Saturday, May 9, 2009

In Our Own Time...

Ellie Mae's Cottage operates on it's own time.

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once" - Albert Einstein

Unfortunately, OUR time is a bit out of step with everything else. You see we are always running late for everything - work, family gatherings, parties, sport games - even gardening! For example, I started sowing seeds late. Instead of sowing the cold loving veggies in February, or even early March, I waited (procrastinated) until March 31. The tomatoes should have been sowed early April, and there I was sowing them on April 21.

The veggie beds should have been prepared a month ago, but now I'm rushing around trying to get them ready to sow the summer squash, beans, and cucumbers. And, I won't even mention the peas.... *SIGH*

(Not my bed... but I can dream...)

See these 2 peonies..... I'm like the one on left.... it's dragging a bit behind the other one... growing at it's own leisurely rate.

We are dreamer's at Ellie Mae's cottage. We get caught up in the moment -- in whatever we are doing -- time and space seem to collide. But, Einstein proved that time is relative.

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity." - Albert Einstein

Einstein in his garden.

Time may be relative and we may be realitively late with our gardening tasks, but once we get started there's no stopping us. We work best under pressure -- dreamers always do. We'll eventually get a harvest from our veggie plants -- maybe a few weeks later than everyone else, but we'll get them none the less. And, after all, most everything late is worth the wait.

Like this gorgeous orchid bloom (this plant should have bloomed in March) -- it was a late bloomer, but look at how breathtaking it is! It's these sort things that make me lose of track of time... the gifts of nature so intoxicating that I can sit and admire them for hours.


tina said...

What a nice post. It is all so true too. I was so late with sowing seeds. Now the ones I did sow (in April no less) are all drowned. Sigh. Time is really something.

Jan said...

I find when it comes to gardening, I have the same time problem. I think something happens to time when you go outside to garden. I know for me it certainly seems to speed up, so I don't get everything done that I want to or things seem to take longer to do than I thought they would. Strange, huh?

Always Growing

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It sure does feel that way sometimes, all the rushing around to get things done. That is something I enjoy about gardening, you are sort of forced to just enjoy things as they come. It all does get done eventually. We had a lot of late bloomers this spring and now I'm kind of glad because I think I appreciate them more.

Tatyana said...

I enjoyed reading your post and looking at the images. Einstein and gardening - who could get the idea to put them in one post?! Well, you did! Good job! Thank you!

mlc said...

I agree with Tatyana. Who would have thought you could get einstein into a gardening post. Good job. I actually have that picture of einstein in a frame. We used to have it hanging up, but took it down and replaced it with one of our kids. LOL.

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Tatyna and MLC thanks for such nice compliments!

MLC, I'm terrible at math and science, but I've always appreciated Einstein for his philosophical side. He's so fascinating in that respect. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

islandgardener said...

Such a great quote...didn't know Einstein was a gardener! Awesome!