Tough love works

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I have had this agapanthus (African Lily) plant in the same pot for about fifteen years. I never feed it. I rarely water it. And every year it puts on a show, content with the neglect, giving me more flowers every time.

I like the way the flowers emerge, stretching out after being crammed in their papery buds.

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And then there they are, more buds! As if they are teasing, withholding their beauty for one more moment.

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Finally, one flower opens, china blue, like the sky on a sunny day (I dimly remember those!)

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And, when the flowers are done, fat black seeds hang encased in silvery pods, happy to self seed without my having to lift a finger.

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But, I wonder if you can guess the biggest reason for liking my faithful pot of African Lilies:

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8 thoughts on “Tough love works

  1. Beautiful shots! I adore agapanthas – they’re lovely flowers, and yes, very hardy!

    Particularly like the shot of the opening bud. Great detail on that one.

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