Much of gardening for me is about the waiting and watching. . . I like that you really never know what you’ll end up with. . . it’s part of the process. And I’m used to surprises in my garden – really every bloom and every flourishing leafy plant is surprise for me in some way and really does give me a little splash of joy when I see it.
Recently I was treated to a pretty big surprise though. . . I had noticed some large leaves in my backyard and thought they looked similar to calla lily leaves but had no idea what they were. I certainly hadn’t planted calla lilies. . . or so I thought. . . About a month later I couldn’t believe my eyes – two of the most beautiful calla lilies were tucked in with these leaves. One yellow and one pink. I racked my brain to figure out where they came from, and then I realized they had probably come from my very dear friend whose garden has a very soulful, old vibe. She has passed along dozens and dozens and dozens of botanical treats. And interestingly many of these are the ones that have flourished the most for me: apricot mums, solomon’s seal, hellebores, chinese foxgloves. . . so many sweet things. Sometimes I come home from her garden with so many little pots of plant love that I can’t keep track of what I have. It’s part of the beauty of these passalong treasures, and obviously that’s what happened with the calla lillies. And thank goodness it happened that way – I think I love the surprises in my garden the most. These old souls. . .
I feel that old soul connection when I look at this photograph.
I’m posting the color as well as the black and white version – it’s rare for me to post both, but I think they have a relatively unique feel from each other.
Hope everyone had a fabulous 4th weekend! Ta ta for now~ Kathleen