Waiting for the Roses

Rio Sambas

Here, in this place, this haphazard garden, is peace. The lavender spills into the path, breaking free of its boundaries. The bright orange Mexican sunflowers with their golden pom-pom centers, are blooming even now in late November. Bees hover around the milkweed, gathering pollen for their nutrient rich honey. We are watching a chrysalis for signs of life and soon, a butterfly will emerge, free to soar the azure sky.
The first week in December, the Rio Sambas will be at the height of their winter blooming. December 7th is my late mother’s birthday; they bloom to remind me she is always here.
This is my favorite season in Arizona. Other parts of our country have had their first snowfall, but here it is a balmy 72 degrees today. This is our Autumn, and we suffer through the brutal hot summers, sweating and waiting for these glorious days.

December rose blooms

brilliant petals blossoming

fading, fall to earth

©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Haibun Monday:https://dversepoets.com/2018/11/26/haibun-monday-waiting/

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64 Comments on “Waiting for the Roses

  1. Such a gorgeous opening:

    “Here, in this place, this haphazard garden, is peace. The lavender spills into the path, breaking free of its boundaries. The bright orange Mexican sunflowers with their golden pom-pom centers”

    Wish I could sniff it in person.

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  2. We have snow in Chicago at the moment. I used to work remotely from a Phoenix office and had to go there off and on even in the summer. The heat can be amazing. Totally unexpected at least for me.

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  3. I grew up in WA state, then lived a decade in Southern CA. I never got used to the loss of distinct seasons, but I did savor the mildness of winters vs. the broiling in the summers but wild fires, flash floods, mud slides and smog sent me running for home. Been back in WA state for 30 years now.

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    • Yes, I do have my moments of missing all that. I grew up in Texas, so the seasons in Houston were not always distinct. Thanks for stopping by Glenn.

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  4. Haphazard is right up my garden path, Linda, especially when it involved lavender and sunflowers – I can’t imagine all that colour in late November – and a butterfly! I love the thought that the Rio Sambas remind you that your mother is always there. 72 degrees in Arizona and December roses blooming sounds like heaven.

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  5. Your haibun is so close to my heart as it speaks of gardens and flowers and roses. It brought me peace and joy especially since our garden here in the North East is gone. Your rose plant looks so healthy too. love love love.

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