2010年5月20日木曜日

feeling the (free garden) love

I'm exhausted- up at 6, the usual morning rush, super cleanup for teacher home visit, drove with co-farmer A three towns up the road to get veggie seedlings (we were both too busy this year to get seeds happening on time), home via supermarket for weekly shop, eat lunch, lay two rows of plastic in the garden, home visit, teach, home, one more row of plastic down, evening routine, teach, K home so make his dinner- so I really just wanted to go to bed tonight but I have to say a huge thank you and the weight of that would keep me from sleeping well so (with even more grammatical and spelling errors than usual) here goes:

After blogging about the front garden and my wish for a low maintenance, high gain eco-system I had two lovely surprises- a box of incredibly blue/ purple primulas and ...ahhh.... something that I've already forgotten the name of... all the way from Hokkaido and some snapdragon seeds from Ibaraki. I was so happy I was almost glowing. I have never grown snapdragons (or the other things that came with the primulas) before and that is always exciting but it was just so nice that someone went to the trouble of thinking of sending out some flowers. Wow. Especially my Ibaraki flower fairy-godmother as I had no idea she even read my blog!

And I know it's kind of sappy and sentimental but I always think of where the flowers came from when I look at them in the garden.

I look at my rose border and smile as I remember 12 little kids all saying happy birthday and thank you as they gave me a mini rose at our playgroup.

I look at my eucalypt (It's still hanging in there, mum!) and think of my Nanny (the grandma type not the Mary Poppins type- although she isn't lacking in magical powers...) who sent us the seeds.

I look at the different flowers I have grown from seeds that my senior women's classes have given me and just know that they are all a foot taller and a month further along in the blooming department in their gardens....

I look at the sunflower seedlings just coming up and remember the vice-principal at kinder spending her free time harvesting and bagging them up for the kids to take home and plant...

And so now I have two new people to think about as I garden. And that's exciting. The free garden is turning into a real free love garden with all those warm thought and memories planted there popping up at different times during the year to remind me to take care of the people in my life as well as the flowers.

It's not always pleasant having these floral reminders though-

I look at my water dropwort (seri) plant and always think darn I owe Kevin 17 emails, a phone call and a carrier pigeon by now....

Just as soon as I sow the snapdragon seeds....


1 件のコメント:

A さんのコメント...

Glad you like the seeds. When the flowers appear, show the girls how to make the "dragons" open their mouths :) Not snapdragons until you can make them snap ...

Fellow Aussie, A.