My last errand before my auto accident was to my favorite garden center.
My garden is grim this year. It needs some love (along with better soil, attention and some nasty overgrown bushes removed). The original flowers I put in my window box did not do well. I don’t know why but I’m blaming the boxes themselves. I bought some new beauties to boost my spirits. (Little did I know at the time how much I needed that!)
This is the plant I bought. It went through the accident in my trunk. It was knocked all over. After I had painstakingly spent ten minutes selecting the best specimen at the garden center, all the blooms were gone and tips broken off. Then it sat in the car trunk in high heat for hours until the beloved husband was able to rescue my belongings. For a living plant this is just about the worst treatment it could get.
It was sad looking but I cleaned it up, talked to it sweetly and gave it a good drink. It was a lesson in resilience. Tossed around a hot trunk then baked for a few hours, this is how it repaid me. When I get cranky I go out and spend time with this plant. It recalibrates me more than a person could. Nature is a blessed thing even though she can be brutal.
May we all bounce back from adversity as well as my plant.