Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Miracle inside the seed

When I see that first, minuscule, curled, pale green wisp of a sprout poking up between a couple of grains of vermiculite, I hear God speaking.
- June Santon, "Miracle in a Dixie Cup," Greenprints #44

Planting seeds in the greenhouse and having them grow is one thing. Usually there is still snow and you are enthralled by any sign of green. But in the greenhouse, everything is controlled for the best results from these seeds. Planting a seed directly into the garden has a whole other appeal. There is this poor little seed fighting for it’s life against the elements, the birds and the gardener who thinks she knows best.

Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising that the planting of a seedin the blank earth and the result thereof.
- Celia Thaxter

These are Hidatsa Red Beans.
Spaghetti squash
Burgess Butternut squash

It is such a simple thing but something I find infinetly enjoyable.

First the farmer sows the seed,
Then he stands and takes his ease,
Stamps his foot and claps his hands
And turns him round to view the land.
- 15th Century Song

And what is in this farmer's view at this time of year? Well the beauty bush is blooming,
the Mollis azaela, clematis, and the blackberries are just starting to bloom. We will be making jam from those in no time. There is one thing growing that I am not happy about and that would be the gypsy moths. Look at my poor apple tree. Last year we didn't have a big problem with them but I think this year is going to be bad.
And inside that is what this farmer would be seeing. Two more batches of strawberry rhubarb jamand a batch of strawberry jam because #1 daughter's BF wanted some and we aim to please. By the time we finished that we needed a break so we cut up the rest of the rhubarb and froze it. If sister is lucky there might be some left when she visits in August...if not she can take back a jar of jam! Maybe we can bribe some weeding out of her!!!!


cyndy said...

You are making good use of the time! (and the rhubarb!)

lovely blossom photos!

SIS said...

I will gladly do some weeding time to "Work for my (supper)....jam...goodies, etc.

I also want to try your new tiller toy.

Don't forget the photos of Mom with her two Brothers. Have them be your accomplices in pinning mom down for a photo if you must. One can sit on either arm of her chair and she can't run away. GOOD LUCK ON THIS MISSION IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT.....LOL. Glad it will be you she yells at. She already yelled at me for putting her photos in the books I made you both for mothers day.