- Family and Parenting»
The Bi-annual Parade of Flowers
Reflections - a boy becomes a man...
All my years at home while growing up I could always count on two things that I really dreaded to do, happening as regular as clock-work. It was known to me as the bi-annual parade of flowers. I believe my mom had at least one of every flower imaginable and it was my job to bring them out of the basement and winter storage during the early spring after all danger of frost had passed and then as fall began, to again parade them all this time back into the basement for the winter. Even though I saw no need for all this attention to flowers and plants during my childhood, I’ve since grown accustomed to this procedure, for my wife dearly loves to work outside in the yard with her flowers and the neighbors seem to notice by saying we have the prettiest yard in the neighborhood just because of all her attention to it.
new life and a season for new growth
This summer seems to have pasted too quickly. Some of the flowers are just starting to produce daily and yet the cool night air is telling us it’s time to move the tender plants back inside to protect them from the chilly weather just ahead. Just like mom, twice each year my loving wife and maker of our home and I transport dozens of pots bearing tender plants of varied description and character outside in the spring and then back inside during the fall. Large plants 4 – 5 feet tall and roots filling two gallon pots or larger and smaller tender transplants and starter plants ready to rest or lie dormant until next spring when the warmer air and temperatures again calls the plants to new life and a season of new growth.
Some plants remain inside year round because they are fragile...
Some plants remain inside year round because of their fragile leaf structure like her African Violets. Our Philodendron (Heartleaf and tri-leaf) are so entwined around the wrought iron in the living room that it would be impossible to move them outside. Even the Sansevieria (Mother-in-Laws’ tongue); though I sometimes start half a dozen or so new plants in the spring, I like to set the new starts outside in a natural more humid setting when warm enough, for after these clippings and new starts show fresh new growth we can treat them as mature plants. Most of her other plants, like the Schefflera, the Epiphyllum (Babe in a Manger) and the Dracaena (we just started about half a dozen new plants this past summer), the Hibiscus, Begonia (common and Angel Wing), the Weeping Ficus, the Euphorbia (or Crown of Thorns), the Dieffenbachias (or Spotted dumb cane), the Spathiphyllum (Mauna Loa or more common, Peace Lily) all seem to like the summer months outside under the natural canopy and the fresh air.
We both love flowers...
We both love flowers and the challenge of propagation or new starts intrigues us as we uncover the secrets of plant reproduction. We know not all plants can be successfully duplicated this way, but the thrill of starting new plants and giving them to friends has been a passion of my wife and mine since we got married. Each plant is different as to its individual makeup and the procedures or technics of handling and care via instruction from numerous books we have plus access to the internet covers the multitude of questions that arise associated with each plant.
"It’s like passing through a jungle..."
When my children come to visit, they say it’s like passing through a jungle with the wide assortment of plants and/or ferns. Since we have skylights in all the rooms upstairs there is ample lighting even during the dreary winter months for those that don’t do so well in the garages’ cooler temps. Besides, most plants call for a time of rest to re-coop so the cooler weather and the lowered amounts of natural light during the fall and winter seem quite adequate to sustain them and we haven’t seemed to loose one yet due to lack of attention. Even during the wintertime some plants thrive more like the Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) and the Euphorbia pulcherrima, better known as the Christmas star or Poinsettia, with the proper handling.
all of God’s creation has purpose…
It’s all quite different now. What I once dreaded to do as a child has matured into a better understanding and knowledge that all of God’s creation somehow has purpose…
© 2010 SamSonS