|Wanda La Claire
This plant always reminds me of Robert Frost's poem, Nature's First Green is Gold. There's a line that says, "her early leaf a flower" and it is very true for this bush. The flowers are the small white bell shapes you can see in the center of the picture but it's the leaves that really grab your attention. When this plant spouts new leaves, they are a brilliant pink, which slowly fade to green. I've seen other plants where the new leaves are an amazing red. The odd thing is these plants rarely have attractive flowers. Every year, I watch for the very first buds because, as Robert Frost says, if really is "her hardest hue to hold".
Growing up, I was taught that you never call anyone before 10:00 am and never after 10:00 pm. It was considered polite. But, that rule seems to have disappeared. I don't mind the late night text messages, I'm up anyway, but I really hate being woken up at 6:00 am by an incoming message. I keep my phone by my bed because I use the alarm, so... Why did this rule change? Am I some sort of oddball for keeping my phone by my bed? Yes, I know, I can set it so it automatically shuts off at night. But I'm reluctant to do that. Emergencies to crop up and the phone doesn't make distinctions; it won't simply let the important calls through. Recently I had friends who needed help, the last thing I wanted to do was shut off my phone and make myself unavailable. So, what is the solution? I haven't thought of a good one. So my lame 'solution' is to put up with the odd wake up call in order to be there for the people who need me.
I have no idea how to write blogs so I just write about wacky thoughts that run through my mind and leave a bit of a residue behind.