slow drip of water as though from tropical leaves where jasmines blossom moisture seeps into the soil roots slowly absorb no pooling at the bottom of the flowerpot watering orchids with ice helps them to grow strong heads off overwatering mimics their natural home
The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem. The early form consisted of a series of katauta joined together. This gives a choice of form structures of 5/7/5/5/7/7… etc., or: 5/7/7/5/7… etc.
The Choka could be any total line length and indeed many exceeded 100 lines. Looking at this, it is easy to see why Poetic Historians believe the katauta is the original basic unit of Japanese poetry using either the 17 or 19 unit onji.
The above choka is my take on d’Verse’s Quadrille challenge.
The Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word “ice” in a Quadrille.
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52 thoughts on “Tropical rainforest, or: Flowerpot”
Lovely and informative too 🙂
💜🙏🏻 Ange 🙏🏻💜
Well done, David. And no wonder orchids never survived in my hands. Now I know.
I think most orchids need a bit of cold before they can bloom again… we have many that bloom year after year since we keep them outside in summer and into early autumn.
Cold slows every process. Cool idea!
🖤🙏🏻 Susan 🙏🏻🖤 ~ it’s super effective 👌
David, this was a clever use of the word ice… I’ll remember this watering technique for the future. 💜
💓🙏🏻 Colleen 🙏🏻💓 ~ give it a try!
I will do this for sure. Great tip!
A great Choka David. Loved seeing your orchid. Mine are all gone.. love for 4 months and then the black thumb appears and I toss them.. 😆
🤍🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻🤍 ~ that’s just a free stock photo 📸
I know but good to see one neeways! 💞
Many people writing about flowers today. I think we are all longing for summer. This is wonderful, David.🌹
💝🙏🏻 Nancy 🙏🏻💝 ~ thanks! I agree 👍🏻
Wonderful write 💖✍
💞🙏🏻 D. A. 🙏🏻💞 ~ thank you!
I didn’t know that about watering with ice, David! 😊
💚🙏🏻 Merril 🙏🏻💚 ~ it’s a great approach 👍🏻
I really enjoyed your choka, David, as jasmine and orchids are among my favourite flowers (after tulips), and will remember to water my orchid with ice in future.
🧡🙏🏻 Kim 🙏🏻🧡 ~ I try not to forget; but it is quite easy to do
🌸🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻🌸
Yes you right, the cherry blossom would be the perfect flower for this form, given its history.
You take great and proper care of your special flowers
The ice cubes are a perfect tip to keep these flowers healthy and strong
A gracious form fertilized with dignified words, devoted to a plant of such refinement.
💝🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💝