On Martha Stewart’s Houseplants

Beauty, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 8 January 2013 @ 2:53 PM 38 Comments


on Martha’s blog i see
ferns of 220 jolt green

and begonia side tables of
maple grown in coastal Maine
under many mystical moons.

her jades look happier
than kids up a tree.

her orchids are
the reason her
canaries sing.

i see she has a painting of
a waterfall, and a noticeable
lack of dust on everything.

she does not seem to have
any trim boards missing.

see how her chairs are
like evening cathedrals,

and her kitchen like
dawn on the sea?

i’ve never been invited
to a dinner party at Martha’s
but if I ever am, let’s go

together, dressed
as butterflies younger

than the first
dance of spring.


A little something for dVerse Poetry Open Link Tuesday.

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  • 1

    On 8 January 2013 at 3:19 pm

    claudia said, 

    a kitchen like dawn on the sea…her jades look happier
    than kids up a tree…. alright…let’s go and visit martha…smiles

  • 2

    On 8 January 2013 at 3:21 pm

    brian miller said, 

    older than the first dance of spring…seriously, think of how much time is spent to make it look just so perfect…or photoshopped…cough cough…haha….i dont think i will ever be invited…smiles….good to see you jannie!

  • 3

    On 8 January 2013 at 3:43 pm

    kelly said, 

    oh, it’s a deal, yes, let’s!!

    “butterflies older than the first dance of spring”

    just wonderful

  • 4

    On 8 January 2013 at 4:14 pm

    ayala said, 

    Okay, let’s go 😉

  • 5

    On 8 January 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Daisy said, 

    I’d love to go along too! 😀 You look like you have a very green thumb, Jannie.

  • 6

    On 8 January 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Jason said, 

    I love your line “her jades…kids up a tree”– it manages to create perfect imagery without a single (related) descriptive word. Ain’t nothing happier than kids up a tree. Nice. ~ Jason

  • 7

    On 8 January 2013 at 7:59 pm

    lucychili said, 

    the plants do look blissed =)
    best wishes

  • 8

    On 8 January 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Mary said, 

    I would love to go to a party at Martha Stewart’s. Your poem made me smile. Despite all, to me she seems pretty ‘down to earth’ actually……and I’d love to sample her cooking. I also have an affinity to anyone who has a lot of dogs…which she does. Smiles.

  • 9

    On 8 January 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Alex Dissing said, 

    I always thought Martha got a bad rap. Talented lady, & so are you.

  • 10

    On 8 January 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Ravenblack said, 

    Going to Martha Steward’s place is fine. I would never invite her over to mine though…. she reminds me of an aunt who is very neat and particular about dust. The pressure and stress when she’s coming over — 😐

    Cheers to you Jannie. :)

  • 11

    On 9 January 2013 at 5:40 am

    kaykuala said, 

    That’s right, Jannie! With all the greenery who would want to be left out. Be the first and savor the healthy scene! Not everyday one gets to be with Martha!


  • 12

    On 9 January 2013 at 7:40 am

    wolfsrosebud said, 

    augh… I won’t take any pics of my house plants

  • 13

    On 9 January 2013 at 11:32 am

    Mama Zen said, 

    I just love the way you describe things!

  • 14

    On 9 January 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Kim Nelson said, 

    Oh Martha! She does inspire, doesn’t she? And your rhymes are a delight.

  • 15

    On 9 January 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Thanks for popping in, all.

    I sure do appreciate you’ve been here.

    Still feeling a bit under the weather, but I hope to be out and about soon.


  • 16

    On 10 January 2013 at 12:33 am

    Fred said, 

    nice Jannie. I love that you know these plants. I’m one of those people who enjoy all flowers/plant life but I have to admit, the greens all look the same or very similar to me. My dad’s a green thumb and I’ve mentioned this to him before in his garden and he gets all shocked then tries to point out these differences here and there and “how can’t you see this? don’t know what that popped to mind here, but glad it did. Really nice ending here as well, great tone. Hope all is well.

