get out of my garden

passion vine
texas sage
indigo spires salvia
confederate jasmine
royal cape plumbago
africa palm
pygmy date palm
pink powderpuff
crinum lily
st. christopher’s lily
silver dollar eucalyptus
white african iris
katie’s charm ruella
variegated shell ginger
florida coontie
ming fern
sword fern
walking iris
chocolate cherries allamanda
awabuki viburnum

is there room in my heart
for you to follow your heart
and not need more blood
from the tip of your star

walking iris
chocolate cherries allamanda
awabuki viburnun
natal plum
black magic ti
mexican bush sage
gumbo limbo
golden shrimp
belize shrimp
weeping sabicu
golden shower tree
golden trumpet tree
bird of paradise
come in
variegated shell ginger
red velvet costus
xanadu philodendron
snow queen hibiscus
bleeding heart
persian shield
cat’s whiskers
royal palm
sweet alyssum
petting bamboo
orange jasmine
clitoria blue pea
downy jasmine

dividing canaan
piece by piece
o let me see
dividing canaan

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“I was in a mood that day… We were supposed to be cutting something else, and it wasn’t coming together. Matt [Matt Chamberlain] was running around, but the band hadn’t shown up yet — meaning Caton [Steve Caton] and Jon [Jon Evans] hadn’t come. And I just had this thing about my garden. I got a list from my gardener about everything that was in my garden that was still alive.”

“…I’m talking about the times when lines have been crossed by men. Men can be dangerous, like in the song Datura about how sometimes they can bring you gold and sometimes they can be the bearer of poison. The plant Datura is a hallucinogen and it’s like men. If you get the right amount you’ll walk into the garden and become a woman, but if too much seeps in in the wrong way and at the wrong time – it’ll kill you.”

I: The song Datura that I was having a listen to – I’ve been reading up on it. Now apparently you have a herb garden with a list that you run off in the song Datura as well.
T: Had.
I: You had? What’s happened?
T: You know that Hurricane Irene?
I: Oh yes, did hear about it.
T: Oh, she kicked my butt. My gardener, I had this emergency message from my gardener, like I get this message in Berlin. “Your gardener’s calling from the tropics – they say it’s tragic.” So I’m going to have to go down there and figure it out. But I’ve lost everything in the garden except the Datura. (laughs) Which is a hallucinogen, that’s good because then it’ll help us get everything back together again.
I: Fantastic. So do you put together herbal remedies? Do you concoct natural remedies for things? Like oh, example, we’ve got a lot of people who are studying at the moment – they’re cramming, they’re stressing. Anything for concentration? Or for creativity? (pause) Do you mess about with your herbs at all?
T: Uh, no. I have other people to do that. Because it’s kind of tricky stuff. Because honestly, like with Datura, if you do it wrong – people have died doing it. So if you get it wrong you could become brain damaged.
I: Mm. I read that…
T: Some people around me think that I’m brain damaged but I don’t want to take it further. You know?
— Tori; JJJ (Triple J) Radio, Nov. 3, 1999

“Datura is this plant that if you put too many leaves in to steep — even though it does have altered-state potential in a big way, like bella donna–if you don’t steep it correctly, I hope you like to fly…”
— Tori; Tower Records’ Pulse Magazine, Nov99


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