Mother’s Day for Mother Earth

I think my mom would be proud of how I spent Mother’s Day: celebrating with Mother Earth by baring my green thumbs and getting my hands dirty with the planting process.
Maybe it’s late to be starting seeds inside, but I’ve never really been one to follow the books, especially when it comes to something as organic as the earth. I learned my lesson last year when a cold front pushed the range of prime planting days further and further into the spring, and a certain flat of dianthus didn’t quite make it through the last Cleveland frost. Lesson learned: Plant when the sun shines and my schedule allows, and we’ll see what happens. It’s always a risk when you’re up against Mother Nature, whether you take the Farmer’s Almanac at its word or invent your own.

So, whether I’m right or wrong, I’m planting. In addition to the flowers I ordered and the herbs and vegetable starts I hope to get from my brother-in-law’s farm later, I can claim full garden ownership over these:

  • The Seeds of Innovation (a clever marketing scheme to accompany my company’s Innovation in Business event last year – a seed packet containing: zinnia, larkspur, forget-me-not, sulphur cosmos, sweet sultans, calendula, feathered celosia, baby’s breath, Indian blanket, tricolor daisy and others)
  • Marigolds
  • Snapdragons
  • Bachelor Buttons
  • African Daisies
  • Bell Peppers
  • Lavender
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce: Buttercrunch and Simpson’s Curled
  • Rutabaga
  • Winter Squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Basil
So maybe I forgo the gloves and spade on purpose, and maybe I take a little longer than necessary to plunge my bare hands into the soil and watch it fall between my fingers. Maybe I love the excuse to keep playing in the dirt, twentysomething years after it’s considered an age-appropriate playtime, because getting dirty is more of an escape when you’re paid to be clean and proper all day.
The gratification of a green thumb is in the daily nurturing – knowing these seeds depend on me for water, sun, and Emoto positivity – more than it is in the final harvest of blooms and fruit. So maybe it is appropriate to be planting on Mother’s Day.

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