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Report From PIA – March 4

One of my favorite tender container plants is Euphorbia ‘Sticks of Fire’. I’ve had it in a pot for about six years, putting it out in the summertime and inside for the winter. As I drive around my hometown today, and read emails about last night’s blog, I thought of this plant.

When I first put this plant in a pot it was small but quite interesting. I had no idea that it would grow to be a sculptural, colorful plant that was even more fascinating. Similarly, when I was young, growing up in this Midwestern town I’m now visiting, I had no idea of the many places life would take me. I couldn’t possibly imagine the interesting people I would meet, or how some of my paths would curve back to connect with those I knew as a teenager and college student.

I know that many of you feel the same. We walk down our garden paths without knowing the rewards or difficulties that the course of life will lead us to. But if our eyes are open, we see an adventure filled with tremendous growth, connections and beauty.

Here, in the orange pot, is the second year Sticks of Fire Euphorbia. A nice container plant to place among others.

Now in a blue pot, this Euphorbia is three feet tall and wide. It is more a specimen plant than one of a group at this point, and I'm delighted with how it has developed and grown.

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