She’d had the idea while watching a gardening magazine show – apparently plants had emotions and responded to music and words.

Perfect. She stripped down the old grand piano, rejigged the strings and hammers, filled it with grade-A compost and planted the seeds.

She soon had a playlist – Rachmaninoff and Chopin went down best from the Classics, and of her modern repertoire The Beatles, particularly ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

Things wilted over anything post-2000 and Wagner.

After a rendition of ‘Strawberry Cake’ by Johnny Cash they were ready to be picked.

Dessert that night was the sweetest Strawberry American Pie she’d ever tasted.

Copyright Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

116 responses to “STRAWBERRY SWING”

  1. Ha! Ha! Just don’t Strauss out the plants too much.

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  2. My wife has a flower farm and sells fresh-cut bouquets in the summer. I’ve heard her talking to her “babies” but she usually serenades them with Classic Rock. 🙂

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  3. A fun story! I laughed at the line about Wagner and post-2000 music.

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  4. I so loved this tale, Iain! My plants too appreciate music. I know that for a fact.

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  5. This made me smile! A very diverse range of ‘fertiliser’!

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  6. I would swear my plants do better when I talk to them… haven’t tried the music route yet but maybe I should give it a go!!!

    Great tale! Really enjoyed it!


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  7. ha ha! I like the dig at modern pop music, although I am a fan.

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  8. Wish my gardening worked like that.

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