The Straggler

posted by Sharon August 12, 2014 23 Comments
agapanthus

Do you have stragglers in your garden? I’ve noticed this one agapanthus bravely blooming out front. Most of these burst open in late May and finished a few weeks later. This one stands alone against a tree trunk, just as lovely as all those making up the bunches of purple a few months ago.

You see the same delicate design, the same rich color.

When I tromp down the walk each day, I feel like cheering on this garden straggler. It’s still opening, still decorating the yard. All alone, just being itself, better late than never.

A song by Colbie Caillat called “Try” talks about standing up on your own, being who you really are:

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing.

Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

Just think what a difference one person — and one bloom — can make in the world!

How about you? Do you ever feel like you’re late? Like you don’t measure up to others? Like you don’t fit in? I’ve been there. The last verse of “Try” may give you a little boost:

Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror at yourself
Don’t you like you?
Cause I like you.

Here’s the song. Check it out and be inspired!

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The first photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Shine. Also linking up with the return of Song-ography, where the theme this week is “Try” by Colbie Caillat.

 

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23 Comments

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Evelyn in Oregon August 12, 2014 at 5:13 am

I’ve never seen agapanthus IRL…but I have a rubber stamp of one! This color is so beautiful.

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prairiejill August 12, 2014 at 5:32 am

Oh, how beautiful! So delicate.

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elizabethfstewart August 12, 2014 at 5:46 am

What a beautiful post! Love that one lone straggler!

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Mascha August 12, 2014 at 5:54 am

Beautiful pictures! I have stagglers in pots, our german winters are to cold for them… We call them Blue Lily.

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Uwe / "you-wee" August 12, 2014 at 7:28 am

A late Agapanthus in the same color like yours is still blooming in front of my garage as well… πŸ™‚

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Lorik August 12, 2014 at 7:47 am

Beautiful display of colour and life:)

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dalettre August 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

Well it sure is lovely! Better late than never. πŸ™‚

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Tamar August 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

Wow, what a take on the song! So pretty and a great lesson for us all!

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janicead August 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Lovely sentiment for the song from the heart of a gardener!

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Carolyn August 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Love the flower, the song, and the way you tied them both together! Somehow, being 64 makes it easier to just “get up” and to take a make-up “holiday”! Also calls to mind, “Consider the lillies of the field, they toil not, neither do they spin…” πŸ™‚

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Pat August 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

All the more beautiful in its individuality.

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Sheila August 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Lovely post and images!

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kim August 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

I love those flowers and I love uniqueness in people!

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Felicia August 13, 2014 at 3:06 am

It is very beautiful.

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Kathy August 13, 2014 at 3:53 am

Brilliant and creative interpretation and photography. Thanks for joining on at Song-ography!

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Earl August 13, 2014 at 4:44 am

Wonderful. The magnificent detail in each little blossom. Nicely done.

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g2-b3ae899ca7f9433e3c6b60f4f95f19bc August 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

Agapanthus! yes!!!!!! we hve them here too, they are classed as a weed because they self seed everywhere but they are very pretty.

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Pieni Lintu August 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

So pretty flower!

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Buckeroomama August 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Such a lovely shade of purple!

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Roxi August 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

This is awesome! I love late bloomers. I planted an agapanthus this year for the first time. I was surprised how long they lasted. I had a late poppy this year. Great shots!

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Jade @ Tasting Grace August 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

I have tons of stragglers–probably because my garden is mostly weeds. I should fix that…but most of the time I kind of like the weeds too. I’m weird that way, I guess! πŸ™‚

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Barbara August 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Beautiful! Nature is amazing…

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Thoughts from the Desktop August 20, 2014 at 7:30 am

Love your words and thoughts love the song…

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