She dreamed the impossible dream.
She fought the impossible fight.
I felt such unbearable sorrow
In the spring of 2015, my spouse and I decided to try the impossible - to grow a camilla in upstate New York. Camillas are southern plants which bloom with beautiful rose like blooms. And they are not hardy in our zone 5b back yard.
But since when did the impossible stop a gardener?
We went to Chapel Hill in North Carolina, to a nursery we had found out about on the Internet. They specialize in camillas, and are trying to grow "hardy" camillas. I have seen camillas in New York City but we are not in the same climate zone. Even the most hardy camilla in Chapel Hill is only rated to zone 6a.
But we couldn't resist and bought an April Rose plant.
In 2015, the buds were already opening, and it bloomed.
Last year, it had buds, but something ate most of the buds. And then, no new buds grew for the 2017 blooming season. It was a fail. Or so we thought. I didn't stop dreaming.
Apparently, neither did April Rose.
Because, on May 7, we saw this.
And we immediately erected a fence so the lone bloom wouldn't be eaten..
I took these pictures after a hailstorm, on May 14.
This picture is from yesterday, as April Rose blooms with her one bloom.
April Rose has done the impossible again.
Even plants, it would seem, can dream.