Be like a coneflower
The purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, is one of my favorites. There are the obvious reasons: drought tolerant, deer resistant, attracts goldfinches.
But the thing I love most is how each flower eventually lays its center bare to the sky, throws its petal arms toward the earth, and appears to surrender.
In the worst possible conditions, the blooms thrive. They grow side-by-side and find their strength in numbers. They give back—seeds for birds and nectar for bees. When it’s windy, they support each other. When they’re transplanted they adapt well. They return every year, a reliable companion.
Meet my friends, the coneflowers, in a quick little watercolor sketch.