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Stony ground

Ill-found hope

Optimistic sweet pea seedling

I spotted this sweet pea seedling today.

It’s growing in the crack between a manhole cover and the rest of the pavement that surrounds the house.

It looks as healthy and well-developed as any other in the soil of the flowerbed, but I’m afraid its days will be numbered.

Sooner or later a careless foot will scuff it out, along with the smaller love-in-a-mist seedling that’s keeping it company.

Either that, or it will dry up when rainwater no longer slides across the tiles and collects round its roots.

At that point the welcoming little pocket it’s inhabiting will prove to be stony ground.

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