To plant a garden is to believe in the future

What an awesome quote!

Unfortunately, googling told me that nobody knows who originally said this, so the author is unknown.

I’ve never thought about gardening in this light before — when I saw this line it was like a new world opened up in my mind!

Ben and I have been talking about the future a lot lately.  It’s exciting and scary at the same time.

I’ve never been one for huge plans before, but realize now that by planting a garden this year, I am actually committing myself to this house for a while, committing my life to this location.

I do really like this house, but I’m still not sold on the neighborhood.  I know that if push comes to shove, I can garden anywhere, but I really don’t want to move again anytime soon, so I’m hoping that the plantnappers and thieves have taken their fill of our things, and that better lighting at night will mean I feel comfortable here for a long time to come.

It’s hard not to think of the future in Spring, I think — so many things are pushing their way out into the sun and creeping slowly upwards.  I’m hoping everything looks really lovely in the Summer because of the things I am doing now.

I snapped this photo today of one of my scarlet runner beans finally coming out — if this doesn’t say ‘Spring’ I don’t know what does!

Scarlet runner bean sprout

Happy Spring :)

These beans were freaking huge, too.  Much larger than the king of blues variety I purchased.  I can’t wait to see it climbing on the fence behind it and producing some flowers and then eventually giving me beans :) It’s exciting to think about!

Last year I cheated a bit and bought most of my plants as seedlings, so I didn’t have to wait horribly long to see results.  I admit I’m not very good at waiting when I’m excited about things, so this waiting stuff has me a bit stir-crazy.  Grow little plants, grow!

What are you looking forward to?

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. promenadeplantings
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 04:22:52

    what a fantastic quote, I think you are right gardeners are optomistic at heart

    Right now, I guess I’m looking forward to Spring, but I have to get through winter first. But in the meantime it’s the winter salads that I’m impatiently waiting for – fresh salads over winter sustain me

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  2. Connie
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 08:51:52

    How funny to think that it is just turning to fall here and all the harvesting is going on. I love the passion you have for your plants and hope that the plant nappers are through for awhile. Cheers!

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  3. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 10:29:21

    Gardening is truly believing in the future – as is planting trees.
    I admire older people who still plant trees, knowing they might not live long enough to harvest the fruit.
    What am I waiting for the most? Here in the Northern United States, where fall is progressing too quickly towards winter – I am already awaiting next spring!

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  4. Emma - Craving Fresh
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 21:03:29

    I love that quote. It makes me happy. So does that photo of your new bean plant. Yay for new life – in all its forms.

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  5. boyssmell
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 09:43:44

    What an inspirational post. I am most looking forward to having the wedding plans done and just being married. Ah, life would be easier without the planning. I am also looking forward to eventually having a full time job. That would be nice.

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