Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Impatiens and Persistence

This spring I divided my great grandmother's springeri fern,
yielding two ferns instead of one.
Very nice.

Then I noticed this week that impatiens are growing in the two pots.
One of the flowers has already bloomed.
Since the impatiens I planted this spring haven't reached the seed pod stage,
the impatiens seeds must have nestled into the roots of the fern last summer.
They persisted through winter and spring, only to emerge in the last week.

The places impatiens pop up always surprise me.
I've found them growing out of the siding on the house;
one sprang up in the murkiness of an unused fountain:

I wonder if that is persistence, tenacity, or resurrection.
Probably all three.

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