I was outside tonight watering & our small patch of pale pink Japanese Windflower (Anemone x hybrida) have suddenly appeared in the garden under the Hawthorn tree. I've had a difficult couple of days at work, with the news from my Japanese colleagues almost too much to bear. So much loss & sadness, combined with the logistical challenges of keeping our global manufacturing business running out of Japan at this time.
The flowers were waving softly in the evening breeze & I remembered how we never tend this little patch, yet each year they pop their strong heads up amongst all the other hardier, taller & well cared for plants, claiming their rightful front row spot. I was feeling worried & anxious.....about decisions that need to be made, formulating communication releases to our clients in my head & many other things. Watching these fragile flowers bend precariously in the breeze, only to bob up again on their strong & upright stems, made me think how my dear colleagues will endure the days & weeks ahead. With strength & a steadfast resolve to see this greatest of tests through.....just as the anenomes in my quiet country garden in the Adelaide Hills do each Autumn. These resilient little plants couldn't have picked a more opportune moment to appear today, & maybe, just maybe it wasn't a coincidence.