Tucked into the soil, in my main veggie bed, are dozens of little seedlings. There is lettuce, silverbeet, Egyptian spinach, a non-hearting cabbage, beetroot, cornflowers, lobelia, dianthus, violas ("Johnny Jump-ups") and sweet peas. They are not planted in rows but intermingle in a happy jumble of veggies and flowers.
A pretty and delicious speckled lettuce.
The vibrant blue blooms of lobelia.
Very versatile silverbeet.
Something new to try this year.
Dianthus adds a pop of colour and the bees love the honey-scented alyssum.
Something different...non-hearting cabbage.
Sweet peas like my grandparents used to grow. Oh, how I hope they will bloom for me!
All of these precious seedlings were planted over the last week or so. As I water them in the early mornings, I get such joy from imagining this garden bed in just a few short weeks time. In my mind's eye I can see tall silverbeet, colourful lettuce leaves, cheery Johnny Jump-ups, the nutritious leaves of the spinach and cabbage and the vibrant blues of the lobelia and cornflowers. And, while the wait will be longer, I am so looking forward to that first sweet pea bloom that I know will smell indescribably of my Grandmother. For, in planting them, I have planted memories!
What have you planted out in your garden recently? Have you planted some memories too?