Creative Writing for Garden Lovers

Visiting gardens for creative inspiration has been one of my greatest pleasures over the last few years, as witnessed by this website! And so I’m really pleased to see this fantastic initiative launched by the You Grow Girl community.


The first prompt by Gayla Trail is to write about your first plant – Michelle Chapman has written about hers here.

And here are two from me…


My favourite thing of all is to shut the doors of our greenhouse and breathe in the peppery smell of geraniums. I tell my sister I want to marry a geranium, but later when she tells my brothers and they laugh at me, I say she’s got it wrong. I want to carry a geranium. ‘Where?’ they ask, and I answer, truthfully, everywhere.


I can ride my bike round and round the garden without stopping now. Sometimes I will put my hand out and pick a leaf in passing. Often I’ll put it up to my nose without thinking. One day when I do this, I have to apply brakes because of something exciting. I sniff and sniff, and then some more. A ball of happiness bursts in my stomach until I have to go back to find which plant this leaf comes from. I want to dive into it headfirst, but I pick several leaves instead and put them safely in my basket. Every few yards I’ll stop to put my nose inside the basket. When I ask my mother later, she’ll say this is called mint and that it’s a pest. I learn what it’s like to love something in secret.

5 thoughts on “Creative Writing for Garden Lovers

  1. Your two creative pieces of prose are quite wonderful!! 🙂

    I was just wondering if I could publish these two beautiful pieces in a literary magazine of mine (The Writing Garden) not about gardens but all kinds of creative writing and also spoken word. It’s free for anyone to read and the aim is primarily to help promote writers on websites and blogs from all over the internet.

    Copyright remains with the writers, and I always include a link back to where the work was originally published. I also provide links to social media pages and other websites too, anything you’d like me to include (please let me know which ones – if you have any).

    If you would be interested in allowing me to publish your work please check out the magazine and let me know. But if you’d rather not, don’t hesitate to say no, I really won’t mind.
    Suzy 🙂

  2. Hello Sarah! Just thought I’d leave you a message here to thank for your message you sent me, and also to enquire if you received my email? You mentioned sending me the larger pieces of writing linked to these short pieces, and yes I would be interested to see them.

    One other person also failed to receive my email last week, so I’m suspecting gmail has had some failures in sending those messages. If you haven’t received the email, might be an idea to check your spam folder. If it’s not there, let me know and I’ll send it again. (Email should show my name (Suzy Hazelwood) hope that helps?
    Suzy 🙂

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