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Cardinal flower sketch

Why does the cardinal flower not survive the winter when I plant it, yet pop up in random places in my yard?  Supposedly this plant needs water, yet it’s thriving in one of the driest spots in my garden-under a large spruce tree far from my sprinklers.  I went from having 3 plants pop up last year to 7 this year!  I consider them gifts from God who knows how much I love red flowers!  I threw on the bug spray and spent an hour drawing one of them this afternoon.