Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Endless Amazement

Thanks to the particularly cold and soggy weather in the Pacific Northwest this May, I've been "blessed" with a painfully endless supply of slugs and snails in the garden. Luckily I know some ducks that would be happy to accept a bucket full or two.

When it comes to planting my garden I prefer to sow the beans directly in the ground, but my never-ending battle with these slow-moving pests means that I have to let go of my preferred tactics and start the seeds in trays instead. This means more work, but my garden is an infinite source of creative inspiration, and worth this extra bit of effort. It provides a welcome distraction from work and replenishes my head with ideas.

Perhaps a benefit of this circumstance is that by having to transplant these sprouts, I'm more aware of their unbelievably beauty. What magic —! — the plant just bursts open from its seed and shell and grows up my arbor, providing the most stellar salmon-colored flowers and beans. And then later, as the season fades away, I'm amazed all over again as it leaves me with plenty of seeds to repeat the process again next year — and perhaps for even a hundred years beyond.
And then, from another corner of my garden, came this tulip: so stunning, so perfect.

Spring continues to amaze me.

~ Kata Golda

My new children's books, Stories for Bedtime and Tooth Fairy Keepsake from Chronicle Books, are now available for purchase! Ask for them at your favorite local book store.

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