  • 17

    On 10 January 2013 at 12:45 am

    Liara Covert said, 

    Each plant has awareness, perspective and energy that vibrates in this world. Nice to feel your appreciation for diversity and examples of Mother Nature.

  • 18

    On 10 January 2013 at 10:51 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Count me in. I have just the dress. But frankly, if you’re not going, neither am I. Me an Martha don’t really see eye to eye.

  • 19

    On 10 January 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Pat Hatt said, 

    The cat would chow down and leave poor Martha with nothing but a frown. Agree with brian too, prob photoshopped up the wazoo.

  • 20

    On 10 January 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Audrey Howitt said, 

    Oh Jannie–you make magic happen! Loved this!

  • 21

    On 10 January 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Sara said, 

    It’s so nice to see a poem. I liked it very much.

    I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of Martha. I don’t have any problems with the woman herself. It’s just…well, who really has time to make your house look like this? Maybe I’m jealous.

    I liked what Ravenblack said…visiting Martha’s home might be fine, but I wouldn’t dare invite her here. OMG as I look around, I blush to think of what she might say if she came by. I’m not sure I could get her to come in the door…

    On the hand, this was one of New Year’s resolutions…to keep my house looking better and less like it just got burglarized:~)

    Feel better soon, Jannie.

  • 22

    On 10 January 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Dr. J said, 

    I tend to feel that Martha is not a nice person.

    YOU are a nice person.

    That is all.

  • 23

    On 10 January 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Poet Laundry said, 

    Lots of cool lines in this piece…and your close definitely made me want to dance. *looking around* I feel suddenly self-conscious about dust…eh, oh well. Go Martha! And Jannie!

  • 24

    On 11 January 2013 at 3:32 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    I wish my place was huge n pretty, instead of tiny n cluttered. I’m betting this would be a challenge even for Martha- None of her fancy stuff fits in here! I barely fit in here! I like her pretty interior forest tho- n your poem too!

  • 25

    On 11 January 2013 at 11:39 am

    Lynn said, 

    Martha has a spiffy house, huh? I like the sound of your outfit. :)

  • 26

    On 11 January 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Dear lovely humans…..

    Thanks SO MUCH for popping in.

    I am feeling great, allergies at bay for the moment.

    I was planning on answering all comments separately but I’m going to be volunteering at a gymnastics meet all weekend, and must get some ebay auctions up before the fun starts this afternoon, so I guess this comment is IT for a while!!



  • 27

    On 11 January 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Heaven (@asweetlust) said, 

    there lines are so poetic:

    see how her chairs are
    like evening cathedrals,
    and her kitchen like
    dawn on the sea?

    And I like the green pictures, I am actually envious ~

  • 28

    On 12 January 2013 at 9:18 am

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    I really don’t know anything about Martha! Now I need to find out more!

  • 29

    On 12 January 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. if I can dance by spring – I’ll come with you – a tea dance amongst the aspidistras … would be cool … I have friends who’ve started rock and roll dancing …

    Dverse suits you … love your wording and those jade greens …

    Cheers and have a happy weekend … Hilary

  • 30

    On 14 January 2013 at 2:54 am

    Jannie said, 

    so, anyhoo…..

    Yes, CLAUDIA, I picture her house like a ship sailing to unlimited possibilities. I hope she’ll send us a golden invite!! :)

    I think, BRIAN, she took all those pix herself, but I could be wrong. She does take a massive amount of pix for her blog to accompany her informative posts. And I’m not sure if she photoshops. :) I think she’s too busy. Maybe some of her magazine pix are, you never know in this day and age of that kind of art.

    KELLY-BO-BELLY… (That looks funny printed out. I’m always calling my girl that.) Anyway, well, you know that first tinge of green on a tree in spring? I was thinking of that. But it’s all a dance in spring, eh? :)

    AYALA!! Sounds great. Shall we take the train? Or rent a car to go?

