Here’s a butterfly cinquain for our Tanka Tuesday theme of flowers, and why we love a certain one best. I can’t say that I have a favorite flower. I really love them all.

If I had to choose, it would be the daylily. It’s a hardy plant that can stand the harsh Michigan winters and even does well in the hot tropical sun in Florida. I’ve grown daylilies everywhere I’ve lived, except the desert. The 120 degrees F. heat was just too much for them.

There are so many varieties and color options from yellow to dark red, with all the tangerine oranges in between. Don’t forget fushia!

Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay
"The Happiness of Flowers"

red daylilies
lily of the valley
lavender, and delphinium—
that brings joyfulness to my heart
tending the soil with love
rainfall rewards
new growth

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

I’ve been itching to get my hands in the soil and to start planing. But first, there are bushes and a tree with roots growing above the ground to tear out, and compost to add to the soil. Dustin, my son from another mother, has volunteered to help me clear out the old bushes and trees that were never cared for. We’re blessed to have his help.

Once the bushes in the front are taken care of, we can move to the back where three plum trees were planted, then hacked down to bush size. The trees are in rough shape. They have to be removed as the tops were chopped off of them.

The best thing about gardening is that you can take your time. It’s therapeutic to work in the soil. It will be good to spend some time outside this summer. I can’t wait!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Pat! It’s a mess. We contacted a landscaper and he wanted $10,000! I think we will just do a little bit at-a time. It will be fun, though. 🤣🌸❤️


  1. There are so many plants in my yard. Many gifted by birds. I had to dig any of them out. But remember a weed is anything growing where you don’t want it!

    I’ve got Tiger Lilies growing in my front yard. Let me know if you’d like some. They are orange with black spots!

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