If it dies, it won’t be because I didn’t water it! For two weeks now I’ve been conscientiously tending a corner of my tiny front yard where a friend planted a tiny hibiscus twig with a beautiful yellow bud on it. The original buds and leaves disappeared within a few days and I thought it was a goner. But I kept watering as instructed, and now there seems to be a new green leaf on it!
My mom is great with plants and my dad was an avid gardener. My own gardening efforts began and ended the summer Dad gave me a little plot in his garden. I planted four cabbage seeds. Two of them came up and I watched, fascinated as real heads of cabbage formed in my spot! Until the day when the bugs riddled them and I hoed them down in frustration.
I’m going to try to be more patient with this hibiscus because I look forward to enjoying a beautiful plant like that. It reminds me to be faithful in other endeavors where I don’t see any progress, watering them with prayer and maybe sometimes even with tears. If it’s God’s work, it will turn out beautiful.
By the way, check out this website for a feast of unfurling flowers: http://tinyurl.com/3gxmeze