05 August 2010

Magpie Tales #26...Daisies and Dandelions


She splashed water generously over the daisies. There might just be enough for the dandelions by the hedge. If nature could persevere among that long grass and in the shade, she wasn't going to try and stop them popping up.
Her neighbours spent all Saturday weeding and they got two hours of enjoyment on Sunday before they had to do all the weekend chores they had neglected the day before. They did the chores with aching backs too.
It didn't take an iron back to water daisies. It took a watering can and a little bit of persistence. What was the point in yanking them out by the stems? Sometimes the roots came too, dangling over the ground, dripping dirt.
She shuddered.
The watering can was almost empty. She peered over the wall at the pristine garden next door. With a sigh she reached down and plucked a ripe dandelion. It's feather-like seeds seemed impatient to disperse.
'Just a bit of nature,' she whispered as she blew on the dandelion. The seeds floated gently over the wall and settled among the tulips.
'Persevere.'

Magpie Tales

35 comments:

madamebutterfly said...

I don't understand why people don't like dandelions or daisies - they are bith so pretty.

Jingle said...

wow,
what talent.
thanks for the sample, I mean you are the first one who write it...

beautiful magpie!

Helen said...

Great Magpie! Maybe a little 'perverse' thrown in for good measure ????

Aoife.Troxel said...

Helen: If not for spell-check, there certainly would be!
I guess it depends on your perception; DD is a dandelion advocate but MM hates daisies (incidentally, the first flowers he bought for her were daisies). Personally I like them both, though I am not uptight about not having other less "common" flowers.

annell said...

I thought it was sweet. Really liked it!

Carrie Burtt said...

Beautifula Magpie...:-)

Stafford Ray said...

I thought like Helen... perverse indeed! Blowing weed seeds into next door's perfect garden! I would too!

Paul C said...

Oh, yes, gardeners do compare, sometimes with envy.

Tattered and Lost said...

I believe I know your neighbors. I sometimes think of going out at night with shears to steal clippings from their perfect garden. Hoping the dandelions thrive.

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Very interesting piece of writing. Loved the ending. lol

Tumblewords: said...

I think I've found a twin! Love this!

Catalyst said...

Well done!

kathew said...

fun fun fun....very fun!

R. Burnett Baker said...

Wicked! I love it!

Some folks around here let the dandelions bloom for a while before getting rid of them. I enjoy seeing a spread of them, yellow against green after a long winter of snow!

Rick

cosmoscami said...

Lovely.
I like the final word.
Well written.

Sue J said...

This made me smile. It's nice to share!

Angie Muresan said...

I have neighbors with a perfect garden, but they don't seem to draw much pleasure from it, as I seem to see them frowning more than smiling.

Patience said...

lol! those neighbors wont be too happy next year. Great work with this, awesome

Suz said...

what a delightful tale
I can see myself doing the same thing
I am guilty of letting what is be

Systematic Weasel said...

A delightful read! Great magpie!

-Weasel

Krunal Palande said...

what a take, lovely

AngelMay said...

Love daisys. Dandelions, not so much.

Anonymous said...

What a delightfully fun read.

Linda said...

I sense she got a perverse sense of satisfaction out of blowing the dandelion seeds over the fence. This was a fun story.

Brian Miller said...

i love blowing dandelions...and watching them fly...perhaps helping nature out just a bit...though she could probably use less of our help. smiles. nice magpie!

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed this so much and love the ending! Great fun. I always think that some gardens are kept so clipped and trimmed that the plants barely dare breath and other gardens are a playground so the plants can romp and play and do their own thing.

Lyn said...

Clever and fun...being a city girl, I'm crazy about anything that sprouts..even weeds that pop up in cement cracks!!

willow said...

I love "it didn't take an iron back to water daisies".

Brigid said...

Loved your magpie, you have described my neighbour's garden, mine is a little bit more 'au naturel', or weed-strewn, depending on who is viewing,
Really enjoyed your piece.

Elizabeth said...

Your magpie reminds me of Gwendelyn Brooks, in her only prose book Maude Martha, she continually compares herself to a dandelion, and with a similar sense of humor. Thanks for visiting my first effort at Mag Tales.

Elizabeth

kkrige said...

Haha! What a devil she is! Oh, if they only knew. teehee

The lowly dandelion is a nice addition to a salad as well. Fun take on the prompt. Thanks for visiting my world.
Katherine

signed...bkm said...

very devilish indeed....hope the neighbors enjoy their new plants....bkm

~T~ said...

My husband is passionately against dandelions, but they are a cheerful bit of perserverance, aren't they? Fun story!

Everyday Goddess said...

i'm glad the seeds are spreading their brilliant color! really, they are lovely, and pretty snappy tasting too.

Menina said...

aw this is sweet. I love daisies and dandelions too! Some people are too meticulous in my opinion... 'just a bit of nature' indeed!