Sunday, May 15, 2011

Worth The Wait?

It only took seven years to achieve this:





Kim collected seeds from the wild Arrowleaf Balsamroot which grows among the sagebrush in our area.
Then he scattered it seven years ago in our xeric front yard.






Two plants germinated and grew. This year they bloomed for the first time.

Worth it?

You decide.

9 comments:

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

You are VERY patient!! Nice bloom.

garden girl said...

Worth it! They're lovely. So many natives are slow getting established. Seven years is longer than most I've started from seed. 3-5 years seems about average.

This reminds me of something I don't remember who said when talking to an adult woman who was considering going back to school. "But I'll be 45 years old when I finally graduate!" she said. And the wise person she was talking to replied something along the lines of, "and how old will you be in (however many years,) if you don't go back to school?"

Time passes whether we do something with it or not. Those are some wonderful blooms to enjoy, and to show, for the small investment of gathering and spreading a few seeds a few years ago.

Randy Emmitt said...

Kim and Victoria,

Well worth it, love these flowers. I've only waited about half that long for bloomed myself. It only gets better!

Belladonna said...

I've always loved these but I must admit, you have way more patience than me. If something I try to grow hasn't shown progress in 3 yrs I move on to something else!

GoneferalinID said...

Emily and I just learned about those. Amazing that you got them growing. Great job!

François Xavier said...

Sept années, j'ai bien compris ?? c'est étonnant quand même... au moins elles ont pris le temps de réfléchir, vous ont elles surveillé tout ce temps pour savoir si elles devaient ou non vous faire plaisir de leur floraison...? en tous les cas, la patience à du bon, vous en souveniez vous au fait ?? bonne journée, et poutoux de Toulouse...
FX

Rosemary said...

I say Yes! lovely blossoms Impressed you waited that long......

Katie said...

A long time to wait, but what a surprise that must have been!

Cynthia said...

I admire your patience but I say they are definitely worth the wait as they are just beautiful! Plus they are wildflowers, they have minds of their own and finally decided it was time to reward you with some blooms! :)