“And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. And to now that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching. ” ~Khalil Gibran
I planted these Hens and Chicks last year with the joy put in my heart by the words of the garden center lady. “You can’t kill them. Don’t even bother watering them. They will grow anywhere.” Sounded just like my kind of plant! I’m a “trial and error” gardener. I’ve been known to overwater, underwater, transplant at the wrong time, etc…
I was thrilled to see the shoots bloom this year. I googled to see if I should remove the shoots and transplant for new flowers. I did not expect what I found. These lovely blooms mean it’s the end of the line for this plant. When the Hen produces chicks, it’s a new plant. When those shoots flower they are called Roosters and it means death. The plant also left a Chick, so it’s not the complete end of the plant only the flowered shoots. Apparently, this happens from stress. How can it be stressed? It could have gotten too much water, fertilizer, or insufficient room to grow, or inappropriate amounts of sunlight. Take your pick… The hubby watered and fertilized them, but he swears it was AFTER it bloomed. We live and learn. I will become an admirer from afar!
Bittersweet is such the lifecycle. To live is to love and create, to move forward.
How often we mean well to find our actions counterproductive. We cultivate through touch, whether physically or emotionally. We connect and hopefully prosper.
No matter, life is a cycle. We must do what we can to live a loving and productive one.
Take this day to love one another, near or afar.