I took this picture early this morning just before dawn broke. I believe this plant is called a “smoke bush.”
The morning air was a nippy 57 degrees with bright blue skies and finally, finally some hope the temperatures were cooling. And they did but only slightly. Tomorrow should be a repeat of today.
Meanwhile the red quill is spent. It’s five and a half inch stalk now lies on the ground, it’s tip propped up by other plants also dying.
My garden’s a haven to what gardeners call “volunteers.” Some are the children of plants we’ve planted over the years and others are pilgrims to my alien shore that I don’t have the heart to starve, rip to shreds, or send out into a stormy sea.
The stalk is approximately five feet high. But it didn’t squeeze out the other plant. They’re living happily together.
May all your pilgrims be grateful for the protected soil they’re growing in! Even in a crowded pot, there is room to share.
This is how my grandfather looked before he went to war (WWI). He came back with gaunt cheeks and hollowed eyes and never quite overcame the stomach ailments he returned with.
His name written on the back, probably by his mother or father. This post was inspired by Bruce Goodman’s wonderful story over on Weave A Web. Check it out (but have your hankies on hand).
The last few days I’ve been watching this flower grow out of a pile of decaying leaves in an empty flower pot. Because my husband insists of feeding the birds, we find flowers struggling to survive in the oddest places, their existence a testimony to hope. This little one – a long-legged teen – peers out at the rest of the yard perhaps dreaming of having her feet planted in real dirt. Maybe she hopes for a friend, a partner, or a drop of rain on her face.
We did get a few drops of rain this afternoon, enough to clear the air of the dust and smoke. Not enough to wash the grime from the cars, not enough to make a dent in the drought. Not enough, but like a pile of decaying leaves, giving hope.
(this post is supposed to be for #WordlessWednesday but alas a few words trickled onto to the page and I didn’t have the heart to deny them!)