A Birth Notice
run the gauntlet of cabbage root fly, cabbage whites, and pigeons. These are the seedlings that keep us going through the anxious weeks of waiting for more exotic offspring. Delizia F1 tomatoes are also “up”, which augers well, and probably ensures that you will all be heartily sick of hearing about them before the season’s end. The sunflowers are up too. This fills me with foreboding and worry for these youngsters – its so long until they can be planted out at the back of the border to escape frost. Whatever was I thinking about, when I planted them at least a month early, ensuring that they would outgrow the nursery prematurely?
The sight of tiny green shoots poking through dark compost arouses a feeling of parental pride in most of us – and there is a tenderness and desire to nuture that life just as we did as parents. When my children were babies, I used to hang over their cots, marvelling at their absolute perfection – and my daily inspection of pots in the propagator is no different. What I won’t miss are buckets of soaking nappies, teething, dirty rugby gear, adolescent angst, and their problems as young adults.
Hope, happiness, and love are the strongest positive emotions we can experience. The wonder of germinating seeds and all our hopes for them – of growing strongly in a good environment to reach adult health and strength – is a way of reliving and recapturing those feelings every year. Aren’t we lucky?
Mother and many offspring are all well.