GROWING OLD WITH GRACIE

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Flowers and Cookie Crumbs

I am impressed with all of you who love flowers, plants and trees and are consistently "name-dropping" as you write about this one or that one...  like..  you really know what you're talking about! I learn from you.  But then, that knowledge generally dissolves somewhere inside my brain and I can be enlightened all over again when you write once again about the same. 

However.

I now know what a hydrangea is when I see one.  Mostly because over a half-a-dozen of the bushes are planted in front of my office.  Last year they were lush and gorgeous and just about everyone who came into my office commented on their beauty and asked what we had done to have had our bushes produce such a lovely display of flowers.  I proudly announced that we did nothing.  Just watched them grow.  


And so this year I expected more of the same.  But the flowers were few.  


The largest and oldest of the bushes produced one single flower.


The beauty and strength of that one flower amazes me.


It doesn't seem to care that it is alone.  But rather, it revels in the attention.  Each time I pass the business front, I focus on that one flower.  

Storms whip it fiercely to and fro, but it stands strong.  The sun beats down hard threatening a sure death, but it stands strong.  When I think it has lived just as long as it can possibly live, it still stands strong.  


But eventually it will die.  Leaving behind a legacy of beauty that had been beheld by many.

Stand strong, beautiful one.  Your life is what you make it.  Do not allow the disappointment of others    surrounding your world to weaken you. You are unique.  You are loved.  And when the bitter winds return and snow pelts against where you once lived, you will be remembered.  And you will be missed.

Gracie says:  

  Flowers mean nothing to me.  What good is it if all you can do is look at it?  I like human touch.  A hug.  A smile.  A game of tug-of-war. Cookie crumbs that make it to the floor. Now that's what I'm talking about!  


6 comments:

S. J. Qualls said...

That is a mystery! I've never noticed any of them going on strike or anything. I hope one of the plant people can tell you what the problem is.

betty said...

I wonder if they have dormant years? I know nothing about plants, but the ones that did bloom this year for you sure are pretty!

betty

Inger said...

Bobbi, the picture of Summer and Gracie, how sweet. I think those two own me as well. You are so blessed. Now, the bush itself is magnificent. Maybe it is taking a rest this year to return to a full bloom next year. Whatever is going on with it, I love the single flower and your thoughts about it. I think I will remember the pictures of it, all alone among all the green leaves. So pretty.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I heard the word cookie crumbs and I came running!
love
tweedles

Mildred said...

Cute photo of Gracie and Summer. I've never had a hydrangea before until now. The house we just moved into has one that has been full of blooms. Here in GA, I just read that it is recommended to cut the bush back in early Spring. This makes the bush bloom more in summer. You might could google and ask about hydrangea care in your growing area.
Always a joy to visit here. Have a blessed evening. xo

Ginny Hartzler said...

A meaningful and beautiful story here! We have one Hydrangea bush in the front of the house. But NO flowers this year! Looks really healthy though. Some people say to feed it flowering food. This is an AWESOME picture of Gracie & Summer! Quick, Summer...go get a cookie!