Timeline of a Lovely Pink Lady
Day 1: Saturday, April 14: My son and I spotted the first sprouts of what we hoped would turn out to be the Pink Lady’s Slipper flower like we had seen in that area last year.
Day 4: Monday, April 17: The bud has appeared, and we are sure this will be the Lady’s Slipper! We hope! How long will we have to wait? I sneak out the woods every day, but nothing seems to be happening quickly! It is hard to wait!
Day 5: April 18, Wednesday: No change! Why am I disappointed? Just a few hours have passed, and I still would like to see a major change! My boys laugh at me as I rush out to take a quick look before heading out for the day!
Day 7: Friday, April 20: The bud is beginning to open! I have sent my boys out to check, and they keep saying, “No change” but I have to go see for myself! I can definitely see a change! I have hope that maybe for the Sabbath, we will have a bloom!
Day 10: Monday, April 23: My son’s birthday! We are so close! It’s teasing me! I can see the shape, and the beauty emerging, but it’s still going to take some more waiting! It will be worth it!
Day 11: Tuesday, April 24: I headed outside first thing in the morning, just like I did yesterday! I hardly hoped, but there it was! What a jewel! I do still think it may open a bit more! It’s much paler than I thought it would be! But I am super excited at how it looks! I took pictures in the early morning light, and after it had rained in the afternoon. I really like it after the rain! Tomorrow, I will go check it out too!
Day 12: Wednesday, April 25: OK. I couldn’t let the day go by without seeing how the orchid had changed! Today is the best day by far! The color has deepened to a nicer pink shade, and now you can see inside the flower! I think it is beautiful–obviously! My son told me that I geek wildflowers! He’s right on!
As we walked down the driveway, I got to thinking that if we have these orchids on our property, I’d bet that the neighbors have the same type of environment. So, I started gazing over towards their side of the driveway. You know, the grass always promises to be greener on the other side of the fence, and all. Well…suddenly I did see a bloom on their side! It’s not opened as far as ours yet, but time will bring that beauty out! And now I have another flower to watch! We actually have about 9-11 more growing on our property in the woods, but they are just leaves so far. I read that not all plants make a flower every year, but I hope they all make one here! But I might get more done if they don’t bloom!
Here is the flower on the neighbor’s side!
I know that some of my shots are a tad fuzzy. I am basically just shooting with a poor old IPhone 5! My good camera keeps fuzzing out on me, and so I’m just doing this for my pleasure and memories! But I am happy with every shot that I have of this exquisite specimen of God’s handiwork! The wait has sure been rewarded, even if my family thinks that I have gone off the deep end!
Get outside and enjoy God’s world!