In the bud, there is a flower


In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed, an apple tree, in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. (Natalie Sleeth)

When winter arrived in South Texas it came with a force that left us reeling in many ways.  The foliage was especially hard hit, giving the landscape a true winter look.  Expert gardeners told us to water and wait and see, but there was also the expectation that we might not see what we wanted.

I had covered my plants on Saturday, following my usual covering process.  The forecast at that time was for 15 degrees on Sunday night and a high of 27 on Monday, Presidents Day. On Sunday, as the forecast deteriorated and the minus zero wind chills became evident, I did not take any action. I was out of sheets, towels, and throw rugs and most plants were secure under the overhang of the house.  I decided to let it happen as it happened.


The amaryllis were under a blanket that had quickly been soaked and then froze into a layer of ice.  When I pulled it off I found a lot of yellow leaves and a few green and uncertainty in my mind as to how they would recover.  I had had no buds yet and now this set back.  So, I trimmed and watered and adopted the wait and see attitude with strong wishes for flowers this year as the amaryllis really are my favorites.

Just a little shy of a month later, after daily checking and hovering on my part, a bud stalk appeared.  Miraculous and yet another sign of the resilience and stability of God’s creation.  This morning I was gifted another bud stalk.  

2 thoughts on “In the bud, there is a flower

  1. Those sturdy little pansies survived and are blooming like mad. Sadly, the daffodils and jonquils took a hit; all those that had budded already drooped and died without blooming. However, others are coming out, though mosts of the clumps are still bare. It might be an unflowery spring here.

    I hope your amaryllis makes it!

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