Saturday, August 15, 2009

On This August Occasion, Let Us Celebrate ...

For blooms can be found on my corner of Katy despite painfully hot and dry weather. It's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and this month I've decided to spotlight one special plant.

11 months ago, Hurricane Ike tore through the Houston area and left a wake of destruction in its path. My Bauhinia galpinii was one of the plants most affected by the high winds. She was a pitiful sight indeed right after the storm, as you see in this picture. I remember all too well my despair at the first sight of her ... I wondered if she would ever return to her former glory.


The answer to that question is in the picture below. Just look at her now! Even my highest hopes have been exceeded and I've decided I should call her Tina because she survived the worst Ike could throw at her and came out better than ever.


Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Garden for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Visit MDG for links to other garden blogs and see what's blooming in gardens around the world.

9 comments:

Cypresslily said...

Wow..what a beauty. I need one of those in my Cypress backyard.

Caroline said...

Love your Miss Tina! What a great comeback.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Amazing! She just looks like she had a gentle pruning.~~Dee

Pam/Digging said...

Well, yes! She's fabulous. Tina will be a good name for her.

Meadowview Thymes said...

That is beautiful! What great and inspiring pictures Cindy!

EAL said...

Gorgeous. Of course I have never heard of this plant before and am totally sure I could never grow it, but congratulations on such a beautiful comeback.

Gail said...

She's a beauty Cindy and Tina is a perfect name. gail

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Oh, what a beautiful bush...I LOVE the blooms on her, and it's wonderful that she survived and thrived! I don't know if I've ever visited your blog before, but it's really lovely! I hope you guys will be getting the rain you all need so desperately! I heard that 'some' may be coming by...but is it enough??!

Annie in Austin said...

Thanks for this celebratory post, Cindy - almost glad I saw your bauhinia story a little late... it gives me hope there will be some recovery in Austin eventually, too!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose