Friday, 10 July 2015

In which our protagonist puts her hope in a tomato plant


 Way back when last I wrote we were in quite some commotion of hospitals, medication and trying to maintain some semblance of working life. Thus it was that, walking through the village one sunny afternoon, I took the uncharacteristically horticultural decision to attempt to keep a tomato plant alive. There it was outside our local florist's looking healthy and burgeoning. I'm not doing a very good job with humans. I thought; maybe I'll scale down and concentrate on this.
 Somewhere in the recesses of my more than slightly addled mind I wondered if success with tomatoes might give me some hope for the strawberries as well! So I tended with watering, feeding, and the occasional chat. Very similar attention to that bestowed upon the poorly, if I'm honest!
And indeed, as the weeks have worn on, both strawberries and tomatoes have ripened into health and strength and vibrant redness of face. Well, Jo got a tad too much sun at tennis yesterday, but the suncream is out now.
So here we are, at the start of our summer holidays, marked as usual by a birthday. The Meadowplace is back in its happy place, the sun appears to be doing its Irish best to shine, and tomatoes continue to grow. Thus far!

8 comments:

Lisa Richards said...

You are a spectacular success as a gardener! I, on the other hand, am a sorry example. :) Hope the tomatoes and strawberries are luscious!

Elizabethd said...

You did so well with the tomato plant...way ahead of mine which are still green!

Angela said...

Very impressed by the tomatoes. This year I have grown - and eaten - three radishes. That's all. Gardening OT my gift!!!

Kezzie said...

Oooh, BLOOOOOOMING tomatoes! My tomatoes are USELESS this year! They've barely moved since I potted them!x

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that the sun keeps shining and that the fruit keeps ripening!! xx

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Mags, love your happy place! This morning, I ate Irish butter on my English muffin with my home made strawberry jam. Perfection! all way 'round.

gretchenjoanna said...

Truly your tomato plant is thriving. It seems from this vantage point that buying it when you did made perfect sense. Growing things is so heartening!

M.K. said...

That tomato plant looks fabulous, Mags! Really fine. I bet it likes that bright sunny, windowed spot. And our children do tend to fluctuate in and out of good and bad times. They pull out in the end, esp. when they have a mommy who LOVES them so much :) The love is what matters when all the illness and trouble is past.