I am not expecting flowers for Mother’s Day, and that’s OK, because I have some spectacular flowers that have appeared just in time for the occasion.
In November 2012 my dearly beloved bought me an orchid. I don’t remember now what the occasion was. It could have been a belated birthday present or it could have been simply because he loves me and knew I wanted an orchid.
The blooms lasted a long time, but eventually they died and dropped off the stalk. I trimmed the stalk back, and began taking care of the plant as best I could by trying to follow the information I found on the Internet.
And the plant just mostly sat there for 2-1/2 years. A new leaf would appear occasionally, and an older leaf would shrivel and drop off, but that’s about it. Richard said if it were him, he would have given up a long time ago and tossed the plant.
I am very glad that I persevered and did not give up. About a month
ago I noticed that the plant was starting to send out something that did
not look like the air roots (or whatever they are) that stick up out of
the potting mix.
Could this be a bud stalk? I began to get rather excited.
then I noticed little buds were forming on the stock, and then and got
really excited…. and then…. and then… within the last week…
Mother's Day can be a minefield for someone whose mother has died and
whose child has died. But enough time has passed that I can enjoy the
day without falling apart. So tomorrow I will celebrate the life of my wonderful Mother, who was a wonderful example of how to be a mother, and will reflect on the years that I had the privilege of being a mother myself, and most of all, will celebrate my husband who was kind to give me a gift that has kept on giving.