Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sensual Spring Garden!

It is a divine experience to be able to gratify all your special senses; and the spring season is a taste of precisely that divinity! The invigorating all pervading aroma of the spring blooms is a treat for the sense of smell; the soft heavenly touch of the petals makes one thank nature for this wonderful special sense; the colorful, bloom-full sight beholding is a feast for the eyes; and, if we close our eyes to focus on the sounds around us, the sounds of nature, produced by the abundance of life forms during spring, regales the hearing sense in so many ways. The vegetable garden completes the sensuous trip by gratifying the taste buds. And, the visual appeal is matching too! A garden full of flowers is a beautiful sight for anyone, but a healthy vegetable garden provides me with a satisfaction no bloom can. This part of the garden and its produce is meant for no one else but me and my people (that doesn’t mean that I loathe sharing them. Good neighbors – if that doesn’t sound like an oxymoron – are most welcome!). A matronly attitude towards the vegetables ensures that they respond to the affection by becoming hale, hearty and plump! The veggies sure have lots of substance, but they are not to be left behind in style too. They sure can shoot a bloom or two to prove a point. And, sometimes they throw a pretty picture showing between the flowers giving the latter a huge complex! Although, sitting on the cusp of seasons of salubrious spring and sordid scorching summers, there is a gradual dwindling of blooms, yet there is so much to look forward to in the vegetable garden. Thank God for the change of seasons that we can appreciate the variety in life, without which life would have been tasteless…literally.


Chandramouli S said...

Whoa GT! It's been so long. I've been looking at my blogroll for your blog's name to come on the top, but I guess you were busy and so was your garden, I see.
What a riotous spring you have in your garden! Your photos tickle my taste buds too and reading your blog was like reading through a poetry and seeing it too!
You're sooo right! The seasons - if there weren't a change, we would've been 'toast humans... dry toast with no jam' (as the father says in the movie, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. [chuckle])

Aiyana said...

It's all looking good! My little container garden has barely got started. I know I started too late, but it will be fun to see if I get anything at all. This is my first attempt at squash, peppers and carrots.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

How lovely to be able to see so much of your veggie garden dear Green Thumb. It's looking very lush and your words have a lushness to them as well. ;-)

Love the pics of the butterflies!

The changing of the seasons, how boring life would be without them.

Do you know that song by The Birds: Turn, turn, turn? That's what your wise words reminded me of.

Enjoy your last bit of Spring while it lasts!

Unknown said...

What a great post!

Matron said...

I would just love to garden in a warmer climate, just think of all the lovely exotic fruit and vegetables I could grow. I've been meaning to ask you about your name 'Green Thumb'.. is it the equivalent of 'Green Fingers' ie. a person who is good at growing things?

Green thumb said...

Chandramouli - You are right, I was pretty caught up with things and couldn't be very regular with posts. But it is a great feeling to know that I was missed, thank you.

Aiyana - I hope your container garden does well along with all the vegetables you are planning to grow. Unlike the flower blooms, there is a constant wait and eagerness to watch the vegetable garden come up, and the end result is also more satisfying for most of us.

Yolanda - I hadn't heard of the song, but your reference made me look up in wikipedia, and the lyrics and the music has me humming it all day...Now, if my words reminded you of this lovely song then I feel ble(i)ssed!

Darla - Thanks for the visit.

Matron - You already do wonders in your climatic zone. Yet I understand your fondness for warmer climates as the gardening season is longer.
Yes Greenthumb does mean 'Greenfingers', though i adopted the name purely as a fancy without delving deeper into its narcissistic reference to one's abilities. In hindsight I feel it was a bit vane to do that, but then, a smart fellow once remarked: What's in a name?....

Ewa said...

I understand fully your feelings about veggie garden - the satisfaction is complete if I can also eat something healthy that grows in my garden :) I am adding every year more substance :)

Anonymous said...

I liked your oxymoron-isation of 'good neighbours'! How apt!:))

Sunita Mohan said...

Your veggie garden is looking great. Its such a great feeling to be able to eat food you've grown yourself, isnt it? And you have a real variety of them growing for you.
Palak in April! Mine would be burnt to crisp :P

Prospero said...

Nice butterfly pictures. Do you grow Moringa in your garden?

Green thumb said...

Ewa - I hope your garden continues to grow and flourish.
It was only after I started growing my own veggies that I realised the phenomenal difference in taste between homegrown and farm produced vegetables.

Shailaja - No offense intended there to any of my neighbors, but good neighbors will always be a relative concept.

Sunita - Infamous Mumbai humidity may not be good for palak, but you are always welcome to my place for some sarson ka saag and makki di roti!

Prospero - Hi and welcome to my blog. No I don't grow Moringa, not yet, but you have aroused my curiosity and I'll like to try growing some.

Julie said...

How did I miss this post??? Your vegies are sounding most promising! I can almost taste them now!

Layanee said...

Veggies are looking good! It will be months before I have some so I will enjoy yours!

Sapna said...

Hi Green Thumb,

Chanced upon your blog today. I really love your vegetable garden pictures, specially the papaya and taro root. I grow some vegetables here in the US but the weather is playing tricks this year. Its hanging between spring and summer for quite sometime now and warm weather veggies are growing very slowly.
But thanks for your blog, really liked my visit here.

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