The Garden in My Head

Every winter, as the snow falls and wind whistles through the pines and down our chimney,

I dream of Spring

and how wonderful my garden will be.

I promise myself I will leaf through all the seed catalogs

and find new varieties

of vegetables and flowers to plant.

 My copy of “The Backyard Homestead” is located

and with it, my conviction I should raise chickens

( maybe even some goats).

I get excited about the prospect of living off the grid.

Why can’t we do that?

Why not plant and harvest all our own food?

I could learn how to “can” and “pickle” things.

Couldn’t I?

How hard could that be?

I picture myself in my straw garden hat and

bluejean overalls ( even though I don’t own any)

and I am happily raking mulch in the garden.

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There is a  fence around my garden and

a charming garden shed with two small chairs,

where I can sit under the trees

and write .

Beans are trellised and reaching toward the sky.

Tomato plants are heavy with juicy, red fruit.

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There are oodles of plump berries for pie making..

and so many herbs in the garden,

I’ll never use them all..

This, I should mention, is all happening inside my head;

where every thing is always perfect!

The reality is : I’m too tired during the winter to make plans.

I lose the desire to do anything but eat copious amounts of carbs and watch Netflix in bed.

Some part of me fears that Spring might not come this year,

or I might not be here to see it.

But it always comes and I’m still here.

So this, once again, is my current situation.

It’s the last week of March.

I should  be raking and fertilizing.

Every thing should have been pruned by now.

I need to get rid of the leaves I ignored last Fall.

There is no fence & no charming little potting shed.

There are no plans for new gardens.

My copy of “Backyard Homestead” has disappeared

&

I still don’t know how to “can” or “pickle”.

A big bag of zinnia seeds has been purchased

and I intend to sow them in my new cutting garden,

if I get around to it.

Beyond that- I have no idea what I will do.

Every thing looks so beautiful in my head!

Maybe this will be the year I can take what’s in my imagination

and actually turn it into the garden of my dreams.

Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

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