Saturday, March 25, 2006


This evening has been focused on seeds! A short time ago we ordered a light stand for starting seeds. I have wanted one for years and now it is here sitting in pieces all around the living room. On the deck waiting is a sack of soil and I am just waiting for all of these pieces to be assembled so I can set up the flats that have tiny green shoots beginning to show and fill more flats with seeds... So, my thoughts are on seeds again

I stand
gazing over the garden patch
laid bare of its blanket of snow
in this unseasonable winter weather.

Garlic and onion
think it is spring
and have put up
green shoots.

Small leaves
of mint and kale
have risen
above the dark earth.

The chipmunk has
ventured out of his cozy den
to gather seeds
fallen from the bird feeders.

noses twitching,
have ventured out
from under the rocks.

The ground hog has seen his shadow;
more winter is coming on
but I brought out the garden catalogue
and am blissfully ordering seeds.

(thoughts from a couple of weeks ago)


Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

I love your seed picture. It reminds me of spring planting and early vegetables. Also, we used to raid the vegetable garden. Ummm umm

11:38 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

So hopeful!

12:59 AM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

Beautiful poem ... I see it all: the tentative appearance of spring, the anticipation of growth and a bountiful harvest. (Enjoy your new light stand.)

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Gin said...

Yesterday we had snow flurries, not a day to think about seeds. The forecast for tomorrow is 60. Much better! I'll dig out seeds in anticipation of that. But the things that I enjoy each year, even more than seeds, are the volunteer plants that appear around my compost heap. Those are the true gems of spring. But those are still a few weeks off. Seeds. Yes, seeds today.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh I love the photo of the seed packets-- I would keep them all once emptied and make a decoupage with them! they are wonderful


9:34 AM  
Blogger Pris said...

Oh the seeds!!! My father was a gardener (vegetable) all his life. while he culled many seeds from the previous crop, he ordered some, too, and one big memory of my childhood is the magic of seeing those seeds arrive each year! Thanks!

9:59 AM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

That is wonderful - the picture and the poem. What an array of colour, taste, texture, scent, you have in store.

12:52 PM  
Blogger In Otter Space said...

Very attractive photo!

Here in NC we are a few weeks ahead and the smell of the wild onions when lawns are cut makes my noise dance with JOY!

Hope you enjoy Maureen's book!

2:30 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

The photo of seed packets is perfect. It captures the essence of the season, the promise in each seed. Lovely poem, too.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Blue Dog said...

seeds always offer such wonderful new beginnings--like magic, every time.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I, too, love the seed packet photo. Would be perfect in a collage. What is a seed light stand? Though I live at the ocean, my townhouse faces east, so I get limited morning sun and very few seeds will grow, but I love them--and seeds played such a huge role in my growing up family as a kid--and with my own kids. Your poem was comfortable as an old shoe. Felt good.

2:54 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

I read your poem and look at the seed packet photo and I can feel Spring in the good dark earth, although our earth is still covered with snow. Thank you!!!


9:08 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

I have always dreamed of growing my own vegetables ... I can't wait to follow your garden this season and learn and take notes along the way.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

cynthia e. bagley
I enjoy the creativity of the artists who do the packages... I also am waiting to raid the garden - guess it is quite a few months away

Planting seeds is all about hope and faith

pam in tucson
How right you are "anticipation"

most of the plants here are natives so it is always a delight to explore and discover what is coming up in the hidden corners.

yes - it is seeds today

blue poppy
great idea.

my father had a lovely garden --- his mother also was a serious gardener. I can't begin to match their skill but I find it pretty good therapy and relaxation.

now we wait and see if they all come up --- I am waiting for the blooms

in otter space
I used to dig wild onions and make a spring soup -- yummy

I really am enjoying the book - thanks much

rexroth's daughter
"As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul."
- Anonymous
thanks for the encouragement

blue dog
I keep wanting to dig the seeds up so I can see what is happening
(I want to know how magic works also :=)

fran aka redondowriter
Oh thank you for your comment --- Picture of the stand will appear in my next post.

snow has just left (although we have been having regular snow flurries) I have to go out every day to watch for more signs of spring

hope you get to follow that dream -- I will keep you posted on all my mistakes. It is amazing but a lot of things grow in spite of my ignorance.

11:18 AM  

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