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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

saved from the trash heap

this evening just before dusk i walked around outside picking up some debris from the rainstorms of the weekend. much to my surprise i spotted this luscious magenta orchid bloom.

with all of my suppose-ed green thumbery, i have no ability to keep orchids blooming. like bromeliads, i have purchased several and even been gifted with a few to place inside my home. after only a few short weeks of enjoyment and all blooms have made their way to the surface below, my habit has been to place them outside somewhere as if i think they might re-bloom. it never happens. sure the greenery stays green-- but no blooms. lately i have faced reality, saved myself the trouble of watering and wondering and i just go ahead and toss them from house to trash. it might help if i would do a little research to find out what they require to flourish. but - alas- if it doesn't come easy- sad to say- i don't usually fiddle with it.
this one has conquered the odds. maybe someone can help me identify this survivor?


  1. can't help you there. but i liked your chambers' quote and this part especially: "if you are depending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone."

  2. mlm: imagine that- it is the part of this writing that i like best too.

  3. No, I cannot help you identify it, but I think you could name it 'survivor', as that is what it is. I can't even produce such beauty on purpose, and you get results even from a trash heap.

    Since the orchid species is an original from the jungles, maybe they like the less pampered caretaking. I would try this on all your wilting throwaways, ignore them for a while, and see what happens. Obviously, your trash heap is rich in organic matter that allows the sick plant to recover and thrive. You have nothing to lose but time.

  4. sg: i have heard the very same (less pampered caretaking) about orchids- "they are so easy to grow". for some reason- not for me.


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