Garden Magic – Perennials

A few years ago, we bought our first house and I began a flower garden. Quickly I realized the valued of perennials – flowers/plants that come back year after year. Perennials are like newborns each year – full of hope and promise for the coming warm weather.

The Hostas and Ferns appear as small babies right now, just budding. I check on them twice a day to see how much they have grown and revival in there sprouts and unfolding leaves as I feel myself also awakening from winter’s long slumber. And the bulbs – I planted English Bluebells last fall and can’t wait to see how they do…

Why do I love these plants so? – because they remind of possibilities and unseen forces. Much of what happens in life is about timing, waiting and trust.

The Hostas and Ferns sprout when the earth is warming up from snowy days gone by. They may even have to survive another storm or two before they can be assured of warmer days. And that is the other part of their magic – the perennials weather the storms. Their tender shoots somehow manage and thrive under a sudden blanket of seven inches of snow – only to melt away on the morrow. These seemingly vulnerable newborns are not.

They are in fact hardy and resourceful – if leaves die, they grow more. They are not deterred when bad weather comes their way, just steady. They will be here after the storm, spouting new growth and trusting in warmer days…