Future “tense”…is that nervous? Because I am.

March 22, 2013

The WordPress weekly photo challenge, future tense, has got me thinking.

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Each year I open my packets of seeds and hold them in my hand and feel the life energy stored within each perfect little parcel. Then I look at my garden space and know that I won’t have the room for all 50 or so seeds, and so we play the “who will live and who will die” game again. I hate it.

I really try to swap/ give/bribe people to take the extra seeds and let them grow and most years I’m pretty successful at it.

This year, the second growing season in my garden, I’ve got my act together a little more and have bought some angled iron to stand up the ancient gates with. I figure they will give me twice the growing space for beans and peas than the bush variety. And I love the privacy and the garden room feeling that height in the potager gives. (Have also bought some brown metal spray paint because I can’t live with the cold silver. (Artist…so sue me))

So the soil is prepared, the seeds are out of their packages and ready to be planted, future tense looks a little less stressful. Now, who can I find to send half of a package of scarlet runners to?

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I really, really wanted to write this post but I'm so moved that I've been staring at a blank page for an hour.
Probably got too much sun today...

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40 Comments

  • Reply vastlycurious.com March 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I start inside- lovely interpretation- can’t wait to start myself!! Un-known species but I have the seeds!!
    http://vastlycurious.com/?attachment_id=1396

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Lol Kathryn, I have the same un-known species here in little envelopes…what are we like? 🙂

  • Reply Becca March 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I love this, Veronica. You are so caring of your little seeds. 😉

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      I do care Becca, it breaks my heart to compost some of the seeds. 🙁

  • Reply mithriluna March 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Great entry for this week’s challenge! I am also looking forward to planting seeds in my garden.

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Hello Mithriluna, you lucky mom of 9 kids! What an adventure your life must be…I would have loved to have 9. As it is I’m so blessed to have three…what have somehow multiplied into seven!?! 🙂

  • Reply mithriluna March 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    You are very blessed indeed!

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      It’s true Mithriluna. Now to keep reminding myself of that. 🙂

  • Reply Angeline M March 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I love that you hold the seeds in your hands like that

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Thak you Angeline, they need to be felt and held I think. 🙂

  • Reply Jean's Photography March 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Beautiful! Only with your tender love and care will these seeds “grow up” to encompass this garden.

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      So true Jean. I loved your couples interpretation; really moving. Love and caring is always the answer, isn’t it? Hugs 🙂

  • Reply JoAnn Bayne March 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    This is a wonderful post – such thoughtfulness for your garden and plants. I love the privacy created by a green, growing garden.

    • Reply Veronica March 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Me too JoAnn. Especially when one had bought a rather flat piece of ground. Have to pop over to yours to keep up with your garden. 🙂

  • Reply vatelechuza March 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Wonderful image of Life renewing and is a truth Poem 🙂
    Thanks too for visiting my place!

  • Reply seeker March 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Scarlet runners, huh, how about throw it all over the place in your area. Flowers are great for hummingbirds.

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 3:00 am

      So true seeker, have to find some supports first. 🙂

  • Reply Richard Tulloch March 23, 2013 at 12:12 am

    The rejected seeds will never know about your decision. Or care, fortunately.

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 3:02 am

      There you go Richard! 🙂 I really have to stop anthropomorphising the hell out of everything.

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn March 23, 2013 at 2:52 am

    do you have guerilla gardening over there? maybe they’d love to have your extra seeds? X

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 3:03 am

      Catherine, that’s a brilliant idea. If not the guerillas maybe some of the community gardeners. 🙂 Thank you. Xxx

  • Reply Amy March 23, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Wonderful post! I also compost veggie peels, grass, and leaves to enrich the soil.

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 3:28 am

      Me too Amy. 🙂

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  • Reply Nando March 23, 2013 at 6:24 am

    VERY nice pic and post! I wish I had a garden for my daughter to plant seeds in. You (and your children) are so lucky!

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Thank you Nando, I wish a garden for you too. 🙂

  • Reply petitemagique March 23, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Lovely!

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Patty. Hopefully you will have your garden very soon. 🙂

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  • Reply plaridel March 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    “Now, who can I find to send half of a package of scarlet runners to?”

    how about saving them for next year? 🙂

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Plaridel, I don’t seem to have a very good result with last year’s seeds. Do you? Maybe there’s a trick I don’t know about. 🙂

  • Reply Becca March 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    But, at least, by composting them, they are contributing to the growth of your other plants. 😉 They will not die in vain.

    • Reply Veronica March 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I know Becca, so true.

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  • Reply KathyB. March 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    The angled iron is a wonderful idea and you’re right, it does end a “garden room” feel to it.

    • Reply Veronica March 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

      Kathy, I sat in the garden and looked at the old gates and suddenly the angled iron solution came to me and I thought, “could it be that easy?” and it was! 🙂

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  • Reply Angelia Sims March 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    For me, it is the growing and nurturing of the plant that suddenly dies for no reason. *cry!*

    • Reply Veronica March 29, 2013 at 4:58 am

      I hear you Angela 🙁

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