Today’s garden surprise blooms in the side-yard: periwinkle. I bought a flat last summer and planted most of it in a pot on the deck with some annuals. I envisioned beautiful trails of purple flowers cascading over the edge of the pot. I stopped watering the pot when the annuals went to seed, assuming the rain would take over. So much for assumptions; rain has been sparse all season. Then the squirrels began stashing peanuts in the planting mix, digging and scooping mounds of dirt on the deck. By February the neighbor’s cat was napping in the pot and I threw up my hands in defeat.
On my rounds today I discovered a handful of periwinkle plants survived the winter in the children’s garden. Four tiny plants in bloom, each sporting one purple flower. Also blooming today: The pink and white azalea, one of the camellias, and the broccoli now in bloom. Against the backdrop of cool, gray skies I spotted one lone bee at work. Perhaps tomorrow news will get back to the hive.
“For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom. “~ William Shakespeare
From Benefits of Honey