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The Legacy

Posted by
Elaine Hancock (Olney, United States) on 25 January 2012 in Plant & Nature.

My father always had a green thumb which was something I did not inherit. He seemed to make anything grow. After he retired, he had a greenhouse built by his house. He grew all kinds of plants and spent hours taking care of them. When he was 95, he was no longer able to live alone. We had to move him to a retirement home. He has been there almost 3 years. My sister and I had to take care of the house and the greenhouse. Unfortunately, the greenhouse was neglected. Eventually, the gas heater in the greenhouse broke and we decided that it would be easier to just have it torn down. We gave most of the plants away and kept a few. In the corner, there was this overgrown plant in a big plastic pot. The leaves were brown from lack of water I was going to throw it out but decided to take it home. I didn't know what it was. The leaves looked like long grass. I put in by the window in my spare bedroom and watered it. About 4 months after having it at my house I went in last week and this was what I found!

"There are moments when time stands still. You hope it will wait for you."
Dorothea Lange

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Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

That's beautiful!

25 Jan 2012 5:22am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Mervielleuses douces fleurs fines et tendres, ce rouge, quel bouqauet, superbe.
Bravo et amitié

25 Jan 2012 5:59am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Not just any plant - a symbol of renewal perhaps. So many of us have faced the dilemma of how to make sure our parents are ok. No doubt your Dad is being well looked after, which must be very reassuring for you and your sister. Nice shot by the way.

25 Jan 2012 7:36am

Shahriar choobin from Mashhad, Iran


25 Jan 2012 9:01am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

So beautiful, a wonderful legacy that hopefully you are able to show your Dad with this lovely shot

25 Jan 2012 9:20am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The joy of nature fighting back-even if you haven't got green fingers, they will show their glory given half a chance

25 Jan 2012 10:42am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A very beautiful flower it has turened out to be and beautiful symbol of love and hope. Beautifuly done !

25 Jan 2012 10:52am

Sterre from Netherlands

You have also een little bit green thumb.
The flower is beautiful.

25 Jan 2012 11:08am

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

TRès belle photo de cet orchidéee! les couleurs sont belles!!

25 Jan 2012 11:54am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! what a great capture

25 Jan 2012 12:10pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a wonderful tribute to your father Elaine! It appears that you have inherited a bit of his green thumb after all! ;-)

25 Jan 2012 12:57pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Lovely flowers! Well presented! Cheers!

25 Jan 2012 4:30pm

sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Again a beautiful flower shot, great colours and a very nice compo
Good job Elaine!!

25 Jan 2012 6:37pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

These are beautiful flowers and you did a great job with care to them ~ a piece of your father! Beautiful photo!

25 Jan 2012 7:01pm


nice shot :)

25 Jan 2012 7:08pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

.....As if they are saying "A little water and some peace and quiet and I'll be fine" This indeed is a legacy plant and I think the message is loud and clear. A wonderful thing that you decided to keep it and it is now repaying you....This is a beautiful story, Elaine - Just the very kind of thing that Chris Elliott and I have been talking about as to why we both love this blogsite (Aminus 3) so much..AM3 equals MORE than the sum of its' parts..it equals the heart and soul and stories and love of all the "family members" on it...Beautiful Elaine!! PS_ hope your dad is doing well and if you don't mind, I can send this to my sister in Woodland (California) she can most likely identify it in a snap! Regardless, this is wonderful! I think it is a type of orchid but not sure...

25 Jan 2012 7:36pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A legacy indeed! What a great story to share to go along with this great capture! I love the deep red color of these orchids! Here's to the orchids continued survival to keep the legacy alive!

25 Jan 2012 10:43pm

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great capture well done

26 Jan 2012 3:36am