Every Flower Has Its Day

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What’s my message? I’m not sure whether this is about patience or the ephemeral nature of – well – nature.

I stumbled across this lily last year at the Flower Farm‘s Solstice Sale. (BTW, their sale is this weekend if you happen to be in Spring Hill, KS).

Loved it, bought it, brought it home and planted it. And, as flowers do, it promptly lost its bloom and died back. My dogs or some other creature, ate the leaves.

Oh well. I had it for a few days.

This year, I wondered what was coming up in that particular spot in my garden. Then remembered. But the following day, half the foliage had been eaten away. Oh well! Again, I blamed my dogs. They’ve turned into vegetarians since I started gardening.

While walking the yard yesterday, I saw two gorgeous lilies in bloom. Thought, get the camera, get the camera! But by nightfall, I realized I’d have to till this morning. Waiting is not always a good thing. As you can see, one lily has already lost its bloom. The other remains magnificent for maybe another day.

I know I have to wait for next year to see this again.

If it survives the ravages brought on by dogs, wild creatures, and Mother Nature. This bloom – to my eyes anyway – is worth the wait. So I learn patience. I just wish it lasted longer.

What is it?

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This is a woody tropical plant that I bought last summer. Inside all winter, it struggled. I had it in a north window – the only window available – and the leaves turned from light pink to pale green. This summer, I put it outside in an area with filtered morning sun.

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The plant turned bright, neon pink over time. With regular watering, it’s also grown large and even more woody. It hasn’t shown any signs of flowering and I wonder if it’s glory lies in those bright pink leaves.

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Anyone know what it is? Probably something common. I’m just not good with plant identification yet. I keep meaning to email Flower Farm where I bought it, but haven’t made time to do that yet.

Not looking forward to bringing it back inside this fall.

Finally … A Succulent Garden!

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The latest craze in gardening is succulents. Whether surrounded by fairies, gnomes, rocks, hanging on walls or tucked into corners, succulent gardens bring a dash of xeriscaping to Kansas. Since a multi-decade drought has been predicted for Kansas, it just seems sensible to ‘get into’ succulent gardening.

My problem? Louisburg had only four rain-free days in May and June is shaping up to be wet-wet-wet. A lot of my friends with succulent gardens are bringing them inside for protection.

As for me, I still wanted one, rain or no rain. But every pre-made succulent garden I saw had a price tag that I just couldn’t justify. I debated over every garden, and showed amazing (for me) discipline by resisting. Until I went shopping with my 11-year old granddaughter.

No, no, I don’t blame her! Totally my bad. Once started, I couldn’t stop.

We found just the right plants for a relatively reasonable price. Then we found some lovely rocks for not too much money. Of course, add it all up and I was spending more than I would have spent on one of those lovely gardens I’d by-passed. And what about the pot? The perfect pot was a real splurge.

Sure enough, that night my granddaughter got on the phone with her mother and revealed my extravagance: “Guess what? Grandma spent $100 on a succulent garden. But she told grandpa it was only $50 and then said under her breath, ‘for the pot'”

Uh oh! Gotta watch those little ears… Was it worth it? I love my new succulent garden!