And Now?

Picture 147And now, most days, aside from the everyday garden chores, tending sheep, hauling in this year’s supply of firewood, and continuing to preserve a bounty of vegetables, we are busy collecting seed. Already looking to the future, already imagining the promise of another season, being grateful for that small parcel…the seed, that will make it all happen. Glory be!
How about a poem? I think yes, a good one from Mary Oliver….

What can I say that I have not said before?
So I’ll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinishable story
and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.

Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.

~ “What Can I Say” from Swan by Mary Oliver ~

10 comments on “And Now?

  1. Thank you for the lovely poem. Last week In our shade garden, we planted two beautiful hostas (“June” and “Devil’s Advocate;” hay-scented fern( where no grass will grow on our sunny, sandy ledge);| and in shady, moist soil, Wild Ginger (canadensis) — not showy, but native! Thank you for being there at Fernwood and all the work you do to provide us with wonderful plants for our gardens. And now poetry!

    • Paula, great to hear that your garden is doing well…hosta “June” one of my favorites. A little poetry offering along with gardening…a good pairing, I think ! Hope your days are filled with joy as we finish up with these last few days in the gardens!

  2. How nice to see the beautiful woodland peony seed pods pictured in your post. We stopped at your nursery last week on a Maine vacation road trip and bought one of your woodland peonies and two hosta. The plants made it back to NJ in perfect shape. Can’t wait to enjoy them in my garden. Thank you Rick and Denise for all of the time you spent talking with us about your wonderful nursery. So glad we stopped.

    • Hello Deb,
      You are so welcome and now you can enjoy those great seeds at the end of the season as well ! Thank you for coming by the nursery and for the lovely chat about plants and such….Hope you have a delightful Fall and winter! Denise

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