Before & After

Here is the "before", or rather just the beginning:

Here is the "after", or rather the during, the peaking:

Tagetes lemonii, common name "Mexican Marigold" is non-descript, even rather ratty out of bloom. This particular plant looked horrible in March, when I cut it almost to the ground, leaving a few dry 4" branch stubs to spend the spring and summer growing into a plain, somewhat saggy green globe. Now that November has arrived, it's suddenly a glowing cloud of yellow.

With Maireana Sedifolia in the foreground:

Not every plant can be beautiful all the time. Not every person can be beautiful all the time, or understanding all the time, or thoughtful all the time. But if we are patient, it will happen.


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