Tuesday, September 21, 2021

I'm just a spiteful African Violet in an Escarole pot....

....OK not exactly a great title for a poem, the opening line of a novel or even the chorus of a song, as in "I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch." I kid you not, it is a real song - lonely little petunia in an onion patch.

I grow some edible, leafy greens on my back deck. In August I seeded some Arugula, Escarole and Cilantro for the Fall. About a month ago, I did notice an odd leaf growing among the Escarole. It looked like an African Violet leaf. I thought, no it's really a weed masquerading as an African Violet - they do that, even in the plant world. Evil is everywhere!

Anyway, the other day, this leaf produced a bloom - a white African Violet bloom. I was amazed. Now, I did remember last Fall throwing a white African Violet plant in the compost heap. I presumed it had died or wasn't worth retrieving, given that I had too many African Violets as it was.

Well, nature is amazing. It survives, in spite of us, or to spite us. I have just to look at the weeds growing almost 6 ft tall at various intersections in the city - Jarvis & Wellesley comes to mind, to be reminded that if you give nature 50 years, it will return the urban jungle to simply jungle - bring on the lions.

A brief post today. But a resurrection is always worth celebrating.

Have a blooming wonderful day

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