I’m not so sure that three’s a crowd, but it is cozy.
The two rhodos that are blooming just now in this photo are “rescue rhodos.” My neighbour had planted them next to the roadway but they were constantly being uprooted by deer who pulled them out, thinking they would be tasty. The deer left the plants lying on the soft sandy soil when they discovered the flavour was not what they had hoped.
I picked up the uprooted rhodos as I came along the end of our drive and brought them to the neighbour’s house so they could replant them (hopefully elsewhere). But they just flung them aside.
So after trying three times to give the rhodos a new life, I took the next ones home and tried to revive them myself. I stuck them in water and then found a good spot for them, next to an Alberta spruce.
Now, something over 20 years later these tiny plants have turned into giants. They have grown into each other’s space and the two rhodos and the spruce are huddled together. They stand together against the wind and the rain and cold. They are the survivors.
The Survivor Group
We once were unloved castaways,
Our time was numbered then in days,
But now we live, and love the sun,
We each feel we’re the lucky one.
The spruce has been our constant friend,
He braces us against the wind,
He keeps the coldest ice from us,
And shields us both without a fuss,
In turn we share our food with him
And water if supply is slim.
We’re all survivors in this group,
Which makes us such a happy troop.
We like each other’s company,
For friends we three shall always be.
Please take a minute to visit my other blog for a comment on Jill Weatherholt’s book, A Father for Bella. Click on the link: https://annelisplace.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/a-father-for-bella/