activities, books, childhood, dreams, gardening, kitchen garden, spring

The wearing of the green

Almost all the seeds I planted a few weeks ago have sprouted, and my seed tray is now a veritable wonderland of tiny green sprouts and tendrils.

While I love all the phases of the growing season (except perhaps pest control–haven’t figured out a green way of combating aphids yet), this is definitely my favorite. I kneel down in front of the seed tray at least once a day, murmuring sweet nothings into the seedlings’ unfurling ears. Maybe this makes me crazy…but that’s fine.

Looking at the moss-like cover of the tiny lobelia sprouts puts me in mind of lush gardens and winding paths leading to secret hideaways. It’s my someday dream to build a Secret Garden, as magical as the one at the end of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, and meanwhile I have to be content with filing away inspiration and images for later. The website Gardenista has been particularly fun to pore over–it’s full of beautiful gardens from around the world, as well as advice on how to create your own.

Tell me, do you save ideas for someday gardens or someday houses? And is Pinterest good for this sort of thing? I’m tempted, but so many kinds of social media make me wary.


6 thoughts on “The wearing of the green”

  1. I really like Pinterest, although I use it to save ideas for recipes, crafts, and baby stuff right now. I'm not big on home decor (that's kind of Ryan's thing) but lots of other people put ideas for decorating a home on there. What I like about pinterest is that it doesn't take up any physical space and your ideas can stay there for years. Plus, it doesn't require the same kind of interaction as other social media. You can pin when you feel like it without feeling pressure to get on the site at regular intervals. Let me know if you join Pinterest- I'd love to follow you (which just means I get to see all the cool stuff that you pin)


  2. And this post officially is my mentor text of the day! You win a prize, young lady.

    (The “not very well planned for today boyfriend” prize.)

    (It is not a very good prize.)


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