SHOWOFF

My garden began with a plan.

Tall things in the back.

Mid-sized in the middle

And shorter things along the edge.

It was a good plan

Stella d Ora re-blooming day lilies

Were just the thing for the front.

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Leaving room for lettuce and arugula in season.

The middle is full of goodies

Gloriosa Daisies

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Purple Coneflower

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All kinds of lilies

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And lots more.

I reserved the back

For beds of Dahlias

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And Hollyhocks.

I love Hollyhocks.

I think of Santa Fe

And gardens of family and friends.

My red ones come from seeds from my mother’s garden.

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The pink from my neighbor Patti.

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The pink ones have never been as prolific as the red.

So I cherish each one

Along with the memories of Patti

And our gardening adventures.

A few years ago

When a pink hollyhock appeared

At the front edge of the garden.

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I left it alone.

You see hollyhocks don’t transplant well

They have a tap-root.

One large deep root.

I’m sure God did it that way

To anchor such a tall plant

And keep it from blowing over.

Smart gardener…God.

Over the past few years.

This single pink hollyhock

Has gotten taller

And taller.

This year it has grown to a whopping 7 1/2 feet.

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Way too tall for the front of the garden.

Even for a “relaxed”

Gardener like me.

Yet I can’t bring myself to cut it down.

While it’s in full bloom.

So the plan is to let it finish blooming

And set seed.

Then I will cut it

And lay the branches in the places

I’d like it to be.

At the back.

It will be a few years

Before it grows to these heights.

But I can wait.

After all

Patience is perhaps the greatest

Gardening lesson of all.

Gail

Coco patiently keeping watch over the garden.

Coco patiently keeping watch over the garden.

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6 responses to “SHOWOFF

  1. I like the idea of God being a gardener working with all us seeds and bulbs, applying just the right fertilizer to get us to grow to our full potential. 🙂 And your garden is gorgeous too.

  2. Pam S.

    I planted white hollyhock a couple of years ago. Each year it has moved and this year it moved itself right next to the climbing rose. Perfect! I was able to tie it to the trellis and it has had the prettiest blooms. Who knows where it will decide to be next year but this year the Oklahoma winds won’t blow it down :).

  3. Robin Riley

    Patti was my friend, too. I am glad you have sweet and beautiful memories of her in your garden.
    Love,
    Robin Riley

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