Saturday, March 26, 2011
Signs of Hope
On the other hand, my three Dutch irises are blooming. I bought them all three stuffed into a smallish pot at our local Home Depot for all of $3 last year. They had roots coming out of every hole in the pot and were wilting because they hadn't been watered. Despite the abuse and the lack of care from a gardener (me) who doesn't grow any bulbs, they all came back and bloomed this year. I am surprised at their resilience.
My two spirea bushes, bedraggled by heavy rain and wind, still hang on to their blooms. I am grateful for their tough beauty, even though their canes, bent almost to the ground, ended up on the neighboring roses and broke quite a few buds.
Finally, the leaves are emerging on my beautiful coral bark Japanese maple (Sangu Kaku). This maple has pretty fall foliage and striking red branches in winter, but I like it best in early spring with fresh and soft unspoiled green growth against the red canes.
Well, this isn't much perhaps, but considering all my garden has been through recently, that's more than enough to keep me happy for now.