Without sounding too pollyanna, I want to focus on the gifts we receive everyday that we often take for granted. Mostly, we think of blessings like good health, a job we love, and a loving family as worthy of praise. Stories of unexpected large sums of money given to people in need or stories of people who risk their lives to save others deservedly make the news.
But this post is about more subtle thoughtfulness such as when another car allows you to pull out in front of them or when a stranger smiles even when they’re busy or tired. These gifts can easily be passed along to someone else.
Or we can just enjoy a rainy day if we live in an arid area or a sunny day if your home is in a frequent rain area.
In San Angelo a few weeks ago, I noticed pots and planters filled with plants in front of an antique mall. There were lots of potato vines. This one also has a Passion flower and maybe a small Turk’s Cap.
What I appreciated was all the work involved in providing an attractive entry way and all along the side of the building. I know it requires lots of time to keep pots watered in the extreme heat of West Texas. Creating a pretty space for others to enjoy is a definitely a gift.
Also, I appreciated the artful placement of accessories among the plants. Sweet Potato Vines (Ipomoea batatas) come in shades of chartreuse or purple. Either color in a large grouping makes a big impact.
A Mother-of-Thousands (Bryophyllum daigremontianum) plant sits on the left of the bench. It is so named because along the edge of each leaf is a row of plantlets that will drop and take root. It is also known as Devil’s backbone, Alligator Plant or Mexican Hat Plant. A succulent native to Madagascar, be wary of planting it where you don’t want it to spread.
To the right of that is African Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens Orange), a heat loving plant.
“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer