A rain splashed blessing, unexpected, given up on in fact.This Carolina jessamine, now adored with several yellow blooms, was planted last Spring in hopes that it would grow rapidly and soften the top of a privacy fence once sheltered by an overhanging canopy of dogwood, sassafras, sweetgum, and magnolia trees. (I wrote about the loss of those trees here.)
Several months ago I noticed that the jessamine was turning brown, the sad result of an overzealous application of Round-Up by our neighbor on the other side of the fence. All of my grief and anger from the loss of those trees flared up again.
This afternoon I walked out in the drizzle after work, making my daily round through the garden to see the changes another day had brought. And there they were - cheery yellow blooms atop the fence, only a few, but giving me hope for an abundance of blooms in years to come.