Friday, April 18, 2008

FOSSILISED ROSES AND THE RUNNER BEAN RACE

I've picked a rose.

It sits (with petals distorted and stunted and crumpled in on themselves) in a glass tumbler in the kitchen.

(Next to the Bleeding Bowls.)

Short stemmed.

These ones (Madame Alfred Carriere) usually fall apart in an afternoon.

But this - it simply 'exists'. Nothing droops. Nothing drops. It's an 'immobile' rose.

Mrs Rustbridger called round; looking for tea.

Her roses are distorted.

Her roses have Blackspot.

Mine don't.

(Ha!)

It's the wind.

Blackspot is irrelevant.

The buds are fossilised.

(Hope the Rambling Rector isn't a fossil too!)


* * * * *
Miss Martin came round - for Ming.

Ming was at school.

I showed her my runner beans.

(They are healthy. Inspiring.)

(Some already need canes!)

Then I showed her the ones planted according to her instructions (ha!) - row upon row of empty looking pots.

"What's the point," I asked (bitterly) of having them sit outside the door; in the way; in the cold; doing nothing - when I could have put them in the airing cupboard?"

She told me not to worry. They'll come up 'in the end'.

. . . . . Meanwhile . . .

Ming arrived home from school.

He looked at her and ran upstairs to change.

Miss Martin left.

Abruptly.

(I thought.)

I followed her to the door.

Her chauffeur was waiting in the car outside.

He raised an eyebrow in a friendly way and Ming waved from an upstairs window.

(?)


* * * * *
The Globe Artichoke plants are doing fine.

They are tough.

They are strong.

They are unblemished and green.

Thriving.


This morning, I asked Ming if he is really male.

He laughed - and asked how I could possibly doubt it!

"On Mars," he added, "we don't approach gender as you earth-people do."

Then he smiled again.

Oh.

The parsley doesn't seem to be getting anywhere

_____

3 comments:

Amy said...

Hi Esther - thanks so much for visiting my blog. Your comment gave me a good laugh this morning. I hope I haven't confused anyone else with my wording :) No, my kids don't play on the street but muck about in the yard almost as much as I do. Have a great weekend!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Esther, you are so funny. I don't ever know what to say to your posts. Who gave you the red planet award? You? Ming?~~Dee

Esther Montgomery said...

Dee - I gave myself 'The Red Planet Award'!

It's not the kind of thing Ming would do.

He's a bit wary of anything extra-terrestrial unless it's from Earth or Mars.

(And I don't encourage him to read 'Esther in the Garden' - in case it inhibits what I say.)

Esther