Monday Morning Writing Prompt–Gardening


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For many of us, as summer arrives, it’s time to garden. Weeding, pruning roses, planting a vegetable garden, planting annuals–then sitting back and enjoying the work of our hands–these activities occupy our leisure time. Those of you in other parts of the world are experiencing the end of the growing season. For some, planters or houseplants may be the extent of your involvement with growing things. Whatever your gardening experience–planting or putting to bed for winter–let’s write a gardening poem, essay or short story.

In my experience, working the land offers plenty of fodder to my creative muse. Rich in metaphor and opportunities for description, gardening does inspire.

I hope this prompt will be fun for you and that you will share your work by submitting your link in the comments of this post. Invite someone else to join us, if you will.

Here’s mine:

Skeletal Remains 

Clearing out dead leaves,

I unearth a pattern of life—

lace-knit frames for grace.

12 thoughts on “Monday Morning Writing Prompt–Gardening

  1. Hello Victoria,

    It’s been a busy week with my 20 year old granddaughter visiting with me. I had hasitily posted this on my blog in May so there were some edits I wanted to do. Although it isn’t a new one for me, I believe it will fit the prompt for this week. Here is the edited version. Hope you enjoy …!!!!



  2. Pat Cegan says:

    Well, I forgot to tell you that I enjoyed your poem very much. Gardening just brings out the best in us, including poetry. Well done. Hugs, pat


  3. Pat Cegan says:

    Hi, I did not know about your Monday Prompt. I do not usually write to prompts but here goes:

    I wanted to add some photos but WP is being wacky tonight. Will try tomorrow. Thanks for the opportunity to participate. Hugs, pat


  4. Bodhirose says:

    This was fun for me–I love gardening. It’s such a soothing-to-the-soul activity for me. Thanks, Victoria.


  5. ladynimue says:

    I have just a memory to share .. maybe i will do justice writing that ..


  6. trisha says:

    i have derived great joy from gardening before shifting to kolkata, i still miss that experience.


  7. Lovely — short, sweet, nice!


  8. jgavinallan says:

    Victoria: Someday, I will have courage to try a Monday Prompt…someday

    love your post…it is so helpful to others…I think your nurse character is showing…


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