Twas' the Night before Sowing
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Twas' the Night before Sowing

By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)December 24, 2010
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The 25th of December is a day we always winter sow our poppy seeds. I made a mistake 2 years ago and decided to save hubby the work and do it the "night before". The following is an explanation, with apologies to Clement C. Moore :)

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(Editor's Note:  This article has become a holiday tradition, running on Christmas Eve of 2007, 2008 and 2009. We hope you have enjoyed our count down to Christmas, and we wish you and your family a warm and happy holiday.)

Twas the night before sowing, when all through the house
The puter was quiet, yes even my mouse.
The seed packs were flung by the chimney with flair,
In hopes that in spring, Papavers would be there.

Dear Hubby was nestled all snug in our bed,Image
While visions of Papavers danced in his head.
And "dog" in his ‘kerchief, and I in knit cap,
Wandered out in the cold, gardens don't need a map.

When out in barren roses there arose such a clatter,
I turned quickly around to see what was the matter.
Twas Hubby knit capped, he was there in a flash,
My surprise of early sowing was gone in a dash.

The glow from my flashlight on new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to gardens below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But the seed packs from Hubby, he is such a dear,

With his big gnarly hands so lively and quick,
He tore open each pack that I'd saved, with a flick.
More rapid than eagles the seeds oh they came,
And we read as we threw them, and called them by name!


"Now Somniferum! Nuidcale! Sheldonii and Flavum!

On Alpinum! Rhoeas! Burseri and Glaucum!

To the ground and surroundings!  To the top of rock wall!

Now dash away!  Dash away!  Dash away all!  "

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So down to the compost the seeds they did flew,
With the energy that seeds have, of course our hopes too.

And then, in a twinkling, we heard in a poof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As we turned round our heads, and were turning around,
In our view came the deer and they came with a bound.

Ornery critters all bold, gonna nibble some root,
But they did not expect my sweet hubby's big foot.
He pressed on the peddle of our John Deere and smack!
The blaze from the headlights ran off the whole pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
When he saw the deer run, for tonight they were wary!
If they'd only known toe on pedal ain't slow,
Cuz a man and his Deere wants to see the stuff grow!

"So why did you come out to help and not lurk? ,

I was gonna surprise you and save you the work"

"Side by side we have planted, tonight's no repose,

We do this together for always, you knows!"


We sprang to our bed, to the pup gave a whistle,
The seeds were all flung, didn't step on a thistle.
Take heed Winter Sowers, tonight is the night,
Happy Spring to you all when Papavers are in sight!

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  About Dea O'Hopp  
I'm a long time DG'er, super merry wife to the greatest guy on this earth, Michael. By day, we're self employed Mortgage Bankers along with my son Andy. By evenings and weekends we're gardeners trying to get the best out of 3 acres that we can. Andy and DDIL Michelle gave us the greatest gift of all several years ago. We hope to inspire our Grandson to have the same love of gardening and cooking we do. I truly hope you'll enjoy the occasional articles I submit and most importantly have fun cooking from your garden or your local farms. Happy Gardening and Garden Cooking to all!

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Discussion about this article:
SubjectTopic StarterRepliesViewsLast Post
nice one! onewish1 5 47 Dec 24, 2010 9:17 AM
I love poppies! flfwrs 0 11 Dec 24, 2010 7:24 AM
What a great story starlight1153 4 34 Dec 29, 2009 3:27 PM
Great Winter Poem Petalpants 1 12 Dec 28, 2009 3:45 PM
Fun, lovely and good idea Aunt_A 2 44 Dec 24, 2009 4:26 PM
I'm a lonely little poppy in an onion patch!! flagday 1 32 Jun 16, 2009 4:41 PM
Such lovely poppies :-) jayemsee 0 30 Dec 29, 2008 5:56 PM
Your article leeflea51 6 64 Dec 25, 2008 2:17 AM
Beautiful Poppies! PedricksCorner 1 43 Dec 24, 2008 5:50 PM
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