poetry and prose about place

abandoned gardens: how they escape

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“… some plants will

persist, some will languish

and die, some will escape into forest,

or edges of hayfields,

roads and ditches.”


34 Olinville road pink roses crop


Escape artists. How do those plants we see in ditches and fields get there?

Some move by seed. Some by vegetative reproduction (by horizontal roots or by rooting of a part of the plant).


lunpins Giants Glan


A good example of ‘escape by seed’ is the lupin.  The lupin sets its seed in pods.  When they dry, the seeds are launched as projectiles and so can travel quite far in a single generation. 


28 Olinville road orange day lilies


A good example of ‘escape by vegetative reproduction’ is the orange day-lily. It only rarely sets seed. It moves along ditches or into other locations by rhizomes (horizontal roots).


” … its names describe

where orange finds a home:

ditch lily, railroad lily

roadside lily, wash-house lily


outhouse lily.”


31 Olinville road orange day lilies


In New Brunswick, you don’t have to drive far to see an orange day-lily or a lupin.


This work was made possible by a Creations Grant from artsnb!


All my best.

Staying home,

wearing a mask when I escape.




Written by jane tims

July 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

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  1. The orange lily by the two seater …a scent-sitive type do u suppose?

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    July 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

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