This camellia is just beautiful right now! I was lamenting the fact that it is blooming so early and that a freeze or frost might kill the blooms.
Phil said to just enjoy it while it lasts. Stop worrying about what MIGHT happen.
So, I am trying to do that. I have no control over the weather, or how that weather effects our plants. It has been unseasonably warm this February and things are budding out and blooming earlier than I can ever remember.
This camellia is a bush we transplanted from Phil’s Aunt Priscilla’s home after she passed away at 95. We had given her this plant for her 80th birthday (I think) and she had taken special care of it. She fertilized it regularly and pruned errant limbs as needed. When Phil’s family was getting ready to put Aunt Cil’s house on the market, we went to collect some items with special memories for Phil.
Phil decided he wanted the camellia bush, so he got a shovel and began to dig it up. The roots were much deeper that he anticipated and it was quite an effort to finally dig it out. We were not sure that it would make it, if there was enough root still attached to maintain life when transplanted in our yard.
So, we brought the plant 146 miles from Moravian Falls to Dillsboro and took great care in transplanting this camellia. Phil dug a large hole, put in rich, composted soil from the garden, and then planted the camellia, watering it generously.
And, we KEPT watering it. My father took it upon himself to make sure it did not dry out, which would kill what roots were left.
The leaves on the plant gradually dried up and fell off. (For those that don’t know, camellias are an evergreen shrub, they only shed leaves as new leaves push-off the old ones)
Soon, there was only three brown stems where there had once been a lovely, full shrub.
Well, we left it that winter and hoped that maybe new growth would poke out in the spring.
No new leaves.
So, later in June, I decided that I would plant something else in the place of that camellia. I started to dig around the bottom of those dead looking stems and …
There was a new stem starting to poke up from a root next to the old, main stem! I was so excited, I called Phil to come over and see that puny little stem.
We took great care then to water, protect, and nurture that fragile little stem. Now, four years later, it is a vigorous bush with lovely pink blooms as you can see from the above photo.
In Galatians 6:9-10 Paul says this –
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Notice Paul is encouraging the Christians in Galatia to NOT GIVE UP!
We must be careful not to give up on
- our children
- our grandchildren
- our teenagers
- our parents
Paul encourages us that at “just the right time” we will reap the harvest – or see the results.
IF WE DON’T GIVE UP!
God’s time is not our time.
God is God.
I would have missed the blessing of these beautiful blossoms if I had given up on Aunt Cil’s camellia.
We will miss God’s blessing if we give up on those we love and care about.
And, may we do good to everyone.