Saturday, December 31, 2005

Seed Furnace - Ancient Memory - Postcard Home

I know Kent is a fair weathered place, but the talking window insisted on taking me back in time. This place glowed hot orange, (much like today @ 43.5 c with acrid smoke in the hot north wind.) yet I was in the greenhouse, searching for appropriate seed packets.

This old packet caught my eye, in an old dusty wooden box, half covered with earth. Inside I found an assortment of age old seeds, their packets only preserved by wood. I think the paper was made out of something I'd never seen before and the writing was primitive and glowed with a volcano's heat. Indeed, when I brushed off the dust, it was volcanic ash, black.

I looked up through the glass greenhouse roof and found the silhouette of a tree mirroring the line of the clouds. The sky was pristine blue like an ancient sea, and the shape was like a strange kind of bay.

When I had finally brushed all the volcanic ash from the seed packet I could see it was a beauty, still aged and browned from the years, but I could see the faded old writing and picture. It was a packet of old Lemurian water lily seeds, from a time that man had long forgot. Hmm...I wondered where to plant these seeds, and wandered toward the lake, back in Kent now, where the manor lay among the trees, its many windows like sleepy eyes, shades half pulled down like eyelids. My dormer window gave a wink, I think, but I might have imagined it...

copyright Monika Roleff 2005.


At 8:52 AM, Blogger Vi Jones said...

Ancient seeds! Oh, Imogen, what a find! Imagine, if those ancient seed would propagate and that we could see again, those ancient plants. What would they tell us ... what would the seeds have to say?


At 8:52 PM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

What you say is fascinating. Imagine if they did/could??

At 12:33 AM, Blogger Lois said...

It reminded me of looking in my garden shed the other day for some twine to put around a ragged plant and I came accross a paper bag of daffodil bulbs given to me last year and I had forgotten to plant ...So I will put them in the fridge for a few weeks then plant them in Kent ,perhaps under neath the Faraway Tree...They came from a colder climate down Gippsland way so they should feel right at home near Riversleigh Manor....
Lois (Muse of the Sea)

At 12:54 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Gorgeous Lois. Imagine, they will come up good as new.


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