My mom could put a stick in the ground and it would root and grow and bloom. Among the thousands of great qualities she possessed was that "green thumb" of hers.
She was so good about "bringing plants in" for the winter. . .so she could "put them back out" and enjoy them the next summer. One such plant she almost always included in the "bringing in" would be a begonia or two.
She was great about "starting" new plants over the winter and often times (usually on or around Mother's Day) she would give me one of the begonias she'd started because she knew that was one of my favorite outdoor plants. . .and during those days it was a plant she knew I couldn't kill cuz we had a super shady yard then and those begonias thrived there.
My mom did pass on some mighty fine qualities to me, but she knew that Green Thumb wasn't one of them!
I know she found great inner peace when "piddling" with her plants and garden. One of the greatest joys in her life came when she and my brother and his wife shared a home and garden. She loved to show off their latest planting efforts, and he his, and I know that brought great happiness to her cuz he also had a pretty Green Thumb in those days.
But, like I said, that Green Thumb just skipped right over me. I really don't find relaxation in dragging huge bags of soil around or putting the dirt in the pots or even placing the new little plants in them and it REALLY irritates me to shell out money to buy the plants in the first place. Oh and I HATE to water them!!
So why do I do it?
I like the results. I like to sit on the patio and look at the pretty blooms. That's the time I find very peaceful and relaxing.
However, this year has been somewhat different.
I still didn't like having to pay WAY too much for my little flat of plants OR dragging the dirt from the garage to the back patio. However, once I started the process of "potting" the little plants I felt the presence of my Mom.
She's been on my mind a lot more than usual lately. I think of her every day. . .but recently it's been nearly overwhelming. This will be the 11th Mother's Day without her. . . and I still can't believe she's not with us. I know all of us who have lost our parents go through similiar feelings. . .and I'm sure it's simply a sign that we loved them so very much.
So, as I pulled the little Vinca plants out of their starter containers and placed them three to a pot, the "job" of getting the patio pots filled this year didn't seem so bad.
I wish I'd had a video of the thoughts that were going through my head during this time.
I know I was having flashbacks of Mother's Days Past . . . and being so grateful that we did have those times together.
Over the previous 9 summers we've lived here, I've found that Vincas do great on our Western exposure. It gets like an oven on that side of the house in the late afternoon, but these little beauties can take it!!
THE STONE RABBIT wanted me to show you a picture I took last summer right before a big storm was about to come through.
I'd pulled the Vinca beneath the roof-covered part of our patio to protect them. Little Twiggy helped me do that!!
Another plant I've found that does super on that hot patio is Lantana. For the past few summers I've been putting it in a vintage mop bucket that was given to me by my friend Bonnie.
I don't know how much longer that bucket will be good for plants, however, as I discovered the bottom appears to be rusting out!!! I'll have to get creative and figure out a way to keep using it as a planter cuz I love it so much!!
Here is THE STONE RABBIT with last year's Lantana!!! It got HUGE and bloomed all summer long!!
I often wonder what my mom thinks about me taking up the activity of running? Bet she LOVED the first 5K I ever did nearly four years ago. That's me with my son. He ran it with me. . .every step of the way. :)
I'm sure she was doubly tickled as was my sister up in heaven with her, cuz that was my niece's first 5K, too. That's us running together in our second 5K !!
Running seems to have come along at a good time in my life. . .when I needed to find a different way to relax and to find inner peace. . .pretty much like Mom seemed to find with her "Green Thumb". Actually, she might be thinking I'm nuts to enjoy running, but I do know she's most likely my biggest cheerleader and she will be waiting for me at the big finish line in the sky. :)
And here are my begonias. . .ready to be placed in their new pots and put in some shady areas on the porches!
Can't have a summer without begonias!! :)
Happy Mother's Day.
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