“A Lesson”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Holding on to life. It never ceases to amaze me how nature clings to life. Plants that continue to grow under hostile conditions such as concrete parking lots makes me realize how tenacious Mother Nature is. How many times have we seen plants that haven’t been watered, that have been exposed to too cold weather, or just plain forgotten, thrive? And yet, how often the pampered and well-tended plants die?
The other day, when I was walking around the garden, I saw a little sunflower seedling sprouting in the most unlikely of places. The birds must have dropped a black oil sunflower seed in just the right way for it to find this spot to start growing.
Yes, this little seedling is growing in the leaves of a ginger plant. As you can tell from the photo, there had been some rain which must have been enough to get the seed growing. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine this sunflower seed growing big enough to flower. There just isn’t enough nutrients in a ginger stem, and winter with its accompanying cold weather will soon be here. Should I gently try and plant it in soil? It certainly seems worthy of a fighting chance.
What this little seedling does remind me of, however, is how tough these seemly delicate little things can be. Life demands toughness. A lesson we all have experienced one way or another.