Three months ago, to the day (June 2nd 2012), here on TLLG’s tumblr pages, I wrote about how the Thymus Serpyllum (Creeping Thyme) was “talking” about the fact that a “lone” Oxalis “shamrock” had suddenly appeared in his container, equating the experience with the ol’ “waiter there’s a fly in my soup” routine!
Since that day, my sweet Thymus Serpyllum has died, succumbing to the effects of this past summer’s horrendous heat wave as discussed on TLLG’s Blogger pages, and leaving a gaping hole in my heart, as well as in the awesome container in which it once lived; a container that is beautiful to look at but quite hard to grow something in, as you might surmise upon seeing the first image posted with this entry (a photograph which is from 2009).
“My” Thymus Serpyllum was not the first plant to make its home in this unusually shaped container. When I first got it, I grew a “purple shamrock” variety of Oxalis in it as seen in the second image with this posting (which was taken somewhere between 2005 and 2008 in my urban — New York City — terrace garden).
However, even though I winterized my garden thoroughly (for details click here), this was one of the containers I feared would crack; so I brought it inside, figuring the Oxalis would survive in my indoor succulent garden.
Unfortunately, the Oxalis did not survive the adjustment from outdoor life to indoor life, and the following growing season I planted my Thymus Serpyllum in the container, but left it outside during the winter (since my winterizing methods had proved successful for the things I grow as well as for the containers they live in)!
In any event, with my “methods of winter protection,” my Thymus Serpyllum survived a few winters and its container did not crack, but this year, it was the summer weather, that brought my Thymus Serpyllum’s life to an end; leaving, as I said at the onset of this entry, a gaping hole in my heart and in the container she lived in during her life in my garden!
During ”my” Thymus Serpyllum’s life here, she provided much inspiration for many a photo-op, including ones where she was willing to have a “mod” look “for the sake of art,” as evidenced in the third image accompanying this entry.
It was hard to see my Thymus Serpyllum die (even though Juan V consoled me by planting a Hens and Chicks succulent in what had been her home) this past summer. However, my Thymus Serpyllum did not die alone!
My Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox), Coral Bell Heuchera, and my beloved Japanese Larch (who was the newest kid on the block in my garden, having only arrived in the spring of 2011, when she immediately reminded me of something that I’d always known, “there is no billboard as lovely as a tree”), were also casualties of the “lazy, hazy crazy” days of summer!
Having things that I grow in my garden die always leaves a hole in my heart, but nature does what she can to remind me that she has not forgotten my loss, and the “fate” of my “awesome” container’s inhabitants was no exception!
Evidently some seeds from my “purple shamrock” Oxalis were still “hidden” in the container where Juan V planted Hens and Chicks, for the Oxalis is now thriving in the container with my Hens and Chicks, as evidenced in the fourth image posted with this entry!
Life and death in a garden has taught me so much about “real life” and reinforced what I have always known (thanks to having a wonderful grandfather and grandmother) which is that “The very old, they are miracles like the just born, close to the end is precious like close to the beginning.”
The quote is from a play (“I’m Not Rappaport”) by the late Herb Gardener, and it is the slogan for a campaign I’ve launched on indiegogo, where I’m embarking on a project to raise awareness about the value of the elderly and physically challenged folks in our midst.
I will be doing this through Virtual Stories (garden themed movies) that I have been successful at creating; many of them can be viewed in my Vimeo Library.
“I feel in my heart that through the videos I create, I can combine my passions and make a difference in the quality of the lives of the elderly, particularly those who may no longer have many loved ones around them.”
“Viewing my stories, especially in groups that would encourage discussion in conjunction with accompanying books (created by me) can take them back in their own history, open up memories, exercise their minds, and allow them to connect with others on a deeply spiritual level — all sparked by my narrator, the ephemeral Kiwi Vine, who made his debut appearance in “The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame … Almost.” (Unlike other plants that undergo rigorous winterizing methods, The Kiwi Vine thrives year round in its natural state, making it an excellent narrator for the garden.)”
“With an imaginative combination of animation, music, voiceover, and photography, as well as charming storylines, my unique videos have a broad appeal, as evidenced by my growing following on Facebook, Pinterest, flickr, tumblr and my blog, The Last Leaf Gardener. The videos are not only visually pleasing, but also offer unique insights into life in the garden and gardening.”
“I am also currently creating a series of books to accompany each video in this series, allowing users to engage in a truly interactive viewing experience.”
Because, as of today, we have already reached the second of September, and back to school activities have begun for some, and will begin soon for others, I am posting my “indie” endeavor here on tumblr; as my project is in the interest of learning, and “the lesson” is being mindful about the value of others.
Moreover, I, now, as of September 2nd 2012, have only forty-eight days to promote my Campaign on indiegogo as my end date on that particular venue is October 19, 2012.
If anyone out there in cyber-land knows of someone or some organization who might be interested in helping advance my endeavor, please let me know.