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Sing a Song of Sixpence..


By julia


Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie…

You might be forgiven for thinking that owning a garden nursery is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Listening to the birds singing as you gently potter around tending to your plants. The reality is that raising plants to sell is a constant struggle against the elements and nature. Some days it feels as though everything that crawls just wants to chew away at your seedlings.

A few years ago just before the biggest plant show of the season I gazed smugly upon rows of beautiful healthy plants. I knew that all of the months of hard work and cracked hands were worth it. Overnight we had a hail storm. I didn’t feel quite so smug the next day.

This week I was weeding the borders. The sun was warm on my back and I smiled at a blackbird with a beak full of greenery as it disappeared into the honeysuckle inches in front of me. Little did I know that the beak full of greenery consisted of several dozen of my rarest seedlings which it had been busy raiding out of the plant pots from the nursery.

Despite all of the trials and tribulations I still have the best job in the world.

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I couldnt help but smile at the antics of the blackbird. but so annoying when it is your business.

30 Apr, 2010


Thats the way Julia lol

30 Apr, 2010


If it was easy and nothing went wrong, it would be boring......who am I kidding lol

30 Apr, 2010


that made me smile too, but sorry the blackbird pinched your seeds.

30 Apr, 2010


How do I unlike this blog lol. I feel so sorry for you - naughty blackbird! I hope that it gets indigestion!

1 May, 2010


Thanks everyone. It made me smile after I had calmed down a bit too. I've netted the pots now.

1 May, 2010

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