Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bloom Where You Are Planted…I Beg You!

I am not a very good gardener. I wish I were. I want that kind of lovely yard that is earned by love and toil, but it seems I just don’t have the discipline to make it that way.

Well, I take that back. I have discipline that I exercise in many areas of my life. I guess my garden is just lower on the list of priorities. Laundry, food, cleaning and general nurturing of my family are up near the top, and taking time to run and exercise is a high priority and a large part of my day. And then there’s my computer time, hopefully a little art time, journal and scripture study…You get the drift.

When the rain finally lets up…(say, June some time…) and my allergies ease off, then my yard battles consist of 1-Weeding enough to keep the HOA off my back, and 2- Trying to keep the neighborhood cats from using my flowerbed as a litter box.

IMG_2345 But the dream still lives. And last year part of that dream was to plant three bare root, hardy Hibiscus plants in the flowerbed. They took hold, each grew a couple leaves, and then dried up.

Over the winter I wondered if that was it.

All spring I looked for signs of life.

And now, this week, when I was lamenting the weeds and giving the flowers up for gone, a saw a slightly different leaf.

And sure enough, in the center of a little stone circle was one of my plants. And it looked like a second one might be making a valiant effort.

Today I weeded the area. Thank heavens I had put the little stones around the plants or I might have missed them altogether.

IMG_2350 As I weeded I saw even the third little guy struggling to reach the sun.

Maybe our Seattle springs come too late for these guys after all. But for now they are getting my full attention.

You Can Do It!!!!!


  1. Ahhh, the trials and tribulations of gardening. I know too well what you're going through. I'm so glad they're finally coming up for you now. Better late than never I guess. Lots of luck!!

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