A Fair Exchange

A Fair Exchange

My favorite plants do not grow here
The soil is not to their liking
So I learn to love new exotic ones
that tolerate the dryness of our winter
and welcome the hot rainy season 
Gone are the pretty blue hydrangeas
and pink hybrid roses tinged with gold
Replaced by bright yellow Allamandas 
and Wedgewood blue Plumbagoes
Strikingly elegant the orange-blue Bird of Paradise
stands tall holding its head high
Instead of sheltering myself under an Oak tree
I now sit in the shade of a Royal Poinciana
Marveling at its shadow-providing beauty
heavily adorned with burnt orange blossoms
The palm trees host varieties of orchids
clinging to the trunks with their outstretched tendrils
Hot sun and heavy rains gift me 
with a stunning technicolor of exotic blooms
A trade I gladly accept
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Claudia Schoenfeld, one of the original founders of D'Verse Poets, is hosting tonight and he has prompted us with 'Gardens or Gardening'.  A favorite pastime of mine.

Image Bird of Paradise Pixabay
Image Royal Poinciana by note thanun on Unsplash
Image Allamanda by DEZALB from Pixabay
Image Plumbago by Ian Lindsay from Pixabay 
Image Butterfly Orchid Wiki 

  43 comments for “A Fair Exchange

  1. July 16, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Hot sun and heavy rains gift me
    with a stunning technicolor of exotic blooms
    A trade I gladly accept

    My, Christine, Hank would love it to be there admiring the many varieties of beautiful colours, exotic in their blessings. You brought it to a beautiful close liking them all even though they took over those that you would have liked to have too! Wonderful descriptions Ma’am!


    • Christine Bolton
      July 16, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      You are so kind Hank. Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed it ☺️💕🌺

  2. July 15, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    There is truly a plant for every season, a flower for every climate. You seem to have adapted!!!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 15, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Yes that is true isn’t it? I certainly did adapt ☺️💕

  3. sanaarizvi
    July 15, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Love the image of those “burnt orange blossoms,” 😀 this is such a heartfelt and beautiful write, Christine! 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      July 15, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you Sanaa. I love writing about nature’s beauty ☺️💕⛅️

  4. July 14, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    What a heady intoxicating read Christine, just wonderful. Great pics also…🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      July 15, 2021 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Rob. Happy you liked it ☺️

  5. July 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    I love this plant – Bird of Paradise. Climate changes in the UK means that we can grow more exotic plants…but the price tag in terms of global warming maybe too high. We’re not warm enough for this specimen…yet.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 15, 2021 at 8:23 am

      I hadn’t thought of that Bernadette. I remember when I lived there we would buy house plants and do our best to keep them going. Now I live here and the same plant grows like weeds! 😊
      Yes I love the Bird of Paradise too 🥰

  6. July 14, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Accepting what you can get instead of trying to get what you can not is wise… The best gardens I have visited always bring in the best from the surrounding nature.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 16, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Yes, they are beautiful no matter where you are in the world ☺️

  7. July 14, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Great way to adapt to your surroundings Christine! What beautiful blooms, wherever you find yourself 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      July 15, 2021 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Ingrid. Yes we have to love where we choose to live. ☺️

  8. July 14, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Reading your beautiful poem is a reminder of what I left behind in Florida sixteen years ago … today I battle Oregon smoke/stinging eyes/a closed up house … ready for rain … so ready.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 15, 2021 at 8:31 am

      Helen, I am living in Florida, so I understand. It rained a lot yesterday and I thought of everyone out west and what you are contending with. I’m so sorry. All things being normal Oregon must be a pretty place to live, no? ☺️💕🌺

  9. July 14, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I love the photos and specially this fair exchange:

    Hot sun and heavy rains gift me
    with a stunning technicolor of exotic blooms

    Our winters here are long and harsh, so I keep some plants potted and warm with a humidifier during the season. How lovely to see all those exotic plants blooming.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 14, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Thank you Grace. Yes, Florida is full of beautiful Native plants and birds. I love it ☺️💕🌺

  10. July 14, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Lovely. We must and should bend to nature, not the other way. So glad you’re able to appreciate her bounty.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 14, 2021 at 11:31 am

      Absolutely! She has so much to give ☺️💕 Thank you!

  11. July 14, 2021 at 1:04 am

    A fair exchange indeed! Nature in all its glory comes alive in your words, Christine! 💕

    • Christine Bolton
      July 14, 2021 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Punam. I do love flowers ☺️💕🌺

      • July 15, 2021 at 2:01 pm

        So you do! My pleasure, my friend. 😊

      • Christine Bolton
        July 15, 2021 at 5:04 pm


  12. July 14, 2021 at 12:52 am

    so nice – and so wise to accept what’s possible and what is not… that is a good metaphor for life as well i think… i try to grow blue hydrangeas as well but had no luck so far

    • Christine Bolton
      July 14, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Claudia. I loved the prompt! Yes, with Hydrangeas it’s all about the soil 😕

  13. July 13, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    A lovley poem! Vivid colours and imagery.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you! Im s pleased you liked t ☺️🌺

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you so much. I appreciate it ☺️🌺

  14. July 13, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Sigh. Comment disappeared. It is lovely to appreciate the diverse beauty of a new location.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 14, 2021 at 11:33 am

      I found your comment in the SPAM box Sherry 😕 Yes! I couldn’t be happier. The flowers here are beautiful like the birds and the weather ☺️🌺

  15. July 13, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    It is lovely, appreciating the blooms in a new locale. Nature takes my breath away with the diversity of her beautiful expression.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 10:43 pm

      That’s how I feel Sherry. Nature is the gift that keeps on giving ☺️💕🌺

  16. July 13, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Such a lovely poem Christine. Loved the poetic description of your flowers.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you Sadje. I always love writing about Nature ☺️💕🌺

      • July 13, 2021 at 11:51 pm

        You’re welcome!

  17. July 13, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    What a rich offering of names and colors. I loved reading and imagining this.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and reading this. I really appreciate it ☺️💕🌺

  18. July 13, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    I usually spend my summers overseas in Asia doing missions work and it’s always fascinating to see the difference in the floral and fauna and finding new beauty in the jungles…so different but no less beautiful

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 8:27 pm

      That is something I always appreciate when I travel. Yes different in its uniqueness but always pleasing to the eye no matter where you see it. I love it when I see plants in far flung places that also grow here at my home.

  19. July 13, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    sounds just like the exchange I made many years back now.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 13, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      Yes, it’s a very noticeable difference isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by ☺️

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