Sunday, August 19, 2007

Easter in August

Last Thursday as I was inspecting the toll exacted on my plants by the heat and drought, I came across this Japanese Magnolia. The leaves that hadn't fallen off were brown and dessicated, and after much grumbling, I resigned myself to the knowledge that it would probably die, and began thinking of what to plant in its place. Unwilling to completely give up on it, I decided that while I was watering the other trees, I may as well give this one a drink as well.

This morning, I noticed something purple in the tree. Several purple things, actually. I looked, and found it full of buds about to blossom.

Normally this tree blooms in March, as new life is emerging all around. To see it rebloom in August, after a summer more brutal than any winter in recent memory, reminds me that rebirth and renewal can come at any time.

7 comments:

Wrenna said...

Love that. Gardening can be so spiritual.

I hate to pimp my blog, but please, read what I just posted.....

Layanee said...

David: You can always be surprised by nature!! I'm glad you didn't just rip that out.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

Wrenna--Plant a Row For the Hungry is an excellent way to share our wealth of food. Thank you for writing about it.

Layanee--Me too. To be such a pessimist, I don't dig up a dead plant until I'm absolutely sure it's really dead.

Michelle said...

Awww, you go little tree! Congratulations, those types of moments are the best.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

It was a total surprise, Michelle. I knew the tree was dead.

Carolyn gail said...

Hi David,

My Betty Magnolia was turning brown and leaves falling off this year, i.e., before the flood. Magnolias need to be watered deeply ( down to 4 feet ! ) from what I researched and when I soaked it really good it perked up. I've seen Magnolias produce one or two flowers if the weather is cool, but nothing like yours. Blooms like your tree has is usually a survival response to stress.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

It has certainly been stressed, Carolyn. all of this blooming occurred within just a few days of giving it a good, deep watering. At our old house, the magnolia would usually rebloom, but not like this.