Gardening for me is a continual curiosity.

In a perennial garden

Plants come back every year


But that doesn’t mean that everything is the same

Every year.

There is a pattern to the bloom

And a familiarity

As old friends pop out of the ground

And return to bloom

Year after year.


Now I love repetition.

I can eat the same thing for breakfast

For years.

But there comes a time in your garden

When you want to try the impossible.

I’ve tried the impossible

(Delphinium come to mind)

Here in my zone 7 garden

Frankly…it’s impossible.

But there is something between

The impossible

And the easy.

Let’s call it the improbable.

It may work

Or it may not.

One plant that falls into that category here

Is Calla Lily.


They are an elegant flower

With a fat stem that can be gently worked

To bend in the direction you want

In an arrangement.

They actually grow in a good part of the country

Zones 3 – 10.

It took a long time for them to get established in my garden,

And even after all these years they are not profuse bloomers.


But they are here

Each year they return.

Their glorious leaves are a welcomed site

Each spring when they come out of the ground.


Their June blooms

Make me smile.


The simple elegance

Reminds me that working to accomplish

The improbable.

Is time well spent.

In the garden

And in life.


flag Day Easter Egg find!

Flag Day Easter Egg find!


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  1. Perennial plants are like old friends, and you look forward to seeing them in the spring. I do chuckle when mine suddenly appear in a place that I didn’t plan for them to be but I either regroup them or just enjoy the surprise location. I’m pretty good at growing plants but I tried three years in a row to grow Delphiniums – failed all three. Guess we can’t be good at everything. 🙂

  2. Rosie

    Gail, thank you for your good work, sweet thoughts and gentle prose. I love the randomness from which they show up in my inbox. I’m a grateful recipient.

  3. Love to hear about your garden and beautiful pictures. THANKS.

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