It’s Spring–Or Is It? Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge


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It’s Spring—Or Is It?

The first year after we moved to Reno, my sister sent me a gardener’s diary. A thoughtful gift-giver, she knew of my newly born enthusiasm for the garden that we were able to plant in our large yard. Each week I dutifully entered notes: what we planted, sowed and dead-headed, the weeds we battled, the heights of the tomato plants and their yield, the weather conditions, what fared well, what needed more light or water, what didn’t make it. This journal offered us the surety that the following year we would know exactly what to do when spring first showed her colors.

The second year, I abandoned the diary. The slopes were open to skiers on the Fourth of July; tomatoes planted after the last snow on Peavine wilted; blossoms froze on the Stella cherry tree,which subsequently gave no fruit and the sweet peas and jasmine didn’t have a chance. Spring and each season that follows is a new experience every year. We have grown to love the adventure of extreme gardening.

Snow covers Peavine
Morning sun bronzes her slopes
Spring cowers behind clouds

Linked to Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge. Peavine Mountain is just northwest of Reno. Local lore has it that you don’t want to plant your tomato seedlings outside until the snow is off of Peavine.

14 thoughts on “It’s Spring–Or Is It? Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge

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  2. claudia says:

    that brought back some memories of own garden experiences. it’s an adventure isn’t it? and each season is different. it’s best to stay flexible..

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  3. Jules says:

    Even though we have about 3 months of every season – every day is different. One just has to look…
    Enjoy your garden.

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  4. I know this… of course many of the plants are failing in Sweden if we take them out too early… add to that a moraine soil and the prospects for success are slim… love how you have used the haiku.

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  5. Vivian Zems says:

    I found it funny…this adventure of extreme gardening :)…at least there’s something to keep you on your toes!

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  6. lynn__ says:

    Interesting haibun 🙂 I had a garden notebook where I would draw the layout each year, write dates/crops planted, and record what I preserved…eventually forgot the notebook but am still happily gardening!

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  7. A lovely poem, Victoria, and an interesting post about your garden.

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  8. merrildsmith says:

    “Extreme gardening”–I love it. Lovely haiku, too.

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  9. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #4: Victoria Slotto’s latest #haibun for my current #haikai challenge!

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  10. A wonderful story of “barely spring.” I love how your second paragraph leads with not keeping the diary, in total contrast to the first!

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  11. I’ve been given, but never kept a gardening diary. My mother never did either and she managed well enough despite the peculiarities of each season. Nature doesn’t like to be predictable 🙂 Lovely reminder.

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  12. Sue says:

    Love that Haiku, Victoria

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  13. Thank you for the post

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  14. kanzensakura says:

    Awesome haiku Victoria. The last line drives it home. We always have a rainy season from April till almostJune. It is almost impossible to get a garden planted until late. Luckily the heat is so intense things grow at a pace. Peas were planted here last week along with broccoli and cauliflower.

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