Mother Nature’s Surprises on Mother’s Day

Dear Reader:

Yesterday morning, Sunday May 12, Mother’s Day, I awoke to the long-awaited sound and luscious fresh smell of rain! I immediately texted my neighbor Vickie and got an instant reply…“Best gift ever for Mother’s Day…Doesn’t it smell so good?” *It did!

We have needed rain desperately lately…Yet we seem to miss so many potential weather fronts that promise rain but either fizzle out or turn in another direction before dropping some much needed rain on Summerville.

I had all my windows open and the early morning rain storm had me grabbing pinkie, my robe, once again (as a gentle breeze swept into the house) ….wrapped in only what I can call complete satisfaction and happiness!

In between the first and second showers I walked out in the garden and there was my first morning glory of the season, a little droopy from the rain, but still beautiful and so welcomed back for another season.




Late in the afternoon the rains returned….sealing the day with my utmost gratitude.

When I came back in the house… Google popped up with a popular article called “Top Lily Varieties to Grace Your Garden from Tall to Small” (By Jamie Mcintosh)....the lily is the most popular flower gift of all on Mother’s Day…with a description and picture of all the different kinds.

I started scrolling down…and there it was …the answer to the type of lilies growing in my garden. What a wonderful surprise!

(*My lilies were so happy to get rain yesterday…they seemed to be smiling when I took this picture about 7:30 yesterday morning.)

(The Spruce: 14 Stunning Varieties of Lilies)  

“The intensely colored flowers of Asiastic Lily Matrix are mesmerizing. With a high bud count of up to seven flowers per stem, you only need a few bulbs to create a focal point in the early summer landscape. The petite 20-inch stalks of Matrix lilies are just right for any garden…even container gardens.”


*So now every time I look at these lilies I will think of that cute actor Keanu Reeves (who starred in the movie series- The Matrix)…*He was actually on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.



Today I wanted to pause and send a special thank-you to three fantastic mothers of children who grew up to marry my children and bring love into their lives and mine. What great mothers you all were and what a fantastic job you did! I adore my son-in-law John, daughter-in-law Mollie, and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn! Three special gifts that keep on giving and making my life so much brighter.

Susan Swicegood                  Marcia Temple              Joan Turner


Before this wonderful Mother’s Day was over the first hydrangea blooms popped in the garden…flowers emerged in the strangest places…mixed in with the confederate jasmine and/or along a fence…everyone was “putting on the ritz!”

I still have the mystery of a tall grass in the garden that produces this pale yellow bloom with three brown spots on it????? *All my orange flowers keep blooming…making me so happy!

So until tomorrow…Mother Nature decided to make all of us garden mom’s happy yesterday with rain, sun, and surprises! Thank you for the gifts!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

Late yesterday afternoon I placed my Garden Butterfly decoration (the Turner family gave me) right in front of Jakie’s Japanese Maple. I love it everyone!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Mother Nature’s Surprises on Mother’s Day

  1. Jean Kay says:

    Just something about flowers that make me happy as well!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      So nice to hear from you Jean Kay! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day also! Every time I see a flower I think of Archibald Rutledge’s idea of “Life’s Extras”….all the special “extras” God gave us in this world that we didn’t need to survive with…but He just wanted to give us these gifts for our pleasure!


  2. bcparkison says:

    Your morning glory gives me hope that mine will bloom. While the seeds did sprout some of the plants are taking their time growing. Maybe it is because we have been so wet. We are ‘over flowing” but finelly,for today and maybe tomorrow, we are dry. Thank you Lord! .Sometimes we are are so hard to please. When its wet we want dry and when its dry we want wet. Right now we can’t even mow and the weeds are knee deep. But….today the sun is shining and company is coming in tonight for a quick over night visit.I’ll finish my cleaning and then crash after they leave.


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