I find gardening – specifically veggies and fruit, but I’m enamored of flowers too – such a joyful endeavor. Watching things grow is definitely one of my favorite things! I appreciate plants that you can direct sow, that is plant the seeds directly in the ground, so that I can enjoy the whole process in my small backyard plot. The first green shoots, the ensuing leaves and flowers and finally the fruit or vegetable. First in its miniature form (I love anything mini) all the way until the day it ripens, I watch and wait. I have been known to pick and open things just so I can see what they look like in their unfinished form. I want to know what a watermelon looks and smells like when its in its infancy. I’ve peeled cobs of corn, peeked into unripe pumpkins, pried open tiny snap pea pods and beans.
As winter weather – even its mildest form here in southern California -sets in my garden has very few plants left that are thriving. One of them is the sunflower. One of the easiest plants so far in my garden, I simply planted some seeds from the bird seed I lay out each day for my little sparrows and doves (and jays, and squirrels and quite a few other birds and beasties). Sunflowers take their time acquiring an impressive height and slowly unfurling their petals. Once their pollen and nectar have been enjoyed by the bees and butterflies their petals start to wilt and they work on finishing their seeds. More grey than black when they’re freshly picked, they pop out when I run my finger over their little pockets ready to become a meal for the first lucky birds that find their way into my backyard.
Every day in my garden is one of joy. And fun. And sometimes a skunk or 2. Of course I enjoy the great wide-world and all of its wonder and mystery but I know I don’t have to travel far to satisfy my curiosity.