Missing the First

“Missing the First”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Don’t you hate it when you are looking forward to something, and you miss it?  That just happened to me.  Just about all the daylilies have buds, but the Stella d’Oro put out buds first, and I was anticipating that first bloom.  I don’t know why, but Wednesday, I didn’t wander by that section of the garden where they are planted.  I usually walk all around the garden every day. 

Well, Thursday morning as I left for work, my car’s headlights raked across the circle garden, and I glimpsed the first Stella bloom all shriveled up.  I couldn’t believe I had missed it when it was opened and fresh.  What a disappointment!  When I came home yesterday afternoon, there was a new flower opening.  Cute, but you know how we gardeners can be, it was not number one.





 This is the second time this has happened in the last week.  I missed the first walking iris flower, too.

Lesson learned.  At this time of year, when so many things start showing that first flower, check the garden every day.



  1. Janet said,

    April 10, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Well Jan, I think it is the time where the blooms are opening like popcorn popping…too many to keep track of on an individual basis. In the blink of an eye there will multiple blooms filling the landscape.

    • Jan said,

      April 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

      Janet, that is certainly becoming true more every day. It seems that so many plants here are rushing to bloom all at once.

      Randy, it is frustrating, isn’t it? And, working only adds to the opportunities to miss a first timer. Ah, to stay home in the garden every day.

      Blossom, I am sure it won’t be long before you have a great deal of new flowers to post. Spring is a wonderful time for a gardener, isn’t it?

      April, I noticed that several places near me have Stellas in full bloom. Mine are only starting but are covered in buds. You have a great Easter, too.

      Mary Beth, of course, you are right, but when you see that swelling first bud and watch it daily, you want to see it open, especially when it is the first day lily to bloom in the garden.

      Yes, Phillip, it is annoying, more so in spring than any other time. I guess because the winter has starved us for flowers.

      Chandramouli, at least, I am not the only one this happens to. It certainly is nice to see that first one.

  2. Randy said,

    April 10, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I’m the same way! I’ve been waiting all week for the Sinfonietta to bloom for the first time ever and I wasn’t able to get out of the house to look at it! I was very disappointed.

  3. Blossom said,

    April 10, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Oh darn, I don’t have any new bloom right now. But my morning glory has a new baby. And, in a few days, I think I’ll be able to post the latest addition of blooms in my garden.

  4. April said,

    April 10, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Stella has arrived!!!!!!! I need to run out and check mine!!! Maybe I have blooms??????? Have Happy Easter

  5. Mary Beth said,

    April 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Yes, but with daylilies can’t you miss the first bloom, the third bloom and the 8th bloom and still get to enjoys tons for flowers?

  6. Phillip said,

    April 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I hate it when that happens!

  7. April 10, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Oh yea, the first blooms are always special. I totally agree and in certain plants like passion flower, Amaryllis, I’d scold myself if I miss even a single bloom! Your daylily looks lovely, Jan.

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