I don’t know how many of you are gardeners, but there’s a similarity between storytelling and gardening.
- Stories and plants both begin with the smallest of things – an idea or a seed.
- Both start with a simple question, “What if?” and, “What happens?”
- Both germinate and blossom if you give them the right conditions. Heat and moisture for the plant and a non-critical torrent of words and ideas for the story.
- Both need pruning and care during the growth phase.
- Both storytelling and gardening need feeding. Coffee or compost, but please do not make a mistake which goes where.
- Both need help whether it’s staking, pruning, or editing and angsting.
- Both need lots of liquid – water and or wine – and again do not mistake which goes where.
- Hopefully both bear fruit you can use.
I’ve been in our garden this week for a bit looking at the perennial flowers as they peek through the ground to begin their season’s growth and dreaming about the scads of annuals we are going to plant (all seeds).
There’s been enough darkness this past year or so and it’s time to brighten things up and rekindle hope. Flowers – an abundance of them – more than I’ve ever grown in this garden before – are my answer.
This year, I decided to grow bright beautiful petunias so I started several hundred seeds (they all germinated!) and now I have to find the space to plant them all. It’s a nice problem to have after this past winter.