Friday, 4 November 2016

Singable Limerick-Medley: DELIGHTS OF THE GARDEN

laneway scene
beyond a Charleston garden
POST #135        
SINGABLE LIMERICKS ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to  "The Limerick Song", as in "The Flea and the Fly". See sactoGranny's recording on YouTube here.
ORIGINAL LIMERICK VERSES: Many of the verses have been published at the OEDILF website (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form) by Giorgio Coniglio, 2016-2017. The OEDILF identifying number (#), the "defined word", and the Author's Note accompanying the poem, where relevant, are shown beneath the chord-chart slide.

WORDPLAY LINK: Green-thumbed readers as well as wannabees can now enjoy verses about the role of trees in the garden on our sister blog "Edifying Nonsense". Sadly, they did have to wait patiently for a blogpost to become available in March 2019. The new collection of poems (Uprooted Trees") host verses about the crepe myrtle, sago palm and sabal palmetto among other species of importance to the Carolina lowcountry gardener.

1. The Charleston Garden (Loutrel Briggs)
2. Creeping Fig
3. Tractor-Seat Plant 
4. Japanese Yew
5. Gazebos
6. Indica Azaleas 


(To the tune of "The Limerick Song". Display of the lyrics has been condensed to 4 lines for each verse, with internal rhyming in line 3, rather than the more customary 5-line limerick format.)

1. In peninsular Charleston you'll find
Gardens terraced with brick walls fig-vined
(Hosts will boast, "Nothing finer -- Loutrel Briggs, the designer."),
Where refined folks recline and unwind.

2. Creeping fig, also known as fig vine
Finds direct Southern sun is like fryin'.
Near a door , shaded brick -- A few plants cover quick(ly).
Finely trim for intriguing design. 

3. It's my fantasy: tractor seat plants --
Where I perch in my workshirt and pants.
How far-fetched! But Farfugium (Dark leaves, seat-shaped, huge-um)
Should shady bare gardens enhance. 

4. We've two homes hedged by 'Japanese yew'
Where it's crucial to shade neighbours' view.
Searched the South, and twigged, sharp us, to the lush Podocarpus,
For the North, common Taxus will do.  

5. To Victorian charms of gazebos:
Watch the belles, snatch a snooze, c'est la vie, beaus
Belvedere or rotunda, peaked roof, shelter under --
They're like balms for life's qualms, not placebos. 

6. Vaunted Gardens can flaunt their regalias,
Springtime indicas, vintage azaleas;
Drayton's planted them brashly
At his home on the Ashley
For his eye-catching spring saturnalias.
(see slides below for the alternate version.)


Hotlink to Wikipedia: "Azaleas"

Hotlink to Wikipedia: "Vidalia onions"

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