanging perfectly
art in the garden

K for Kingfisher

green and beige colors
very hard to tell the sex
excellent vision

L for Ladybird or Ladybug

welcome ladybird
dome-shaped body, six short legs
bright red colored shell

M for Mint

peppermint lemon
mint enjoyed in herb garden
fresh aromatic smell

N for Naked Ladies

light and dark pink flowers
always makes my husband smile
naked lady flower

O for Opossums

short lifespan two years
thirteen nipples no wonder
breeding time-table

P for Possums

their fur, valuable
possum merino clothing
soft wool for knitters

Q for Quaking Grass

greater quaking grass
seeds and leaves are edible
trembling in the wind

R for Ragwort

pretty yellow flowers
tourist commented nice flowers
If only they knew

S for Sheep

sheep are amazing
they are not dumb animals
hand reared lambs friendly

T for Thistle

coarse spiny-winged stems
purple beautiful rosettes
Invasive species

U for Umbrella

seldom see the young
with an umbrella these days
prefer being soaked

V for Viburnum Plicatum – Snowball bush

flowers in the spring
red berries in the summer
pretty leaves in autumn

W for Wasp

making home-made jam
windows, doors need closing tight
wasps love something sweet

X for Xyris

clusters of small flowers
flowers appear in the morning
expand afternoon

Y for Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea)

larva drab black grey
a beautiful butterfly
loves stinging nettle

Z for Zinnia

popular flower
butterflies like zinnias
hummingbirds also

Thanks to all my supporters, the comments, likes, and love shown. I appreciate it.

Take care and keep smiling. 

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 30 April 2018 – Z is for Zinnia – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 30 April 2018 – Z is for Zinnia – a Haibun

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Zinnia is a flower I used to grow in the garden some fifty years ago, the reason I haven’t grown it since is that it is a flower that like warmer weather and it never seemed to survive living under a mountain.

Their range of appearances is from a single row of petals to a dome shape. Zinnias have a great range of colors from a white, to a chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple, or lilac.

popular flower
butterflies like zinnias
hummingbirds also

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 28 April 2018 – Y is for Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea) – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 28 April 2018 – Y is for Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea) – a Haibun

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Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea) were very common, on our farm there was plenty of stinging nettle in the thick bush, their main source of food, they laid their one or two eggs onto the nettle leaves which the larva would eat, and for sure humans won’t go near it.

They also feed on the nectar from the Hebe flowers that is common in the bush.

Normally the last of the season’s brood survive as larvae until the next season so their survival rate is good.

larva drab black grey
a beautiful butterfly
loves stinging nettle

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 27 April 2018 – X is for Xyris – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 27 April 2018 – X is for Xyris – a Haibun

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Xyris – Known as Yellow-eyed grass.

X is the only letter I could not find anything in the nature theme in New Zealand, that I know well, having worked or seen in my lifetime, so I have gone for the plant Xyris.

It is a perennial aquatic plant found near swamps, shallow ponds, and wet drains, it has long stems topped with a scale-covered brown spike, the spike produces a number of yellow flowers.

There seem to be different types of Xyris but all known as the same type of yellow-eyed grass family, most of them seem to be in some part of the USA.

As I have never seen it, maybe you haven’t either, so hopefully, I have described it correctly.

clusters of small flowers
they appear in the morning
expand afternoon

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 26 April 2018 – W is for Wasp – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 26 April 2018 – W is for  Wasp – a Haibun

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Wasps have been a pest in my life every year on the farm, now living in town, I’m so relieved not to have those little yellow and black striped insects stinging me as I come across a nest of them in the garden when weeding, usually hiding, their nest concealed with long grass.

It is said that it’s only the female that has a sting, I don’t know about that but I have been stung many times, especially when you find a nest, I think you have the whole hive chasing you, not nice.

We had a hundred Nashi pear trees, wasps would ruin the fruit by puncturing holes in them for the sweet nectar.

I used to put frozen meat outside on a table to thaw and the wasps would puncture the plastic bag and feed on the thawing meat.

So glad I have got away from them, they can and have killed out a whole hive of bees.

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making home-made jam
windows, doors need closing tight
wasps love something sweet

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 25 April 2018 – V is for Viburnum Plicatum – Snowball bush – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 25 April 2018 – V is for Viburnum Plicatum – Snowball bush – a Haibun

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Viburnum Plicatum – Snowball bush, is a deciduous shrub.

The flowers when they first start forming looks like snow sitting on the bush from a distance it looks a very attractive plant.

Little red berries appear on the shrub about March leaving another spectacular display in the garden.

We had many on our farm in East Taranaki they were easy to grow it is a shrub that grows on you cannot help but notice it all the year round.

It is a plant that is better to not prune it as it destroys its natural style, so plant it where it has room to expand

flowers in the spring
red berries in the summer
pretty leaves in autumn

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 24 April 2018 – U is for Umbrella – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 24 April 2018 – U is for Umbrella – a Haibun

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Umbrella, Parasol, Brolly whoever you would like to call them they are a fact of life, you use them, rain or sunshine.

They have been around since 21 AD, according to the oldest reference.

The largest handheld umbrella is a  golf umbrella, there are many sizes, they are mostly collapsible, making them manageable.

seldom see the young
with an umbrella these days
prefer being soaked

This is not a Haiku poem, it is a Senryu poem, which is called a human haiku.

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#A to Z Challenge – 23 April 2018 – T is for Thistle – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 23 April 2018 – T is for Thistle – a Haibun

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There are many invasive types of thistles, they all are weeds whether in orchards, gardens, lawns or pasture, the Nodding, Scotch, Californian they all spread by seed and have spikes, some very sharp not welcomed anywhere.

coarse spiny-winged stems
purple beautiful rosettes
invasive species

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge – 21 April 2018 – S is for Sheep – a Haibun

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A to Z Challenge – 21 April 2018 – S is for Sheep – a Haibun

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I have been farming with sheep for sixty years, Romney was the main breed we started with, then we crossed them with a Perendale ram, that was when all the trouble started, they were fast runners no wool on their legs and with no farm dogs in bush country they sure gave us a run around at times, but I still have some very special memories of them.

Interesting facts – there are nearly 1.300 different breeds of sheep throughout the world with around 200 being domestic sheep, also sheep have four chambers in their digestive system, I knew cows did, but not sheep so I just learned something new and I thought I knew everything about sheep.

2016, about 27.6 million sheep in New Zealand.

My story- Phobia of heavy rain and sheep farming.

sheep are amazing
they are not dumb animals
hand reared lambs friendly

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 20 April 2018 – R is for Ragwort – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 20 April 2018 – R is for Ragwort – a Haibun

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Jacobaea Vulgaris – Yellow Ragwort is a noxious weed in New Zealand, a plant that destroyed farmers land, if not eradicated yearly. Plowing up new land for grassing down, bad news, once the ground was disturbed the seeds germinated, they had been covered up for hundreds of years, by the early settlers breaking in the land.

My husband and I spent some thirty years, spraying, pulling flowering ragwort and burning it, but the ragwort still kept trying to take over the farm, what a nightmare, there are many stories I could tell you about this subject, maybe one day I will.

pretty yellow flowers
tourist commented nice flowers
If only they knew

April 2018 A to Z Challenge