Gathering Seeds

| 10/2/2015 10:28:40 AM

Connie MooreSeptember has ended. Air is cool and dry. Everything is taking on a different appearance. Bright greens are now dull, subdued shades of olive and tan. Plants are losing moisture and strength. It might seem to be the end of them.

Or, it might be called the beginning. They are holding in their depths the seeds of next year; their next generation as it were. As these tiny bundles of life fall to the earth or are swept away on evening breezes, another spring is planted.

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Where does this season end and the next begin? Actually the end and beginning overlap right now, today. If one spends a few contemplative moments in a garden or sits surrounded by flower beds, one finds, not so much a feeling of an end of these beautiful plants but more of a going to sleep, a long-deserved nap, as it were.

While we humans think of winter as a three or four month sentence to ice and snow and muddy floors, all that is outdoors is actually on a mission of renewal. Resting is part of renewal. We realize that for ourselves but it’s true for all living things. Nature, full of life in the summer, succumbs to cooler air and lower sunshine. Her bundles of seeds are insurance against all oncoming weather that her flowers and vegetables and trees will be there with the next spring rain, rays of sunshine and warm breezes.

“In All Things We’ll be Joyful to Gather the Seeds of Her Labor.” C.L.Moore, 2015

10/3/2015 9:27:00 AM

Connie, I agree that this is not the end of the end of plant life. It's just a time to rest until once again the ground starts to warm and seeds begin to sprout. The time of the year is for garden cleanup in Nebraska and that's what I'll be doing later today. Winter is also a time of rest for the gardener as his/her garden spirit is refreshed by planning the next season's garden which will in the gardener's mind always be better than the last year. While the Winter winds howl outside, seed catalogs are combed over to get just the right seeds for planting; books are read to glean more information about new planting and growing techniques; and with today's media even videos can be watched from south of the equator to get a garden fix during the Winter months. Winter is a season of rest for both the gardener and the seeds. ***** Have a great seed gathering day.

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