Don't be fooled. Inside this thin coating of sweetness is a fiery core of total insanity.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday Vignette -- Persistence

Anna at the blog Flutter & Hum, who hosts Wednesday Vignette (see her post here), often includes a nice, long, well-thought out and reasoned bit of philosophy to go with the picture she posts.

Me, not so much. I usually just post a pretty picture.

Today, I'm posting something misleading -- it just looks like a pretty picture of a flower. But there's a lesson in it. A lesson in persistence. Persistence in the Face of a Dire Threat to Life.

Not just a pretty flower

Last fall I dug that Hellebore up because I was renovating the bed it was in.  And then I not only never replanted it, but I did major surgery on it. I cut the enormous clump into four pieces with a bow saw. It was the first Hellebore I ever planted here, 10 years ago, and the root ball was massive, about 24 inches across. It was so heavy I couldn't move it, so I cut it in four pieces, so I could at least move the less heavy chunks.

And now it's flowering. And it's the first Hellebore in my garden to start flowering.

Still uprooted. And flowering.

In fact, all four sections are flowering.

These two sections have 21 flowering stems between them.

There's a lesson here: If some mad crazy person ever cuts you into four pieces with a bow saw, keep going like nothing happened.

I really should get those bits back in the ground ASAP, huh? This Hellebore deserves it.