• I allowed myself to hope.
When it comes to gardening, I’m usually more cerebral than heartfelt.
I don’t assume that just because I plant something, it’ll thrive. Instead, I focus on those plants that get with the program and grow.
Like this cute little tree in the concrete urn that I can see out the window from our study.
• But there’s something missing from this photo.
Around the base of this cute little tree there are supposed to be 5 toad lilies, which I bought last spring for an outrageous amount of money from an allegedly honest garden nursery catalogue [which I’m not linking to here because I don’t want to advertise for the company].
Years ago, before the front planting beds were re-landscaped, there was a thriving toad lily in this exact location.
That’s why I planted them, right there, uniformly around the base of the concrete urn, anticipating autumnal beauty whilst gazing out my window.
• But do you, gentle readers, see any thriving toad lilies?
Or do you, like me, see one scraggly looking wisp of a plant, barely hanging onto life?
That, my friends, is what $60.00 will get you when you dare to believe the copy in a catalogue. A catalogue that should be named: A Sucker Is Born Every Minute Garden & Nursery Store Catalogue For The Easily Gullible.
Because, really, that’s what the catalogue is all about.
Or so it would seem to me, Ms. Gullible.