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Plant Poems

Plant Poems

Girl with Dandelion My Garden
This is my garden, I'll plant it with care,
Here are the seeds I'll plant in there,
The sun will shine,
The rain will fall,
The seeds will sprout and grow up tall.

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The Little Plant
In the heart of a seed,
Buried deep so deep,
A tiny plant
Lay fast asleep.
"Wake," said the sunshine,
"And creep to the light."
"Wake," said the voice
Of the raindrops bright.
The little plant heard
And it rose to see,
What the wonderful,
Outside world might be.

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Little Brown Seeds
Little brown seeds so small and round,
Are sleeping quietly under ground.
Down come the raindrops
sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle.
Out comes the rainbow,
twinkle, twinkle, twinkle.
Little brown seeds way down below,
Up through the earth they grow, grow, grow.
Little green leaves come one by one.
They hold up their heads and look at the
sun.

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A Daffodil
A little yellow cup,
A little yellow frill,
A little yellow star,
And that's a daffodil.

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Five Little Peas
Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed,
One grew , two grew, and so did all the
rest;
They grew...and grew...and did not stop,
Until one day the pod went...POP!

I dig a hole and plant a seed,
Cover it with dirt, and pull a weed.
Down comes the rain, and out comes the sun,
Up grows my plant,
Oh! What fun!

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The Gardner Plants the Seeds
(can be sung to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)

The gardener plants the seeds.
The gardener plants the seeds.
High ho the derry oh,
The gardener plants the seeds.
2nd verse: The rain falls on the ground.
3rd verse: The sun shines bright and warm.
4th verse: The seeds begin to grow.
5th verse: Flowers grow everywhere.


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I put a seed into the ground
And said, "I'll watch it grow."
I watered it and cared for it
As well as I could know.

One day I walked in my back yard,
And oh, what did I see!
My seed had popped itself right out,
Without consulting me.

by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Little Seeds We Sow in Spring
by Else Holmelund Minarik

Little seeds we sow in spring
growing while the robins sing,
give us carrots, peas and beans,
tomatoes, pumpkin, squash and greens.

And we pick them
one and all
through the summer,
through the fall.

Winter comes, then spring, and then
little seeds we sow again.

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The Sun
by Mary Lou Healy

The sun calls little seeds to come;
They wake from sleep and grow.
Sunlight is very good for them,
And good for us, you know!

It warms the Earth which circles it;
It gives the world its light.
When it rises, we have day.
And when it sets, there's night.

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Seeds
by Winnifred J. Mott

I planted shining seeds this spring-
Just tiny they seemed to be.
And yet I hoped so very much
That they would change to flowers for me.

Today I saw a mist of green.
It made me very happy, so
I said a little thank-you prayer
To God, who made my flowers grow.

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Crocus Children
by Alice Crowell Hoffman

Just a little crocus
Growing in the grass
Can announce the springtime
To the folks that pass.

Just a little maiden,
And a laddie wee,
Can spread joy and sunshine
Where they chance to be.

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Tulips
by V.W. Lachicotte

In the garden
Tulips grow
Straight and golden
In a row.
Each one holds its
Empty cup
Drinking rain and
Sunshine up.

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Pussy Willows
by Mabel F. Hill

On slender willow branches,
In little coats of gray,
You sway in springtime's breezes
Like kittens at their play.

Where do you stay all winter?
Your ways are very queer,
But when I see you, Pussy,
I know that spring is here!

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Dandelions
by Hazel Cedarborg

Last night a fairy strayed our way
And played upon the lawn.
She danced and skipped from end to end-
Then suddenly was gone.

What frightened her, I do not know,
She dropped her purse and ran,
Leaving a wealth of golden coins
To shine when day began!

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Spring's the Word
by Aileen Fisher

Spring up, seedlings,
weedlings, clover!
Spring out, leaves,
now winter's over.

Spring up, green things!
There's a reason
Spring's the name
to fit the season.

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April Rain Song
by Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid
drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools in the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at
night-
And I love the rain.

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Mother Goose
Rain,rain,go away,
come again some other day.

Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again.

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I Like It When It's Mizzly
by Aileen Fisher

I like it when it's mizzly
and just a little drizzly
so everything looks far away
and make- believe and frizzly.

I like it when it's foggy
and sounding very froggy.
I even like it when it rains
on streets and weepy windowpanes
and catkins in the poplar tree
and me.

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