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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 5

I went into the garden center today and was greeted by a new group of Anthuriums in the greenhouse. Wow. They were the outrageous blooms that manage to look tropical, plastic and like 1950’s drapery fabric all at the same time. I immediately felt a case of plant lust coming on.

Although I managed to resist buying one today, I’m not making any promises for the future. After all, I came home to a typical winter landscape where even the cluster of watering cans seem to ask, “Is it spring yet?”

In many aspects of our lives we tend to lean forward. When kids are under twelve they want to be teenagers. Teenagers want to be independent young adults. Once we’re grownups we want to be settled and successful. And gardeners are always looking forward to spring.

It’s all yearning for growth, isn’t it?

As much as I totally and completely see the wisdom of being in the present moment, I have to honor this yearning for evolution and progress. Appreciate the now, while at the same time moving forward.

Anthuriums are exotic, erotic and fanciful...the perfect plant for winter.

But while the tropical colors call to me, I can still appreciate the stillness of my winter landscape.

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