corners of our home - le jardin

We have begun a garden.
This makes Alex and I beam from ear to ear.

We like to watch things grow in the earth,
to tend and comfort
and be entirely surprised -

We are starting this time round with:
lavender,
three kinds of thyme,
rosemary,
basil,
coriander,
marigold seeds,
and parsley seeds,
raw salmon pink geraniums,
lemon verbena,
a sturdy bay leaf shrub,
and my favourite of favourites
a blue hydrangea,
seeds for vegetables
and fragrant violets,
soil,
and golden hay -

I will share the growing with you,
and the eating,
smelling,
crying,
too.

we have high hopes
and no hopes
for this one,
and pray
for a sturdy french spirit,
much like a bay leaf or two
simmering in the pot.