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Friday, March 25, 2011

Budding Promise

In our gardens, we often learn that while we love to plant something special, no matter the protection, the care and maintenance we provide to it, some force greater than what we have control of can abruptly take it away. Be it a storm, a late season frost, a disease that ravages its roots or infects its leaves, any or all can shorten the span of that budding promise in spring.

The Cercis Canadensis, the Eastern Redbud is one of those small to medium-size deciduous trees that when planted in a protected microclimate can offer a spectacular burst of color. These trees can be short lived even if all the proper care and protection is provided. I always looked forward to the Redbud’s vibrant blossoms that stretched across the front yard until a blast of Arctic air destroyed its trunk.

I write this as my nephew, Adam flies home today from Spain to bury one of his best buds, David Plamondon. It is always the budding promise that seems to be taken away too soon. But where we garden, there is rebirth. Where we love, we share wonderful memories of that budding promise. Hold Mother Teresa’s healing words in your hearts. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

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Image of Cercis canadensis and David Plamondon from the Internet

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