Sunday, February 15, 2009

Garden Bloggers Blooms Day - a new hope

Unless you have been hiding under a rock in outer Siberia with headphones on blaring Barry Manilow in a strained attempt to reach Nirvana (or its hellish equivalent), or at least something close to it, then you would have heard about Victoria's heatwave and the ensuing fires. The responses to the tragedy have been amazing, massive fundraising efforts and your words on here give so much hope.

The heatwave wreaked some havoc in the balcony garden, and there are few blooms ready for Garden Bloggers Blooms Day. Indeed what is blooming is part desperation and part survival instinct on behalf of the plants, or, if you look at it another way - a new hope (not the Star Wars kind either, I'm more of an Empire girl myself). All accross the balcony I see plants putting out flowers in order to seed and reproduce. The tomato plants, though burnt back (by sun not by fire) are putting out new flowers in the hope of fruiting and continuing on

The basil plants paint the bottom border with hues of white and purple. It means the days of pesto are drawing nearer to a close, but it gives the hope that maybe they will spring again.

The Begonia, once seared closer to the stem than my grandmother's steak is in full flower again.

The lemon tree too is beautiful and putting out this lovely citrus scent. I wouldn't care if this tree never bore fruit, I just love the smell of the blossoms.

So that is garden bloggers blooms day on the balcony garden. Nothing large or radiant or anything close to the word spectacular. But it means so much more, new growth, new life, new hope. Still thinking of the fireys out there, fighting the flames that just wont lie down. And to those that lost so much, our thoughts are with you.


Carol said...

Yes, we have read and heard of the fires and our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, and to those who are fighting it back.

But your blooms show us that nature is resilient and keeps fighting back. Hopefully, a few of those tomato blooms will become nice tomatoes for you to eat.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day.

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Yes, I read about the fires and my heart went out to all. Thanks for sharing your balcony blooms.

Nancy said...

Those fires have made even California's look tame. It takes a lot of grit to grow things where it gets so hot and dry....Houston gets the heat, but we do at least (usually) stay on the damp side.

Dreamybee said...

You must be doing something right on your balcony garden or all your plants wouldn't be fighting to make such a wonderful comeback! I have some "survival" blooms going on in my garden right now too, and they are the ones I am happiest about right now.

Chandramouli S said...

Your plants don't want to give up as do all plants. Great to see that they're fighting back and are proving their courage.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

The lovely white begonia has a spirit stronger than smoke and fire, or so it would seem;) It is wonderful to see them doing so well after nearly succumbing to smoke/heat/flames!