"I'm not really a career person.I'm a gardener,basically.".....George Harrison

Saturday, September 10, 2011


noun -steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

1. doggedness, steadfastness. Perseverance, persistence, tenacity, pertinacity imply resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action. Perseverance commonly suggests activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application: Endurance and perseverance combined to win in the end. It is regularly used in a favorable sense.

In spite of the recent onslaught on TheGreatWall,the garden is persevering.

I may have to look at this,everyday….


Clockwise-where the root ball was,the cracked pool,plants dying from too much sun


….but,in the midst of the mess,I found signs that Mother Nature has a plan ….

An orchid that was sashed to smithereens,

but one lone bud survived to bloom…


A little worse for the wear,but it did survive to bloom…

A Caladium,that I must have missed,when I was digging them up…


…must like sun…

The Yellow Top is blooming…


Mixed with the Lemon Grass and Agastache,it makes for a pretty Fall-like sight …


and the first of the Hurricane Lilies,that I bought here,last Fall,has sprung up….


…it is hurricane season,after all…

The Plumeria never fail to let me down…


The Punch Bowl Gaillardia…that I,originally,wasn’t happy with…have been a delight…


A happy face in the midst of all the mud and mess…

Buddha may be resting on the sunny side,but he’s looking pretty happy…



And the veggie garden has been started.

Peas,beans,lettuce,and radishes are up and growing.


Broccoli,cabbage,tomatoes,and peppers have been planted.

Tomorrow,Collards and Turnips will go in.

So,in the midst of all the mess and mud,the gardens have survived.Somewhat different than the original plan.

But gardens should evolve and change with what Mother Nature throws at them.

We,gardeners,can’t control everything.We can try,but Mother Nature will win out in the end.

So,it’s best to learn to bend with the wind,and adapt to what Mother Nature gives us.

And so…

TheGreatWall will survive and change.


Gayle said...

I look back at each of the photos and thing how crazy that all the little leaves exposed to the light were your once carefully planted shade garden. (and seriously, they broke your window??????). How hard that must be to see plants you care for year round trampled and broken. I only care for mine for a couple years, and to be quite honest, forget them over the winter so every Spring is new to me. (Just call me 10-second Tom). So good that you are able to roll with it.

NanaK said...

Your agastache, yellow-top (what's that?) and lemon grass combo looks great. The blanket flowers too, showing that there is a 'sunny-side' to all this. You'll have lots to plan and mull over this winter.

Those veggies are looking good! My first little seedlings that I had just put outside were drowned in a downpour so....I'm starting over. Always something, huh?


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