…to feed thy soul.

By kateandcarla

April 2, 2011

Category: Uncategorized


“If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft, And from thy slender store Two loaves alone to thee are left, Sell one, and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” ~ Musharish-Ud-Din Sadi, 13th Century Persian poet

I am not a gardening type of girl.

My guess is it has to do with the promise I made myself while a kid on the farm. It went like this: When you are a grownup, you will never have to pull weeds or pick strawberries or anything else that resembles work. But of course, this was also the same girl who wanted to be older, because then you would never sin or feel out of control. Yep, had it all figured out at 10.

But for some reason, this spring I am rethinking my decision and am getting regrounded.  Literally and figuratively. I’ve rediscovered flowers–simple, honest flowers that tell me we have a new season and new possibilities. Hyacinths and tulips and daffodils that feed my soul.  And they’re growing from bulbs planted on a cold, gray day months ago. The fact that they intuitively knew what to do and used the winter well to make it happen is not lost on me this gorgeous spring morning.

So, I’m thinking this will be the Summer of Tomatoes.  In containers, so there aren’t too many weeds to control.  That just leaves the “no sinning,” I guess.  Will let you know how that goes. 😉


Photo:  Pink hyacinths by Shari Weinsheimer, publicdomainpictures.net


5 Responses to “…to feed thy soul.”

  1. Spring flowers do feed the soul. We have daffodils blooming now. We love our flowers and are expanding into some vegetables this year in raised garden beds. Yes, do keep us informed on the “no sinning”.

    • Paula, at nearly 61, I’m finding very little “sinning” anywhere in the vicinity. But if anything exciting should appear, I’ll not only keep you informed, I’ll call! 😉

  2. Planting seeds, bulbs, vegetables and fully grown flowers is a newfound love for me too. I think having Maggie inspired me to appreciate nature’s cycles and to relish the thrill of buds poking out of the dirt. The best part of summer break, as far as I’m concerned, is waking up to bright sunshine and checking on the subtle growth of the flowers and vegetables. The squeals put out by a certain little girl only enhance the experience and joy. Maybe your little Lily is inspiring this in you too.

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