poetry and prose about place

a moment of beautiful: tendrils

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the place: a planting of cucumber vines on the deck

the beautiful: winding tendrils


I have a small garden on our deck. This year I tried a new technique; I put a bag of soil on a table, cut a slit in the horizontal part of the bag, punctured the bottom for drainage and planted some cucumbers. Later, when the leaves were established, I ran a couple of lengths of string from the table to a nearby tree.



Now the tendrils are searching for support. When the cells of the tendril encounter a surface, such as the edge of a string, the cells respond in such a way to twist the tendril. The resulting coils and spirals are so charming!


a note of music


Hang on little fellow!



coils and curls



Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

July 21, 2017 at 7:00 am

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  1. A moment of beautiful—perfect! It is always there, but we don’t always notice,

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    July 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

  2. I love this idea. It’s so simple and it looks like it the cucumbers are doing well.

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    July 23, 2017 at 7:09 pm

  3. Those tendrils are so pretty! What an interesting idea… I bet those cucumbers are going to be delicious!

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    Barbara Rodgers

    July 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

    • There are a few more baby cakes this morning. I also sat for a while after noon and watched a tendril curl around my finger!!!


      jane tims

      July 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm

  4. Great idea. What a handy way to grow veggies. Your cucumbers are gorgeous.
    Your photos are surreal, like sneak-peeking into the faerie realm. 🙂

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    July 23, 2017 at 5:08 am

    • They are doing very well and have lots of tiny cucumbers. The tendrils are fantastic and charming!


      jane tims

      July 23, 2017 at 7:47 am

  5. Those tendrils are amazingly smart!

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    July 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    • Hi. Yes they are clever. I put up my strings and they just turn their backs and twine around a convenient stem instead!

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      jane tims

      July 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm

  6. Inspiration! Are we making mustard pickles?

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    July 21, 2017 at 8:10 am

    • Oh, If I don’t eat them all as they form! I have a fennel plant too and I nibble on the leaves every day so it can barely stay ahead!


      jane tims

      July 21, 2017 at 10:08 am

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