Today is the first Friday of the New Year, which means it is a day the things (80+) which I grow in my urban (NYC) terrace garden, and I, "earmarked" for part of the 2011 year-end-review. As you may recall, this will occur over a number of Friday Follow-Up posts in January, and these posts will cover the brief "highlights" of the "activities" that occurred in my garden last year. What the things which I grow in my garden, and I, did not realize — when we agreed on today's date to begin our review — was that today is also the Feast of the Three Kings. This is an "event" that I wrote about last year on TLLG in a post that you may refer to by clicking here.
However, because I wrote about The Three Kings on TLLG last year (where I included an image similar to the one at the top of today's blog entry), and because I have recently shared information about celebrations regarding this feast day on both nybg's (New York Botanical Gardens) tumblr as well as TLLG's Facebook Page, we have concluded that the Three Kings would not mind sharing the limelight today in regard to the scheduled year-end review.
Be that as it may, the question raised by my Lemon-Lime Cypress triplets — who, given their name, know a thing or two about limelight — and who can be seen in the second image above today's blog entry (more on this later***), was this: while the Three Kings might not mind sharing the limelight with the things that I grow, would the things that I grow be willing to share the limelight with the Three Kings? In particular would my Physocarpus opulifolius (Coppertina) have problems doing this?
As you may recall from a very recent blog entry, my Lemon-Lime Cypress triplets only arrived in my garden this past December 16th, but eleven days later they had to be moved inside my apartment, but, apparently, not before they had heard (from the other things which I grow here) about my Physocarpus opulifolius's need to be in the limelight, and of the importance of him not being disappointed (over a postponed opportunity) again.
And, as you most likely remember, my Physocarpus opulifolius was quite taken aback when he felt that the attention in my garden was not focused enough on him. He made his feelings quite known in a post that he authored this past Cinco de Mayo, soon after he received his new digs (as seen in an image associated with his post and featured below for your convenience).
I can understand my Physocarpus opulifolius's frustration over getting his hopes up when he heard that he was about to be featured — only to have them postponed — as I have had many let downs when it comes to job opportunities.
Moreover, even though he enjoyed having the post he authored published on TLLG, my Physocarpus opulifolius has had a few other disappointments, as he passed his spring, summer and fall days in my urban garden this past year.
For example, he was very excited, in late May, when a visiting Monarch Butterfly landed on one of his flowers, as seen in the image below that was featured on TLLG.
And he was even more excited when I made a mini-movie (virtual story) of this event, then featured it in my Vimeo Library, because he thought he'd be a film star (and I overheard him rehearse an Academy Award acceptance speech).
But, alas, I have not used the movie yet (because I plan to incorporate it into a larger project), and this meant that my Physocarpus opulifolius had to delay his gratification. He was OK with this for a period of time, because I featured the aforementioned image of his flower with the butterfly atop it, as my Gravatar, and as my "About" photo on both this blog, nybg's tumblr, as well as on my Vimeo Channel.
Then, as you may recall, this past November, when I bit the social-media bullet, it was suggested that I use the image of just the flower of my Physocarpus opulifolius, and not include the butterfly (which I did by using the image posted below, and, if you have been following TLLG you will surely recognize).
While my Physocarpus opulifolius was elated that the Monarch Butterfly chose his flower for a landing spot, he was even more elated to be featured without the butterfly in all of my social-media "about pictures," and he "guest blogged" for TLLG again, telling his story.
Unfortunately, my Physocarpus opulifolius would ultimately become disappointed when my logo was changed once again (see below), to what it continues to be, because it reflects more of my brand.
I tried to fill the void by putting containers filled with chard as a sign of hope that things will be planted again as seen in the following image, another image familar to TLLG folowers.