Nature's bright ideas

Crocuses in spring (Photo by CBT/NCC staff)

Crocuses in spring (Photo by CBT/NCC staff)

October 8, 2014 | by Christine Beevis Trickett

Fall may be a time of endings — the end of summer, the end of the field season, the end of the veggie patch for another year. But as leaves begin to fall and nature turns dormant, it's also a time of planning for new beginnings — and of looking ahead to springtime.

Here's a poem I wrote on that theme a few years ago about my front garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

Nature's bright ideas

find gardening gloves
dust off the trowel
pull out brown-bagged bulbs from
the cold
under the stairs
where they've spent the summer

in the garden
relish rare rays of sunshine
warm on arms and back

brush aside dry leaves and twigs
dig shallow holes
startle blind worms
squirming in moist dark earth
plant bulbs
tiny onions
cover them over for a long winter's rest

now wait
blankets of white will fall
we'll huddle inside on cold nights

in a few months
eagerly scan the warming ground
for bright green exclamation marks
poking out from melting snow

nature's bright ideas

Christine Beevis Trickett

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Christine Beevis Trickett is the director of editorial services for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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