    DAISY!! My green thumb reared itself today as I watered the little cedar (or maybe juniper) Jim bought me for Christmas. It’s about 8″ tall. I’m thinking actually of getting back into indoor plants, inspired by Martha.

    JASON!! I actually first thought of how those jade leaves looked like happy kids on a giant jungle gym. But trees are the original ones, eh? And thanks for popping in! That’s right nayberly of you. Now you’re one of the Jannie Gang!! :)

    LUCYCHILI! And I caught up with her blog again a few nights ago. Wonderful post on her hot-house flowers now blooming that she splashes about in vases in her home. Ones she grows right on her Bedford, NY farm! One of these days I’ll have the hubby build me a little greenhouse. After he finishes completely remodeling the old remodel! :)

    MARY-MARY, I think I could’ve chosen a better color for behind Tulip. Or is it Violet. Or the other poochie? In the sidebar button I made for you that is. I personally LOVE that particular shade of gray. But anyway….. as to your comment, yes, I find her very down to earth on her blog. And she sure is one busy lady! I hope she is not overworking herself. Probably not, because she lives so creatively, it’s not really work.

    well, I am already up probably way too late, so I best mosey on to sleep now.

    y’all take care and I’ll see you in another now.


  • 31

    On 15 January 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Jannie said, 

    You are all still so awesome, and I am still planning on returning here to speak to the remaining comments. Before too too long.


  • 32

    On 17 January 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Bur First… Jannie is back in der haus.

    Now, Boys & Girls….. where were we in the story?

    Mary had just raised her hand and I answered.

    ALEX! Yes, when one is Super Famous one is open to sometimes judgement and gossip. Ahhh, thanks, on the Talented Lady thing, being lumped in there with Martha is a mighty-good thing. I really enjoy her blog — I realize now I neglected to link it up in the copy of this, but I will.

    RAVENBLACK! She might surprise us. Growing up with 5 siblings in an average middle class New Jersey existence I’m sure she’s been in many many kinds of homes! And on her travels many places to the planet. And OMG, speaking of homes, hers are all AMAZING!! She does have an eye for beauty.

    HANKY!!!! My pal, I’ve written you into a poem, about 4 or so weeks ago I think. But back to THIS now… :) Life is as healthy as we want to let it be right. Another thing I love about Martha is she does not diet. Food is here for us to enjoy. She eats well, and holy COW!!! All the best cooking and no wonder of the kitchen in all 9 courses spared. yummy, yummy. Her recent Dec. Holiday Brunch?? O.M.G.

    WOLFSROSEBUD!! I have a limited number of houseplants now. I have other gardens tho, and get to enjoy the great outdoors one now and then and when I am a bit older I shall revive my own terra cotta pots. :)

    So… I guess I have to get ready and go see about that Picasso.

    I will most likely be back here before the moon has risen another 5 times.


  • 33

    On 18 January 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Alrighty then,

    MAMA ZEN!! Well, thanks. And I just love your poetic wanderings a lot too!!

    KIM!! Well, she does inspire, but these days of not so much of a decorating fund I have to be creative. :) I’ve repurposed some of my big baskets for shipping supplies. And I’ve organized my store as well as I can — yet I pine for wide pine board cabinets and open shelves painted early Spring Green. :)

    FRED!! Well, I admit I did not know ALL the plants in her blog post before reading. She taught me about staghorn ferns and different kinds of begonias, among others. Her posts are highly informative. I think with identifying plants, you just have to dive in there and buy, plant care for some! :) Then they become quite familiar to you.

    Yes indeed, LIARA, each plant adds to the dance of life with it’s whisperings and laughter, telling stories and singing songs to each other root-to-root and oxygen to oxygen.

    ALICE AUDREY! Oh, what does your dress look like? Is it long? Short? Oh well, you never know. When we are face-to-face with people it usually goes well And hopefully she will have lots of champagne at that dinner!!! :)

    PAT! Martha has a cat or 2, as well as other cute little friends. And yours would have a BALL on her many acres. I think the natural lighting on the photos does wonders, probably no photoshopping to do.

