Blooming Despite the Odds

You’ve heard the expression, “Bloom where you’re planted”. I can’t think of a better example of blooming despite the odds than the little petunia seed which fell from my hanging planter last summer and popped up this spring growing as if it was always meant to be there. It defied winter temperatures, lack of care and the inhospitable environment of fence dirt.

bloom where you're planted

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If nature can bloom where planted, why can’t we? I think I know the answer.

Nature never asks itself, “Can I do this?” or “What will people think?” Or “Perhaps this isn’t where I’m supposed to be.”

Nature doesn’t over think the situation, it just keeps moving forward. Sprouting, growing and blooming.

Here are the odds of my little petunia seed blooming in the spring:

Petunia Cold Tolerance. Petunias prefer nighttime temperatures between 57 and 65 F. (14-16 C.) and daytime temps between 61 and 75 F. (16 to 18 C.). However, petunias usually tolerate temperatures as low as 39 F. (4 C.) with no problem, but they are definitely not plants that will survive the winter in most climates.

This petunia seed defied the odds because in Colorado this past winter temps dropped to -10 and spring is, well let’s just say sporadic. We had 6″ of snow in late May.

The next time you’re over thinking why you can’t do something or if you should even start, remember the petunia. Bloom anyway, anywhere you darn well please.

Footnote: I was so impressed by this little petunia, I wanted to reward it by planting it somewhere it could thrive even better. After I prepared a pot with potting soil, I tried to extricate the petunia from the rock hard soil it was sprouting from. Unfortunately I was only able to get a fraction of it’s root system to come up. I replanted it without much hope and indeed it struggled the first week or so. But now it’s blooming away, much fuller, greener and full of healthy flowers. What a survivor! So bloom where you’re planted. You may be surprised how well you thrive.






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