Grieving quietly in the garden
Thursday June 22nd 2023, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Garden,History,Life

Can you hear me, Major Tom

…For here am I sitting in my tin can

Far below the world

Planet earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do…

–With a prayer for the families of the men lost in the Titan. And all those at sea in the Mediterranean.

Somehow, today my philodendron decided to bloom. This is not something it did the first twenty or maybe even thirty years we lived here.

It sent up a bud a week or two ago (see the shriveled yellowing stalk above and just to the left in the second picture) but that one never opened up. This one did, and its spadix (the peeled banana part) leaned out around noon, following the sun, straightening back up again after its rays moved on past.

The site in that link says the fruit is toxic but that the flower part actually does taste rather like a banana.

Cue the Hey Mikey! Life cereal commercial of my youth: I’m not going to try it, YOU try it! Where’s a Mikey when you need one.

And then I planted some seeds. I hadn’t been planning to, but the phrase, To life! just kept demanding it of me. To life. Know the loss, feel the grief, but honor their memory by never stop looking forward.




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It is a sad tale – both of them. There is comfort in knowing that it was over before the Titan crew would have known what was happening, rather than the slow alternative talked of in the media.

Comment by Anne 06.22.23 @ 11:39 pm

That is one funny plant! I would hesitate to eat any part of a plant that has poisonous bits, but it is an intriguing idea.

Comment by ccr in MA 06.23.23 @ 5:48 am

I had no idea philodendrons could make flowers. So amazing.
To life!

Comment by Lisa RR 06.23.23 @ 6:41 pm

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