Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Evolution of a Gardener

When I was a kid
we'd visit my grandparent's farm


I'd ride in the car and listen as my mom and grandma discussed all the plants and flowers along the roadside


What is the name of that flower?  my mom would ask
and I would wonder why anyone would want to talk about something 
so boring


Now grown up, I go and visit my mom and my grandma
and I am the one asking this time


what is the name of that flower?


Maybe some day my children will come visit me
with children of their own


and we will take walks or drive through the countryside
and they will turn to me and ask


what is the name of that flower?

Thank you to Donna of Garden Walk, Garden Talk for hosting this Word for Wednesday!

17 comments:

  1. Indie, I've been scrolling up and down looking for the name of that flower. I still can't find it. So, what is the name of that flower?!!!

    My favorite shot is the 2nd last one where the flowers petals have visibly 2 different colors meet in between.

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  2. I think you just expressed the wish of every one of us.

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  3. Indie, such a true to life post, when I was a kid, I remember my mother and her friend discussing flowers all the time and I was always wondering what the fuss was all about. And now I know! We really do evolve as gardeners, don't we? And I hope my children and grandchildren become interested, too.

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  4. How beautiful these photos are showing differences in textures, colors, maturities even in just one plant. Each has its own merits and qualities. I think this is sedum as One asked. I hope my guess is right.

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  5. One - ha, I probably should have put the answer to the question somewhere :) It is Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

    Katie - I think we all want to share and pass along the joy of gardening with others. It would be a great thing to have my kids grow up and start gardening themselves!

    Karen - It's a great thing to discover gardening - we now notice so much more beauty in the world around us! I hope I evolve into that wise gardener who knows all about gardening, and I do hope my children will become interested in it too.

    Andrea - You are correct about the sedum! The flowers are constantly changing, but each phase is beautiful!

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  6. What a great perspective of the word "evolve". You are so right - we, as gardeners, evolve too. I always wondered if my passion would be transferred onto my children as I made them work alongside me in the garden. They didn't seem to care about the plants or their names. Now, they are both in their mid-30's and take great pride in their gardens. So, they too have evolved into gardeners. Such joy.

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  7. Wonderful post about the evolution of gardening, families and the sedum...pictures were perfect...

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  8. I really liked your look at evolve, because it is so true, we evolve as well. Our tastes mature over time and our preferences change. It is nice to think traditions will grow right along side the kids asking the questions. Thanks for another great look at evolve.

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  9. Sedum is such a lovely plant and flower to learn about. And it does represent evolve so well to illustrate the curiosity of children as they learn about the garden...excellent!

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  10. Thank you for the reminder of my mom and her garden. She and her friends shared "passalong" plants which I remember asking her over and over again - "What did you call that plant?"

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  11. Wonderful look at the things that are passed down from generation to generation, even if we don't realize it.

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  12. So true and so lovely. I guess the most important thing to me is that my children are connected to nature, which they are, but I would be thrilled if they some day became gardeners.

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  13. It's a Sedum my friend! Funny ol' plant, have just 'learnt' to love them, they're more beautiful than we give them credit for. x

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  14. The flowers of the sedum are pretty. There are so many to a cluster. I like to ask my grandma about flower names too.

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  15. I pytania takie pójdą dalej, na obecnych i przyszłych członków rodziny. Ten kwiatek po polsku nazywa się - rozchodnik czyli sedum. Pozdrawiam

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  16. Your post made me think about my grandmother and her garden which I haven't done in a long time..thanks for bringing up those memories. My mother was never really into gardening and my grandmother grew just a few plants, but they all flourished in her garden...lily of the valley and lilacs were my favorites.

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  17. Sedums are such a useful and beautiful plant as the garden changes with the seasons. I had a gardening mother and grandmother too. Now, I have their plants with me. I can still ask Mum questions, but her treasures are all in my garden. Lucky me!

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