Sunday, August 29, 2010


If this year has taught me nothing else it is patience. The candlestick tree in the photo was a gift from my sister. We dug it out of her butterfly garden early last summer. It was a tiny little seedling. Since all candlestick trees have died a horrible death every time I have planted them directly into the garden, this one was babied and kept in a container. It grew to about two feet tall last summer. I brought it in, took it out, brought it in and shook it all about - winter hooky poky anyone? This spring I transplanted it into a larger container. It is about four feet tall now. Finally, this week, it decided to bloom.

We have been dealing with a lot of things that take patience this year. Manly's medical situation, raising the Manimals and trying to make less money go much further. Since I am all about instant gratification, this has been hard. This little tree has taught me that perseverance pays off in the end.

"He that can have Patience, can have what he will." Benjamin Franklin.
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  1. A garden is all about patience and procrastination--or maybe that's just me, lol.

  2. I agree that gardening is all about patience, and I'm so bad at being patient!

  3. Plants can teach us so much! I just didn't want to wait on blooms from the zinnia seeds--and now they have rewarded me with beautiful blooms. I pray for patience..everyday!
    Take care! :)

  4. Have to agree with that first comment--patience and procrastination. This year has been all about the latter at the Wenches garden!

  5. Well, we're part fairy then.
    and no patience!

    funny combo!

    light and love to you, your family
    and garden.

    thanks for this one!


  6. Profound. Plants indeed impart a value or a lesson or two, don't they?