A garden is a lovesome thing

Just look at our broad beans! They were planted last November and they survived the winter really well and are now covered in flowers.

And here they are up close so you can see just how many flowers are flowering. People say that if you plant them in the autumn you don’t get blackfly: I’m not sure. Not yet.

And – trumpet roll – here is the very first potato plant to poke its little nose above ground. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the Red Duke of Yorks – we planted them last year and they were a great success, so they’re one of the varieties of earlies we chose for this year. They only went in on 25th March.

And just for a change, I thought I’d also take a photo of this – it’s a very beautiful installation of a support structure. I could imagine seeing it in the Hayward.

We planted some more chard yesterday; we’re eating last year’s right now because it’s sprung back up in prolific style. And I’ve got out the packets of runner beans and squash seeds …

Gardens are lovely, especially in spring when they explode with promise and beauty. We have bees, we have blossom, we have bursts of rain and bursts of sunshine, and a general lifting of hearts and spirits. This is what Robert Bridges said in April, 1885, which is also the title of his poem.

April 1885

Wanton with long delay the gay spring leaping cometh;

The blackthorn starreth now his bough on the eve of May:

All day in the sweet box-tree the bee for pleasure hummeth:

The cuckoo sends afloat his note on the air all day.

Now dewy nights again and rain in gentle shower

At root of tree and flower have quenched the winter’s drouth:

On high the hot sun smiles, and banks of cloud uptower

In bulging heads that crowd for miles the dazzling south.

Robert Bridges, The Shorter Poems (1891).

6 Responses to “A garden is a lovesome thing”

  1. mary mccallum Says:

    Lovely, Belinda! It’s always lovely to visit your blog and see your life at the other side of the globe – spring when we are autumn etc. Love your spring poem – feelings so springy and light, while we hunker down to the cooler months. You’ll love Ursula Bethell’s garden poem Dirge on Janis Freegard’s blog today. Definitely the other side of the world from you – she’d have known about the broad beans though… Thank you for all your support of Tuesday Poem over the past 2 years – the poets and poems you bring, yourself. Happy Birthday to us, Mary & Claire.

  2. admin Says:

    Happy birthday to us indeed, Mary! It’s quite a ride, isn’t it, the Tuesday Poem? And long may it last.

  3. Helen McKinlay Says:

    This is great Belinda. Broadbeans …yum and love your support structure sculpture. The weather has been so nice here lately it’s hard to imagine winter is coming. Enjoy!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Helen!

  5. Lucille Says:

    Didn’t he put it well? Am immensely impressed by your broad beans and installation. Happy birthday to you ( I think birthdays cast a happy miasma over at least a week when you are allowed to feel special.)

  6. admin Says:

    Yes, didn’t he write a lovely poem? And thanks for the broad bean appreciation – I can scarcely take my eyes off them.

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