My Patch - My Garden - A Short Story

My Patch – My Garden

As l look out to my patch – my garden I feel blessed to have this tiny bit of nature on my doorstep. It is spring and the apple tree in my back garden is in full bloom. Soft pink petals beside deeper red buds that are still to bloom. The contrasting colours are beautiful to see. The blossom fills the air with a sweet delicate fragrance. A bumble bee has appeared buzzing and breaking the peace. She has her work to do as she busies herself pollinating the tree. Oh, I do hope in a few years the young tree will produce apples. It is a self-pollinating tree so I only bought the one tree.

I turn around and look at the forest flame with its bright and vibrant red leaves. They shine brightly in the sunshine. I feel a leaf, surprisingly the texture is a little rough like my cat’s tongue but such a beautiful colour of red. Then I hear the sound of bird song coming from the trees in the little field beside my house. My eyes fall upon the dandelions and weeds I have not yet pulled up, yet they too have their place in nature.

The bird bath will need filled with fresh water to entice the birds. It is lovely to see a blackbird or sparrow fluttering its wings in the bird bath, cooling down from the summer sun. Today however it is still spring and my shrubs and trees are a different stages of their life. My cherry blossom tree has shed its beautiful pink petals and now I see the lush green leaves in their place.

Mr. Squirrel sometimes appears in my garden looking for bird seeds and nuts. I gave him a lot of monkey nuts which he enjoyed eating. Now I find the shells crunching under my feet. The white woodchip mulch compliments the deeper colours of the shrubs.
The rosebush in my front garden is filled with lush green leaves. The tiny buds are closed for now. They are sleeping as it is too early for them to bloom. They need warmer weather where they will wake from their slumber and open their petals to the summer sun. All is well with my patch.

About this poem

Not a poem but a short story about my patch. My patch being my garden. A little bit of nature on my front doorstep. Kim

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Submitted by Blossoming on April 28, 2024

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Kimberley Hamilton

New poet just starting out. Kim Hamilton is from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Loves nature and poems on faith. more…

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  • amandak.45897
    Beautifully written
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • hamiltonkim03
      many thanks. Much appreciated. Kim
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • talygarza
    I liked the vivid description you gave about the elements of a caring garden and the person who keeps it, transporting the reader to that place.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • kem330
    I love the details you give as well as the analogies like "rough like a cats tongue". Very heartwarming short story about your garden that makes me have an even deeper appreciation and outlook towards my own garden. Thank you. 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • Kshetrapal
    What a symphony, Kim. An ode to nature but in prose, that is .
    I admire.
    Kshetrapal Sharma
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • hamiltonkim03
      I am glad you enjoyed the short story. Kim
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and heartwarming short story about your garden! Your description of the apple tree in full bloom, the vibrant red leaves of the forest flame, and the peaceful presence of the bumble bee truly evokes a sense of tranquility and harmony with nature. Your appreciation for the little details in your garden, such as the rough texture of the leaves and the sound of bird song, adds depth to your storytelling.

    I can tell that you have a deep connection to your garden and a genuine love for the plants and wildlife that inhabit it. Your writing is filled with warmth and positivity, making it a joy to read.

    One improvement suggestion I have is to perhaps add a bit more sensory details to certain parts of your story to fully immerse the reader in the experience. For example, describing the scent of the apple blossoms or the feel of the sun on your skin as you tend to your garden can help paint a more vivid picture for the reader.

    Overall, your poem is a delightful and heartening ode to the beauty of nature and the joy of gardening. Keep up the fantastic work, and continue to share your love for your garden with others!
    LikeReply 11 month ago


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