Late Bloomer

5 years ago we planted an artichoke plant. Last year, we came within 30 seconds of ripping it out and throwing it away. It had yet to produce fruit and was taking up  lots of highly valuable real estate in our garden…all show and no substance. As my husband went to rip it out he yelled, “We’ve finally got one!!”

After that discovery last spring we had not just one, but dozens of homegrown, fresh, organic artichokes. So many that we were giving them away! But before the discovery that it is was producing fruit, I gave up. I lost my patience.

I think it was parenting author Jim Stetson who, when asked what the single common thread of the most successful families seemed to be in his experience working with a wide variety families and his answer was so simple: They didn’t give up. Gardening yields a lot of life lessons and the appearance of our new crop of artichokes is a great reminder that we must be patient with our families, friends, children and ourselves.

 

  • Bethany

    Love these thoughts, Tex. Leo The Late Bloomer is one of my favorite children’s books. I need to remind myself that all good things take time. Step by step. Day by day. Thank you.

    • Kellie “Red”

      Love this post too Tex! Do artichokes normally take a long time to bloom? I myself was quite late bloomer in the growing department ;-) I frequently share with other parents of shorter children that going into my freshman year of high school, I was 5 feet tall. Two years later, I was 5/9”! And my father (6’2”), had been telling me for year that I was going to be tall. I bloomed so late it was I lost patience with myself!

  • http://twitter.com/craftygrdenmama Becky Elmuccio

    Congrats on having it come through! We haven’t done artichokes in our garden yet.

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    Love this post too Tex! Do artichokes normally take a long time to bloom? I myself was quite late bloomer in the growing department ;-) I frequently share with other parents of shorter children that going into my freshman year of high school, I was 5 feet tall. Two years later, I was 5/9”! And my father (6’2”), had been telling me for year that I was going to be tall. I bloomed so late it was I lost patience with myself!

    • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

      I have a hard time imagining that we were ever the same height :-)

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    And i would also like to share that it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to leave a comment on this post! Argh! I need to have patience that we will all bloom under Disqus, haha!

    • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

      I am not getting comments emailed to me.

  • Kat0427

    I am just totally impressed that you are growing artichokes…And this is a great reflection :)


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