Bloom Where You’re Planted

This is a cucumber plant in our yard. I did not put it there. I planted cucumbers about 75 feet away in a carefully tended garden. But this rogue cuke somehow grounded itself in the rocks, near the children’s swing set and assorted pairs of stomping feet. Stubborn thing.

In that carefully tended garden, I have melons. I did not plant these melons. Earlier in the summer Roger served a breakfast of honeydew with prosciutto and lime juice, and then mulched the waste. I suppose the seeds took root. Stubborn things.

In the front yard, hanging over the driveway, there is a sunflower. I did not plant it. There are no similar flowers near it. It is so florally prolific that it droops in the path of Roger’s car as he heads into and out of the garage. It’s taken quite a beating, but still keeps producing flowers that reach for the light. Stubborn thing.

I honor the hearty biology of these organisms, that they strive to grow where they are. I admire their thirst for sunlight, their ongoing quest for growth, no matter what sense there is in their surroundings.

I dedicate this post to Tessa and Reed, the hearty, stubborn rogues that landed in my garden. Grow with me here!

28 thoughts on “Bloom Where You’re Planted”

  1. wondrous little rogues, they are!

    one of my fave pix of myself is from our honeymoon at an inn on maui picking my breakfast from a strawberry papaya tree that had been cut down twice and refused to die and grew back stronger each time. the fruit was phenomenal!

  2. Perhaps one of your little rogues didn’t feel like eating a cucumber one meal and hid the evidence in the rocks.

    Naah, your explanation is better.

  3. BEST POST EVER!! And my computer hasn’t even loaded the photos of your rogue crops yet. Love love love this post.


  4. So true, whether you’re a human or a plant. Yes, sunflowers are what are being banging up by Rodge’s car. Yes, a new nickame for the Hubster.

  5. I absolutely love the way you look at things and the way you connect ideas — stubborn plants to your kids.

    I love your writing and your blog. Thank you!

  6. Eloquent post, rich with meaning. Thank you for sharing this. Happy ICLW!
    ~Keiko <a href=””>Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed</a>

  7. Thankyou so much for your little comment!I found that article randomly and I thought it was calming to hear that adoption isnt comfortable always. I think that I’ve tried to keep my experience comfortable for everyone around me by not talking about my feelings wether its good, peaceful ,sad or fear of the unknown I had a private adoption, so your open adoption is very interesting for me to read thru! I think its beautiful that you write your story and expieriences and you see thru your own fears for your children.its lovely.

  8. Such a nice way to look at things! Even though they aren’t planted in the best places or circumstances, they still thrive. I think that’s a beautiful sentiment… (even if I am commenting on a post that’s almost 2 years old. HA!)

  9. beautiful post and sentiment. i’ve always loved the quote ‘bloom where you are planted’. i’ve attempted to do it as well, living in a new country the past 6 months or so, but i’m stuggling a little..

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