Evidently he thought he was not as appreciated in the same way that my Tulipa (Tulips) and Paeonia suffruiticosa (Tree Peony) are.
Apparently my Physocarpus opulifolius’s feelings of being under appreciated were due to the fact that I have written a number of blog posts about the Tulipa and Paeonia suffruiticosa, which grow in my rooftop garden, and I have also allowed both of them to write their own blog entries.
It seems my Physocarpus opulifolius was feeling neglected for not having been chosen to be a part of these collections.
In any event, you may recall that when my Physocarpus opulifolius expressed his thoughts in his blog entry he looked like this:
My H.F. Young Clematis did give birth a week and a day after my Physocarpus opulifolius posted his observation, and these arrivals can be seen in the photograph (posted below) taken the day they came to life.
“What about featuring me? After all, with my coppery–orange foliage, I provide a beautiful contrast (if I do say so myself) to the H.F. Young Clematis whose leaves you can see to my left in the photograph posted above this blog entry, and if you look closely, you might even see the many, many buds that are about to burst into gorgeous purple flowers, which of course, The Last Leaf Gardener blogged about last year without mentioning my name.”
He was teasing, but I could have felt slighted too, since I was the first of those grandchildren. Moreover, I was born on his wedding anniversary, but that fact still did not give me a position of honor. Nor should it have, I suppose, but as a child, a position of honor is something I wanted.
Now, however, it’s nice to know my grandfather loved all his grandchildren in their own way, as you, my sweet Physocarpus opulifolius, you and all my other herbs, vines, plants, trees, and shrubs, are loved by me, (and perhaps my grandfather taught me to love all things equally). Therefore, Mr. Physocarpus opulifolius, all I can say to you “l;is hang tight, I have other ideas for how to feature you” — and I’ll tell you about those before I finish today’s blog posting.
But, just as the father said to the elder son when consoling him, “Thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It is good that we should make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost and now is found.” I say to you, dear Physocarpus opulifolius, you are always with me throughout the seasons, but together we rejoice when our friends the Tulipias and Ms. Paeonia suffruiticosa come to stay with us in my terrace garden, even it is only for part of the dreary month of April and part of the “merry, merry month” of May.