“What Hydrangeas Have Taught Me About Life”
Stick with me on this one... :-)
Growing up in the Okanagan desert, I knew the wild flowers that grew there, and my Mom’s gardens at that time had tulips and irises, and lilacs and lavender (all my beloveds), but I had never seen a hydrangea. Until I moved to Vancouver Island where I completely fell in love with these plants. For our wedding, I even put an ad in the newspaper (newspaper!!) and asked for people who had hydrangeas to let me come and cut them for our wedding flowers! You couldn’t buy them cut, and the garden centres were deserted by August anyway. They were so pretty! And lent just the right Laura Ashley feel to the wedding. The bridesmaids wore floral Laura Ashley dresses! @imabuckette remembers... I planted three in my first little garden. I was so dismayed the following spring to see they were just sticks in the ground, that I yanked at least one of them out, if not two. I had a lot to learn... 🙄 Hydrangeas are perennials. They die right back, work on their roots, and grow back up from the bottom when they’re young plants. I have learned better, to watch and wait, be patient, and see what develops. As it turns out, this is also an excellent metaphor for teaching children. They don’t always look like they’re learning and developing, but you can be sure there is something going on, just under the surface, and one day, if you are paying attention, you get surprised by something beautiful.
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