The Kindness of Strangers

A few years ago I began to notice a flower bush/tree (neither, really) that blooms pink or white for a few weeks in the fall. I asked my friends on FB 

and my friend Ralph D. told me what it was.

I did some research and found out they are supposed to be easy to propagate, with a cutting.

A week ago I noticed them in someone’s yard and decided to stop and see if I could stop to take some photos.

The older gentleman who came to the door asked if he could help me. I told him I wanted to take some photos of his Confederate Rose blooms.

He said, “Is that all you want? To take pictures of the flowers?”

I’m guessing he was a bit relieved that I wasn’t trying to sell something, or convince him to contribute to my pastor’s Lear Jet.

Just Kidding. My pastor doesn’t have a Lear Jet. Nor does he want one.

Anyway, we chatted a little about the Confederate Rose and then he offered to cut one for me to try to root!

I happily took him up on his offer. Only time will tell if I actually am successful. My thumb isn’t exactly green.

His neighbor has moved away and the house is for sale. I said he was sure that his neighbor, a good friend, wouldn’t mind if I took some photos of his blooms, which are the white-with-pale-pink tinged ones.

I was tickled to have his permission! I had thought the dark pink blooms were the ones about to open. I discovered that they are the blooms after they are finished. The pod looking things are before they bloom.

This is the second time that I stopped in at a stranger’s home to ask about photographing a flower, and they gave me one to take home. The other time it was a gorgeous, dark blue/purple hydrangea (have I shown you those?) I appreciate their generosity so much!

Here’s what the Southern Living‘s Grumpy Gardener aka Steve Bender has to say about them: http://www.southernliving.com/garden/grumpy-gardener/confederate-rose-will-rise-again

The bushes I saw didn’t have white and bright pink blooms at the same time. I’m curious why some do and some don’t.

So, if a stranger stops in and asks to take a few photos of your flowers, if you have an extra to send home with them, you’d bless them to bits. 🙂

One thought on “The Kindness of Strangers

  1. Lewis Overholt

    The blooms (or blossoms?) are exquisitely fragile & delicate, Marylou! It takes an artists perspective to see such minute details when riding along country roads from a distance!
    Keep up your good work and help us (especially guys) to have a keener sense & perspective, taking a lesson from our blessed LORD, “…behold, the lilies of the Field…”
    Trying to catch up! L.O.

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