It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Despite living in a subtropical climate here on the east coast, mornings are chilly. Traditionally a less colourful season, winter in my tiny garden has its bright spots.
Among these is my zygocacti (Schlumbergera). I discovered these pretty succulents ‘originated in the mountains of Brazil where where they grow as epiphytes in trees’ (ref). Renowned for their bright, prolific blooms, they’re the epitome of potted happiness in my tiny garden when many of my plants are deep in slumber preparing for their spring debuts.
Another is my String of Pearls, a succulent native to dry areas of the eastern Cape of South Africa (ref). Nowhere near as showy as the zygos, the String of Pearls’ flowers are so tiny they could easily be missed, but that would be a shame. The delicacy of the coronet-shaped flower is a marvel and they even have a perfume.
Originally I acquired this interesting little succulent for its unusual spherical shaped leaves, truly just like a ‘string of pearls’. The flowers are a bonus.
Bright spots can be found even in dark times. Some are shouty and in your face, therefore easily spotted, for which we’re all grateful. Others quietly go about their business with minimal flamboyance or fuss. You have to look for them, and you have to expect to find them. There’s something in that discovery that makes them even more precious.
Once again, I take lessons from my tiny garden and apply them to my life in these turbulent times. Like the String of Pearls’ flower, it’s such a small thing but it reassures me and offers hope.
Sometimes I need to look closely, to peer intently through the dark, to find extraordinary beauty in my life.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.Wayne Dyer
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.Mother Teresa