Friday, January 13, 2012


...of gardening days gone by
days yet to be.

As I pass by my forlorn little greenhouse,
empty of any growing thing
and home to only the dormant
twigs of grape starts, lemon verbena
and a tub of red wiggler composting worms...

and outside in the garden proper,
 the ever growing heap in the compost bin,
cause me to dream of the days ahead, full of promise
for a bountiful harvest of
fresh fruits, berries and vegetables.

The colorful seed catalogs that are arriving
almost daily in the mailbox,
dazzle with their
coffee table worthy photos of
produce displaying every shape, size and
color imaginable.

I dream of the seed trays bursting with
new growth in the sheltering greenhouse...
Spring rains ushering in the cheerful blooms of
daffodils running wild along the edge of the
woodland and charging up the hill of the old
apple orchard...
...the exuberance of the pink dogwood.
I dream of the Swallowtail as she dances
from blossom to blossom,
satisfying her thirst for
the sweet summer nectar,

and of picking and 'putting up' the
delicious jeweled goodness of
my favorite berry...
...crafting with flowers and herbs...
...gathering and filling vases with
blooms in colors of wondrous variety.
I dream of the inspiring towers of beans

that bestow their multitude harvest

to join in the ever growing variety in the bulging pantry.
I dream of the surprise at each newly discovered
pumpkin in the fall garden...

...and the gathering of the last of the unripened

...only to come full circle, once again, with the
gathering of seeds to save for the next
gardening season.
Though the winter seems long and dreary,
garden time is swiftly approaching.
Time to make decisions,
place orders
and prepare the beds and
pots and trays
so that my gardening dreams may come true.



Sharon said...

Dear Raeann,

I cannot wait! The weather her in Colorado has been in the 40's and 50's lately (?) I want to plant now but know that we are still in for some snow and cold weather. I hope at least because we really need the snow.
Hope you are well!

I am having a giveaway if you want to pop on over :)

Love you!

Nadine said...

I too have been looking through the seed catalogs and dreaming about the veggie & flower gardens this year!
Right now the snow is starting to fall down...perhaps we will finally have some snowy weather here...I know that hubby is very excited about it! :)


Kathy said...

Hello Raeann, i can sympathize with your painfully slow internet. Ours is not dial-up, but it might as well be at times - and my computer is older so it is not as fast as newer ones. I was able to add you to the list this week. I will leave this up to you - you may add this again next week - and if you need tome to help - I will. You are free to add more than one post if you wish. I truly enjoyed your post - winter seems to be a great time to daydream about our gardens! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Mrs Georgina said...


What a sweet dream indeed! I received two seed catalogs last week and have yet to look at them. Maybe today is the day! Have a lovely Saturday!

Lori said...

Love your post! My sentiments exactly. Thanks for sharing.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hello Raeann, I am so happy to meet you and your pretty blog!
Enjoyed all your pictures of pretty things to come and your green beans made me hungry!
I just became your new follower!
♥ Jil

Melody said...

Hi Raeann! What a wonderful post for Cottage Garden Party! And, your blog itself is a botanical it!

Clint Baker said...

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