Forget Wordsworth’s “Daffodils”… here’s Zoe’s “Odes to a Cold Frame”

2 Apr
Daffodils in Wordsworth House garden

Poet’s favourite: Lent lily daffodils in Wordsworth House garden

Normally at this time of year, Amanda and the team would have seeds set off in the cold frames and in the vegetable plots – and she would be giving you loads of tips about what to do in your own garden.

But winter is lingering and it’s not possible to sow seeds in these conditions, so she’s been doing some work in the office.

One of her projects has been to make some posters to go on the cold frames for when they are finally back in use.

Visitors like to open them to see what’s inside, but they’re not so good at closing them. As a result, the plants get cold at night and can die, so she wants to post some gentle reminders about the importance of keeping them shut.

Manager Zoe, taking inspiration from Wordsworth himself, decided to help out by composing some limericks to illustrate the point.

So, for your enjoyment, here are the rhymes that are going on Amanda’s posters…

There was a young plant who was cold
who said: “If I might be so bold,
if you raise up my lid, so I am not hid,
may I warn you I’ll never grow old!”

There was a young plant who was warm
and sheltered and safe from the storm.
Someone raised his lid, so he was not hid,
and he said: “That’s really bad form!”

There was a young plant called Sid
who attempted a suicide bid.
He called: “Raise up the lid, so I cannot be hid;
I’ll live fast and die young in the garden.”

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4 Responses to “Forget Wordsworth’s “Daffodils”… here’s Zoe’s “Odes to a Cold Frame””

  1. Bill Paul April 7, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    There was a young plant called Sprout,
    Who shouted ‘Come on, let me out!.
    I know it’s still cold, but before I get old,
    I’d like to get out and about’.

    • Fletch the perchcrow April 7, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Morning Bill! Have you thought about applying for Poet Laureate when Carol Ann Duffy is done? I think Wordsworth would approve.

  2. Bill Paul April 7, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    It’s Williams birthday today.
    When he comes in the garden to play,
    We’ll sing loud and true “Happy Birthday to you”
    But he won’t hear us – we’re shut in, sad to say.

    • Fletch the perchcrow April 7, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      The servants have made a birthday cake with caraway seeds, William and Dorothy’s favourite – I’m hoping they’ll bring me a slice!

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