Changing of the Guard

The changing of the guard.

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Down here in the south, we have more than one flower season, which means we rotate our flowers from winter annuals to summer annuals.

Worn-out flowers that are just past the stage of perfection are now being replaced with summer flowers of a tougher nature. These are flowers and plants that will tolerate intense southern sun during the daytime hours. These flowers must be heartier and very tough varieties because we have such extremes down here: we can have intense thunderstorms every afternoon at 3 o’clock or we can go for a week with no rain and high 90s. So these plants have to be durable and yet still beautiful so we can enjoy them.

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But as we’re getting ready to put in the new summer annuals, does anybody really look at their old winter annuals does anybody say thank you for the months of beauty and enjoyment they gave us? Probably not. Most of us just get in there and remove the old plants, turn over the soil, add a little bit of fertilizer and get ready to plant the next batch.

Yet, those flowers we’re ripping out to throw in the garbage did give us many hours of beautiful calming enjoyment. It almost feels like we should be paying a homage to those spent flowers, just being trashed. We make no attempts to save them, really it’s not economical, but I think we should at least take pictures of that we can look back and say “wow that was really something”.

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So as you change the guard with your flowers going from one season to the next take a moment and be thankful for the beauty and enjoyment that you had with last season’s batch of annuals.

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