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Stop and see new life

I’ve got so much to do over the next few days that I don’t have much time, but before rushing to my office this morning I remembered the seeds I had planted.

I had to take a look.

Sure enough, the runner bean and tomato seedlings are sprouting.

What a wonderful feeling.

What makes it even more special for me is that I have family members and friends who are ageing or not in good health at the moment.

It is a sad knowing that there will be farewells soon. Sometimes it can feel that life is grim, but these tiny seedlings put it in perspective.

We are all young once, full of vitality, stretching up in search of light and energy. We live our lives and, hopefully, are able to enjoy our time as much as possible.

The seedlings stopped me and reminded me of this.

I’ll get my work done today, but I won’t feel so frantic.

• By Robert Zarywacz

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Going for growth

After our first batch of runner bean seeds failed to germinate (we did use last year’s seeds), I bought new seeds and they are just now starting to raise their heads above the compost.
Runner bean seedling
The way they lift their ‘heads’ suggests it is a great effort . . .
Runner bean seedling
The broad beans are also germinating as are marigolds.
The sunflower seedlings look a bit happier than they did several days ago . . .
Out in the garden itself, the comfrey is just about to burst into flower. The bees love these . . .
. . . and a small holly seedling, that really looked quite bare in the winter, is really putting on new growth . . .
It’s a marvellous watching everything emerge, stretch and grow in the garden.
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After our first batch of runner bean seeds failed to germinate (we did use last year’s seeds), I bought new seeds and they are just now starting to raise their heads above the compost.

The way they lift their ‘heads’ suggests it is a great effort . . .

The broad beans are also germinating as are marigolds.
The sunflower seedlings look a bit happier than they did several days ago . . .

Sunflower seedling

Out in the garden itself, the comfrey is just about to burst into flower. The bees love these . . .

Comfrey flowers

. . . and a small holly seedling, that really looked quite bare in the winter, is really putting on new growth . . .

Holly seedling

It’s a marvellous watching everything emerge, stretch and grow in the garden.

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Who’s getting fruity in the garden?

I just wish I could slow time down at this point of the year. From April to June everything seems to grow so fast. The poppies have come and gone in a blink and our wild rose has almost finished flowering.

Now the flowers on the bushes are developing into flowers. The raspberries look good . . .

. . . and so do the blackcurrants . . .

As you can see, I’m a practical gardener and love plants that provide produce. The runner beans are starting to flower, although still have a way to grow up the wall, and the tomatoes are too.

So while it will be wonderful to eat the beans and tomatoes, and make jams and puddings, I don’t want the summer to pass by too fast.

I do enjoy flowers though and think the colour of these (haven’t a clue what they are ) is stunning . . .

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Beans doing a runner

It’s been a very wet and dull August here, which hasn’t helped our runner beans. We were late planting them out as we had to prepare our new vegetable plot.

Runner beans grown and eaten in Devon

Runner beans grown and eaten in Devon

But at long last our crop is ripening and picking has begun.

Runner beans growing in spite of a cold, wet August

Runner beans growing in spite of a cold, wet August

Our first meal reminded us how delicious home-grown runner beans are: sweet, tender, not at all stringy. Where else can you find such wonderful vegetables?

Exquisite tasting beans

Exquisite tasting beans

Only in your vegetable garden or plot.

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