Hola! my lovely friends.
My family is such a big fan of guacamole that I make it at least once in 10 days. So, the real story begins here. Inspired by one of the shares by hubby dear, I planted a seed of the avocado plant. To give an idea about the whole process, let me run you through it briefly. I wrapped the seeds in wet tissue and kept them moist in a dark place. Yay, Yay! On the 7 th day, I saw a little tender white root emerging from the hard seed. Can’t tell you my happiness in words. From then on, they grew a bit every day, and after a week, I transferred them to two separate bottles. The cute and delicate leaves emerged in the bottles, doubling my joy. After about two months, I moved them to pots with soil as I noticed hindered growth. Finally, in bigger pots, they seem to be happy and thriving.
Here is the journey of my seeds of hope in pictures.
It is obvious. I am euphoric, to say the least. Not that I have grown something for the first time. I have always had a thing for plants. However, it was almost always delegated to some Mali (Back home in India, Gardner is called Mali), and I just used to enjoy the fruits. But it is something when you do it yourself.
There is something about tending a garden that is so therapeutic. I love the tactile stimulations it provides as I layer and arrange the soil, water the plants, and harvest a flower or fruit. The deweeding is a vital part and parcel of plant nurture, providing us with an opportunity and lesson on the importance of separating good from bad, wanted and unwanted…
Each step of these activities is full of joy, hope, and lesson. For me, the best takeaway is the joy of talking to them. It’s beautiful to experience how they respond to your emotions and when you positively speak with them daily. They give back much more than we offer them.
So, when I wrapped the Avocado seeds, I did not have any expectations but was just hoping for the best! Because hope is why most of us find a way to keep going. Hope helps us face the hurdles without complaining and without giving up. And planting a seed is one of the best things to do to be hopeful. Irrespective of the technical glitches, we hope for a bounty of beautiful flowers and nutritious fruits.
However, all said and done about being hopeful, there is this uncertainty and unknown about any event. And that can be seen here as well. Also, if you have noticed, although I have given the same amount of love and care to both seeds, both plants have shown different growth patterns. So, I find an essential lesson reinforced in all this joyful gardening process.
As the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 2, Verse 47 says…
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन ।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥
You have the right to work, but do not expect the fruits of your work. Let your focus be not on the fruits, and never be inactive.
Definitely, the key here is to let go. Just not go beyond expectations and hopefulness but just let go of our instinct to rationalize every act of ours and be in control of the situation and its outcome. This letting go relieves us from the burden of expectations and false hopes.
Anyways, returning to my avocado stories, I quickly asked Google baba about the time avocado plants took to bear fruits… And he promptly dashed my hopes by saying, “10 to 15 years!” Haha..so much thought without implementation. For the longest time, I have been trying to surrender to the universal energy, the actual doer. You know it is hard to suddenly give up your instinct to control and let go and just be happy in the process than wait in anticipation for the outcome. But I am trying.
So, without worrying about the wait time for my first Avacado, just recalling the happiness the process gave me, I planted Lychee seeds. Here are the pictures of my happy Lychee plants. Will transfer them to bigger pots when required. Let me see how far I can take them, as Lychees love cool, dry weather conditions. And we all know how it is in Singapore.
Both times I forgot to click pictures of the seeds sprouting in the wrapped tissue. So Here is the tamarind seed beautifully rooting.
Okay, friends, see you with more details about how my little plants are doing in the coming days. As I am closing this little tale of ‘seeds of hope,’ this famous Doris Day song came to my mind…
Que Sera Sera Whatever will be will be The future’s not ours to see Que Sera Sera What will be will be
Adding my little touch in the end…😋
Que Sera Sera What will be will be For now, just be happy!
Have a happy weekend, you gorgeous souls 💕