• Flowers - Gardening

    Lilac Bouquets

    The lilacs are in bloom and I enjoy arranging them in bouquets. My grandmother had lilac bushes and the one in my yard was a shoot that I transplanted. His tenderness in the springing grass, His beauty in the flowers, His living love in the sun above– all here, and…

  • Flowers

    Bright Colors in Albuquerque

    We visited the Botanical Gardens in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   The   viola (or johnny jump ups) were blooming. In the conservatory, a Mediterranean flower exhibit was a vivid mix of bright colors.   Taking a walk through a neighborhood I saw this cross on a door. It is a…

  • Flowers - Herbs

    Daffodils, Crocuses, Flowering Rosemary, Oh My!

    Spring is coming to the southern states. I am enjoying the colors that are brightening the landscape. And I wish rosemary grew as abundantly at my home as it does in New Mexico!      Linking with Friendship Friday,  A Little R & R,  Seasons, Tuesdays with a Twist , the Homemaking…

  • Faith - Gardening

    It’s March and Spring is Coming!

    It is March 1st and spring is coming. The temperatures are still up and down, but I am beginning to have garden thoughts.  I am looking      forward to seeing the blooms from the bulbs I planted last fall. The delight offered by gardens has been expressed over hundreds…

  • Gardening - Uncategorized

    Garden of My Heart

    The spring garden catalogues are filling my mailbox and I enjoy leisurely paging through the offerings.   I am beginning to make     choices for additions to my garden.   God has given us an amazing   variety plants and fruit bearing trees and bushes. Before long tulips and…

  • Berries - Faith

    One Word for the New Year

    The practice of choosing one word  for  the  New Year  has been an    inspiration for me. Last year my word was gracious, and having this word in mind I was more conscious of my conversation and actions. I paused a little more, seeking kind words. I have been thinking…

  • Christmas - Flowers

    A Flower that Survives the Snowstorms

    It is December in Illinois, and throughout our neighborhood there are winter decorations. We have a wreath on our door. My display of angels celebrating the birth of Jesus is in our foyer. We have had two snowstorms and to my surprise the calendula flower has two buds. It may…

  • Faith - Gardening

    Promise of Spring as Winter Approaches

    The mild fall that we have had has allowed me to spend more time in the yard. I have been planting and transplanting and raking leaves. My husband was working also, creating piles of branches. He has a chain saw and after he took down one tree he found lots…