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savage garden (haiku)

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

It’s funny how your mind works. This week I’ve been taking a lot of long walks just before sunset and one evening I ran back home to grab my camera so I could snap some pics of these strange flowers. Later that night, I was doing some random sketches trying to decide what this week’s strip would be. In my doodles, was the large flower above and that led to the haiku idea, etc. The thing is I never made the connection that the carnivorous flowers were coming from the strange flowers I had photographed earlier. If I had half a brain I might have used them as reference shots. 😛

Anyway, I throught I’d post them here. The ones that grow in groupings are really odd. They only open up briefly and when they’re closed they look like flaccid monster bits, dozens of them hanging limp from this cactus that grows very tall and wraps itself around the trees. The other flower is stolen from my neighbor’s cactus and it blooms for about one day each year. It’s freaking enormous. I took a shot of it with my kitty for scale. That flower could easily bite my cat’s head off. O.o


In other news, I updated the GingerDead store with a new t-shirt design from the Death Play haiku strip. So, if you feel like buying stuff, go here. I’ve had a fair amount of sales over the last few weeks. If would love to see some pics of people posing in t-shirts and even post them on the site. If you’re camera shy you can chop your head off I suppose or carve a pumpkin head and wear that. That would be sweet!

(calan-@-GingerDead-dotcom is where to send stuff like photos or fan art or crazy stalker-like love letters.)

I know a lot of you have no clue what I’m talking about when I mention Second Life, but I’m going to mention it anyway. I wanted to be able to offer the t-design in SL as well, so I made a racing jacket, t-shirt and fingerless gloves using the same artwork. So if you are part of the metaverse your pixelated self can wear GingerDead threads too. SL is a pretty awesome creative outlet for me. Here’s the ad I did to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:


That’s all for now. Have a great week!



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15 Responses to “savage garden (haiku)”

  1. Gabe Lippmann Says:

    drawn to the sweet scent
    glorious nectar awaits
    in her fatal folds

  2. calan Says:


  3. Seraphine Says:

    what vendetta saw
    on amorous flower heads
    lovely teeth abound

  4. justme Says:

    from decaying earth
    broadcast with seeds of discord
    ravenous beauty

  5. Rodro Says:

    Venus Flytrap plant
    baring vegetative fangs
    gaping flora mouth

  6. Starguy Says:

    Vendetta attacks
    Defends her garden from the
    Evil vicious plants

  7. Craig Says:

    Ooo nice poems from the other commenter’s. I was just going to say how that garden resembles the enchanted garden in this book I read a while back. Good book too, can’t remember the name but it was by Michael Moorcock.

    *Feels like he has to have a poem*

  8. Dries Says:

    Dangerous flowers
    deadly traps for a child’s game
    vendetta at play

  9. calan Says:

    wow great haikus everyone!

    craig – regular comments are just fine! was the book illustrated or it just resembles how you pictured it in your mind? i’m trying to figure out if that author’s last name is a blessing or a curse for a guy. hehe

  10. Craig Says:

    Haha, I found out the book name ^^ The eternal Champion: Corum, it’s a great series, if your into fantasy then give it a look. And it was how I pictured it in my head. Thanks for reminding me about it 🙂

  11. Zef Says:

    Deadly Botany
    The Plants Await Nourishment
    Another Life Lost

  12. Dries Says:

    oh? well in that case

    mister/miss (i don’t really know how to adress you) do you know the latin (or english name is also fine) name of the cactus-with-huge-carnivorous-flower-weird-looking-thingy-bla-bla-detail… thing you described ?
    i’m gonna go see if they have one in the gardening centre.

  13. calan Says:

    Dries, Are you talking about the Venus Fly Trap? They are carnivorous – eat flies and such as the name implies. My brother had one when i was a kid. It actually snaps closed when something lands inside. They dont look much like my drawings but more like these flattish bean shaped heads. The opening is red in the center though and watching them snap closed on prey is pretty cool. I googled the latin name for you – Dionaea muscipula but if you tell the gardening people ‘ Venus Flytrap’ they’ll know what you mean.

    (The cactus flowers I photographed aren’t carnivorous. They are just weird and only bloom for like a day.)

  14. lamer Says:

    A diverse garden
    How can a planet so bad
    Deserve such beauty?

  15. calan Says:

    *sigh* idk lamer. maybe it’s not so bad after all? cool haiku. 🙂

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