|A shy pansy shivering in the snow last week.|
Fortunately, daylight was still streaming through the windows upstairs, and I surveyed the aftermath of the storm--not much, just a few limbs down, a piece of siding pulled off a shed, and an empty garbage can blown across the driveway. Relieved that the storm was over, I sat on the couch with my Ipad, but with no internet access and no TV to watch the Bears' game, after awhile I decided the best thing to do was to take a nap. The sudden sound of the football game awoke me some time later as power was restored.
|The only "real" bloom at the moment--a geranium overwintering in the garage.|
It wasn't until later when I opened my Ipad again to search for weather reports and news of the storm that I discovered a nearby small town had been devastated by the tornado. News reports were sketchy, but Facebook posts provided up-to-date information as many of my local friends posted their concerns or confirmed the safety of friends and family; a few even shared photos they were able to take, showing the destruction.
Needless to say, my Bloom Day post was forgotten, and I am certainly not going to complain about something so trivial as lacking blooms today--it is November, after all! I spent the evening watching the local news and keeping up with reports on Facebook. Gifford is a small town about 15 miles from us, but even closer to the town where I grew up and lived for most of my life, and I know many people who live there. It is part of a close-knit community of small farming towns, people who share similar values and a strong work ethic. Even as residents surveyed the damage to their homes with dismay, they gave thanks that no one was seriously injured. Reactions from others have been heartening and a reminder of all that is good about small town living where people are always willing to help their neighbors. Nearby farmers brought in tractors with loaders to help clear the debris. An outpouring of support and offers of help have come from all the surrounding communities. Individuals are organizing donation drives, and some businesses are donating a portion of their sales to the relief effort.
|A surprise bloom from two weeks ago--Cyclamen hederifolium. I had forgotten I planted these! A sweet little bloom rising above the dying shade garden.|
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted the 15th of each month by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.