“Not Perfect”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
For three weeks now, the forsythia has been blooming. Because it has been blooming over such a long period of time, it has not put forth the full flush of blooms that it usually does.
The blooms seem a little skimpy, and because of this they don’t seem to be heralding a spring about to burst forth. It is more like spring is just dragging in or doesn’t know if it should be showing up yet.
This area in the coastal South is a little marginal for this plant in respect to its blooming. There have been some years when, because of warm winters, there have been no flowers at all. This year the flowering would have looked so much better if the blooms would have all shown up at once. Since the leaves are already coming out, that means no more flowers will be emerging. So, unfortunately, this is as much of a spring showing from this plant as we’ll get.
It is a little disappointing when a plant that only blooms once a year doesn’t live up to its potential, but with all the other spring-flowering shrubs around that are already in bloom or in bud, I really can’t complain. This is just a reminder that every now and then things are just not perfect, and we need to be able to accept that.