    Oh my goodness, Audrey Howitt — I guess I just catch the magic passing through and dress it up for you to see. :) But thanks, so much. I am glad this delighted you.

    SARA — you’re so cute. To admit possible jealous is courageous and human. But HEY — what I’ve seen of your new kitchen remodel — GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Martha would feel very awesome in there, I’m sure. We still have TWO years of fizing up this house for me to feel it would be martha ready. :) or even Jannie ready. Oh yes, parts of what we remodeled 15 years ago need updating and repair now! :) And at least 4 rooms here today are looking liek they were burgurlized!! :) (or however you spell that.)

    Ahhh, Dr. J. I tend to feel our President is not a nice person. You ARE. That’s all. :) (So, I try not to think of him. And make my life the best it can be in the ways I know how to.)

    POET LAUNDRY — dust, OMG, don’t EVEN get me started. One smart thing I have done in the pst couple months is buy a Lifetime guaranteed furnace filer, electrostatic, that never needs replacing, just hosing out when the dust, cat hair, half our backyard, and much of the fireplace ashes fill it up. And only $40.00 landed off eBay — how great is THAT!???

    but gotta go for a bit!!



  • 34

    On 19 January 2013 at 1:04 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    A long, black velvet skirt and gold-lame blouse. But only because I can’t fit into the navy cocktail dress anymore.

  • 35

    On 19 January 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Alice Audrey!! I have a long black velvet skirt too — ankle length. It has a couple of munching holes left in it from Kelly’s first bunny, but in most lighting are totally not noticeable!! In fact I wore it to Kelly’s gymnastics banquet 2 weeks ago, it’s the skirt on the mannequin in that pos ta little before Christmas.

    My lame shirt will be silver-ish with hints of april sky and wine hibiscus.


  • 36

    On 19 January 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Jannie said, 

    SNAGGLE — one can do wonder with small spaces. You can go for tiny and pretty. But stuff can be hard to part with. :) Especially stuff you need to LIVE with, like fridges, stoves, sofas, guitars and books. :) Thanks for having been here.

    LYNN — oh yes, and spring fashions will soon be here. Tho I just wear what I like. In any season. I do like Texas winter, tho. Actually, I kinda liked Canadian winters too. I’m weird that way. Like Tori Amos, a winter kind of girl. :)

    HEAVEN!! I’m envious too. But enjoy escaping to her the lovely vingnettes on her blog. And don’t you think the Chippendale style chair back looks somewhat like church windows? Misty dawn on the sea, the spray listing towards the lee.

    LLCOOL JOE!!! No WAY — I’d’ve thought Martha Stewart was a Big Name in the UK too. Well, did you know she was a fashion model in the 60s? Yep — tall and blonde. Beautiful face. She still looks very pretty. Something to aspire to at 71! And 81. And 91!!!

    HILARY!!! I bet you can dance in winter too, and all seasons. What kind of dancing do you like to do? I guess you had training in salsa, riverdancing and Mexican Hat back in school?? :) Apidastras? Are they a cross between asters and, and… well now you’ll have me Googling young lady. Thanks! I do love broadening my knowledge of things. A lady emailed me a link the other day to an Italian poet from the 18th Century. So I Wikipedia’ed. I actually donated $3.00 to Wikipedia a couple weeks ago. A good deed for that day. :)

    Y’all ROCK. And then some.


  • 37

    On 22 January 2013 at 12:18 am

    Liara Covert said, 

    Spring is a state of being, an energetic rebirth. You embody it in your zest for life. Love that you take to plants and they talk through you. They have their own language and you are a witty translator or their energy and view of life.

  • 38

    On 22 January 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Ahhh, Dear LIARA — I shall now go and kiss every plant I see. :) And they love me singing them the oldest show tunes best.


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