Tuesday, May 21, 2013


These foxgloves remind me that 
patience and perseverance pay off,
in the garden and in life.

Seven years ago,
after my mom pulled all the weeds, 
this bed was empty.
Except for an old climbing rose, 
that you can't see hiding behind the Miss Kim lilac.
I bought six plants, all flowers, 
that year from the farmer's market. 
Four of them are still alive.
Finally, this bed is looking full.

  Five years ago I discovered winter sowing.
I planted fox gloves that first year, 
and the year after that.
But they never sprouted.
The poppies always grow though, 
and the oriental poppies come back every year.

Last year I tried again with fresh fox glove seeds.
Something changed. They sprouted.
But fox gloves require extra patience, 
the biennials don't bloom until year two.

But now, look at them now.
So many more blooms to enjoy.

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