Saving Seeds with Hope

Autumn leaves

The leaves are falling. Red gold and bronze. I have been raking the leaves, thankful for the outdoor activity.

My miniature rose bush has surprised me, continuing to bloom even though we have had some nights of frost. The bright red blooms bring joy.

The garden has been put to bed, but I am looking forward to next year. I have saved seeds from some squash plants and calendula flowers.

My neighbor gave me an Italian basil plant. It grew slowly and I decided to bring it inside, placing it in a southern facing window. I am hoping to gather some seeds from it for next year—and perhaps the plant will survive through the winter.

A couple  of English lavender plants did well (planted from seed). I left one outside for the winter and brought one inside. It has charmed me with flowers.

I am so thankful for the order, beauty and diversity of God’s creation. Despite human chaos, the seasons continue. We can trust God’s word. He is faithful and knows the future. We continue day by day with faith. 

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1: 1-3

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By Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.


  1. Beautiful pictures! It’s great to hear your plans too. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from the Tuesdays with a Twist linkup today. Have a great week Carol!

    1. Marielle, I’m glad to meet you and your family of Littles. The little people in my life are grandchildren–four of them spending a home school day at my home yesterday. Blessings to you and your family!

  2. Beautiful photos! I always save seeds from the basil I grow each summer and they do well and grow nicely the next spring. I dry the lavender buds and use them for baking and in sachets. Nature’s gifts!

  3. Carol, I love God’s creations. Thank you for sharing. I brought my Rio inside to see if it would make it through the winter, so far so good, it still has blooms. Visit from FMF #11

  4. I know i should be tidying my garden for winter but my roses still keep growing new buds so I feel I cannot. I love the circle of the seasons.

  5. Good luck with all the seeds and clipping – especially the basil. I can’t seem to keep that plant alive.

    Amie, FMF #20

  6. We have a rose bush still producing roses–even after two inches of snow! Your plants are beautiful. I love looking to nature, God’s second book, for comfort and peace.

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