Dead or Alive

Plant-YourselfIf you’re a gardener, this post comes with a warning. You’ll cringe as you read it. First thing you need to know is this: I don’t have a green thumb. No, my thumb is black, meaning most things I try to grow die, especially store bought flowers in pots.

I always plan to save them, but my success rate is terrible. I’ve had to toss more than I’ve ever managed to save. Even if I do save a few, they don’t last long. I either give them too much water or too little. In the end, they usually die.

Not so the flowers in the above picture. For awhile, these sat on my porch, but they weren’t happy. I could see the end coming as the petals began to droop and watering wasn’t helping.

Finally, I gave up. A decision had to be made. Do I toss them or take them out to my garden and see how they fare on their own? As they were still alive, I couldn’t toss them.  I ended up putting them out in the backyard and promptly forgot about them. Typical me!

A month later, I went into the backyard and discovered the flowers in one pot were still alive. I was amazed and tried to pick it up, but it was stuck. The roots had somehow found their way into the soil and planted themselves.

I meant to remove the pot and put the poor plant into the soil, but life got in the way and I forgot the flower pot again! I know it wasn’t a nice thing to do, especially since winter arrived with a bang. Next time, I looked at it, the plant seemed dead. The once green stalks were brown. But I left it where it was.

Today, I wandered into the back to check on winter’s damage. Amongst all the plants sprouting shoots of green, I found the flower in the pot. It was still in its plastic house and rooted into the soil. But most of all, it was alive and doing well.

Thank goodness nature does the most remarkable things without needing any help, especially from me:~) Now, I can’t decide whether to put the plant into the soil or not. It seems happy the way it is. Hopefully, the next picture you’ll see of it will be the flowers it produces.


Nature Nurtures Hope

Tree-FreezeThis was my Japanese magnolia tree almost a month ago.

It had bloomed gloriously, but got hit by a freeze. This was the result.

I wanted to cry when I saw the tree, but I walked out and looked at it closely.

This is a picture of what I found. Can you see the green buds?

natures-hopeTo me, this is an example of how nature nurtures hope.

It’s a good lesson for me and maybe you.

Sometimes, everything looks brown and dead.

And it’s easy to believe there’s no hope left.

But looks can be deceiving, as my Japanese magnolia proves.

Even in the darkest times, there is a bud of hope waiting to blossom.

Look for it!