Monday, January 30, 2012

Hanging in there...

Missy Tippens, here. For many of us, the weather has been extremely cold. Here in Georgia, we've had a bit of really cold weather--in the 20's. So I've been amazed at some flowers that have hung in there in pots on my porch. They got planted really late.


 Late in the summer, my daughter found some little bulbs she'd bought for a fundraiser, and my husband decided to just toss them in the pots to see what happened. Well, they've been blooming since about November! And they've survived the frost, I guess because they're on the edge of the porch.



Those cute little flowers (I don't even know what kind they are) have taught me about persistence. I thought I'd share. :)




21 comments:

Julie Hilton Steele said...

My citronella is still going. Unbelievable. I am savoring all the bulbs and blooms now because it is going to be a spare spring.

Peace, Julie

Teresa said...

They resemble some poppies we have here but in other colour, even the green leaves resemble.

Yes, nature teach us a lot because they remain pure in their "trust". They trust water will come, they trust Sun will be provided, they trust Better Times will arrive... even when withering in a sunless corner, with thirst and no one really caring.

We, humans, somehow pile on self-doubt, anxieties and stress and forget simple rules like believe, hope, trust. And by doubting we wither. But we'll, also, bloom.

Because:

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Hang in There, Missy!

Leann said...

I have pansy, alyssum and, snapdragons in my pots. They've survived the cold and are loving it.

Missy Tippens said...

Julie, I guess you've had about the same weather we have. I'm sitting outside in the sun right this moment in a tank top getting a little sun while working! :)

Missy Tippens said...

Teresa, thank you for sharing you input and a verse. You're such an encourager!

Missy Tippens said...

Leann, our pansies usually go well through the winter. We plant them in the fall around here. i usually just cover with a little pinestraw during the winter. Now I have these cute--poppies? I'm thinking they're probably perennials. I guess I'll find out in the spring. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Leann, our pansies usually go well through the winter. We plant them in the fall around here. i usually just cover with a little pinestraw during the winter. Now I have these cute--poppies? I'm thinking they're probably perennials. I guess I'll find out in the spring. :)

Linda Goodnight said...

Love the metaphor, Missy. Here in Oklahoma we've been in awful drought and all my floweres died along with some trees. However, I looked out the window yesterday to see those resilient, trusting little tulips beginning to jut up from the earth.

Missy Tippens said...

Linda, the first daffodils around here always cheer me more than anything! I can't believe you have tulips already! I hope they don't get frozen.

Kim Watters said...

Beautiful. I have silk flowers in my pot! :) Don't have to worry about water or the temps.

Christine Johnson said...

What pretty flowers, and what a wonderful thought, Missy. Persistence in the face of adversity. Amen!

PamelaTracy said...

I haven't killed by bougenvilla [sp]. That's the only flower to survive me.

Missy Tippens said...

Kim, I've seriously considered that! LOL

Christine, I've been amazed by these flowers and have strangely been inspired. :)

Pamela, I should admit my husband does the watering. Otherwise they probably wouldn't have made it. I almost dug them up to plant pansies but never got around to it. Then they suddenly sprouted!

Ausjenny said...

Missy I think they are anemones they are a bulb tiny bulb and come up nromally end of winter/early spring.
wow they are doing well. my flowers are all dying seems they dont like the heat! the ones with mulch are doing better. (they like water to and they haven't been given as much as they need) Its not raining here.

Kav said...

Looks like everyone here lives in a warmer climate than I do. My garden is buried under snow and ice and likely to stay that way until April. :-( But it makes those first sightings of green shoots all the more miraculous!

Missy Tippens said...

Oh, Jenny! I think that's what the package said! I think you're right. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Kav, I can't imagine. Around here, snow is a treat. :)

Tracy S said...

I'm with Kav. Dealing with snow here! Unlike the south, the north is having a warmer than average winter (even though we do have snow, we have 40* days a couple days a week and that is NOT normal for WI in January).

I wouldn't mind a few really cold days to kill all the sick bugs that just seem to be mutating and getting nastier as the winter goes on.

Flower season here is June-September (sometimes early Oct) I don't plant anything before Memorial Day weekend because we still get the occasional frost in May.

Alison said...

These are anemones - and what's lovely is that many people think they are the 'lilies of the field' Jesus talked about.

Missy Tippens said...

Tracy, we're going to be having weather in the 60's all week here in GA. But it's raining at the moment. I did get to sit outside in a tank top to eat lunch again today! I love it! Although, like you, I'd like to get rid of a few of these bugs.

Missy Tippens said...

Alison, thanks! It's good to know for sure. I'll look them up and find out about caring for them.

Thanks!