I visited our local Home Depot Garden Center one day last week and, as I strolled the aisles, I thought I heard someone -- or something -- calling my name. As I walked by this beautiful hanging basket of double Impatiens, I plainly heard it say, "Oh, please ... won't you take me home with you? I'll be so pretty hanging from your Bay Magnolia tree, and I won't be any trouble at all. Just keep me in the shade and give me a drink every day, and I'll be happy and make lots of pretty flowers for you."
Well, I've heard of people talking to their plants (and have done it myself occasionally ... usually to tell them that if they don't perk up, they're going to end up on my version of "death row" for plants!) ... but I have never actually heard any of my plants talk back to me.
But that basket of Impatiens was not only talking to me, it was begging me to take it home with me. Being the
When I got home, I hung the basket on a shepherd's hook under the branches of the Bay Magnolia, and every time I look at it makes me smile. I haven't heard it say anything else, but sometimes I do think it might be smiling back at me!
Doesn't this look like a smile to you!
I love my little basket of Impatiens, and I'm so glad it chose me to take it home that day.
If you go to a garden center near you this weekend, I hope you will remember this story and take the time to listen for any flowers that might be calling your name.
The word lagniappe, as defined by Webster's, means "something given or obtained gratuitously, or by way of good measure."
"Time never turns backwards
Its old charms to give,
In photographs only
Can yesterdays live."
~ Edgar A. Guest
Please do not copy my pictures or original text without asking permission. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.