This week all the plants are fascinated with the idea of the emerging bloom. Gloriosa Daisy’s tour de force performance on Monday got the conversation rolling and now everybody is into it. The great question is “how to best expose your beautiful self.”
“I’m telling you,” says Gloriosa. “It’s all about emotion and tension.”“And you gotta add a twist.”“Bring the audience along, then overwhelm them with your gloriousness.”“Yeah yeah yeah.” says Cosmo. “We all know about your evocative tendencies, Gloriosa. Milk it for all it’s worth. Whatever! I say just bloom. Keep the whole anticipation thing to a minimum….” “… and BLOOM.”The whole garden laughs. Go Cosmo Go. Gloriosa laughs along. He’s a strong personality. He likes being challenged.
Poppy says “Oh, I don’t know. I think it is kinda fun to work at a while. I like to get real fuzzy..”“Then do the crack thing…”“And gradually unfold myself….”“… before I open all the way. A little smoothing of my petals and I feel like a million bucks. I just know that shows.”Yep. It shows. No doubt about that.
White Spikey dives into the fray. “I think it’s all about putting out a nice long stem and progressively opening your petals up the stem.”“That’s how to do it. I just wish,” White Spikey continues “That I had a little room to move. I’m so crowded by Yarrow and Dianthus, I can hardly move. How can I be expected to perform at my peak level in this situation?”The other plants ignore the complaint. Its tough around here. Time wasted on complaining is just plain time wasted. They would rather focus on the matter at hand.
They look to Bee Balm. Monarda Didyma. The scarlet beauty. Bee Balm is one of the oldest plants in the garden. Something about Bee Balm’s understated, color focused performance is captivating to all the members of the garden.
“We must begin with a subtle statement of green with just a little hint of what is to come.” Says Bee Balm.“Then add some color.”“Once we have established our color, we begin to work on the flower.”“Be in no hurry. Goriosa is right. A little tension goes a long way. It’s OK to milk the performance a little. This is, after all, the moment for which we live.”Coneflower agrees. “Yes indeed. It is our moment. I know I’m kind of boring, but I like the straightforward approach.”“Build your cone, fill in your petals and show ’em who you are.”The others nod. Coneflower is an old warhorse and they hear he is everywhere. So many gardens have coneflower. He must be doing something right.
Then, of course, there is Lamb’s Ear. This crazy plant takes a completely different approach.
“Dare to be different!” states Lamb’s Ear. “Dare to try things a totally different way.”
“First, focus on geometry and foliage. I try to make the softest, most luscious green petals I can muster, presenting them in a brilliant pattern.”“Then I aim for the sky.”“Shedding the glory of my foliage while I gradually build and fill my stalk with pretty yellow flowers.”“It’s quite a novel approach, I realize. But I like it and, you know, I think it works.”The others all agree. It works. Lamb’s Ear is cool.
They are all cool – that’s why they are here. Cool in their own different ways.
The conversation breaks into a dozen different discussions. It seems like everyone is talking at once as all the plants are excited to share their ideas about the best way to expose their beautiful selves.
It’s a fun week in the garden. The heat builds and the rain cleanses while all the plants look forward to the summer solstice. This is the time to bloom. This is the time to show your beauty.