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 of years. I have collected some quotes.

The first garden was described in the Book of Genesis.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.               Genesis 2:15

Gardens bring us in contact with nature, created by God.

When I go into my garden . . .  All the cares, perplexities, and griefs of   existence, all of the burdens of life slip from my shoulders and leave me with the heart of a little child that asks nothing beyond its present     moment of innocent bliss.   Celia Thaxter (1835 – 1894)

We still have snow on the ground. Yet, new life is stirring and will soon appear.

Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid a million buds but stay their blossoming; and trustful birds have built their nests amid the shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing till one soft shower from the south shall bid, and hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring.                      Robert Bridges (1845 – 1931)

My daughter and I enjoyed reading The Secret Garden by Francis       Burnett ( 1849 – 1924). Here is a quote from the book.

They had come upon a whole clump of crocuses burst into purple and gold.  Mary bent her face down and kissed them.  “You never kiss a      person that way,” she said when she lifted her head.  “Flowers are so   different.”

spring crocus
photo courtesy of pixabay

Jesus mentioned flowers during the Sermon on the Mount.

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.                      Matthew 6: 28b-29

lilies

I like to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, thru which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.                                                         George Washington Carver (1860 – 1943)

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Garden of My Heart

Garden of My Heart
Peony

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 lilies will begin to poke through the soil in my flower bed. When the warm weather comes, lilacs and peonies will add a sweet scent to the air.

Blue Lilac

Currants will be the first berries to ripen, closely followed by strawberries and raspberries.   The tart red currants and the abundant raspberries provide an afternoon of delight for the grandchildren. The littlest ones have asked in the middle of winter, “Do you have raspberries in your yard?” The hope expressed on their faces makes me smile.

Red Raspberries

This little poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took my thoughts in a new direction.   What if I thought of relationships in terms of a     garden?

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of your garden and
Keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds.

Garden of My Heart

 
This poem expands the meaning of fruitful, my word for 2016.

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Gardens of Hope

Phlox

During the past week I returned to Detroit. (The first 12 years of my life I lived in Detroit.) I was shocked to drive though a community with abandoned and burned out houses. And yet there is hope and a passion for life here.

I visited Brightmoor and I was treated to a walking tour of the community gardens. Amid abandoned homes the gardens are a vibrant sign of hope. As I talked with people that work on the gardens, I learned a little more. I tasted the salad herb, purslane, and ground cherries.

One family was putting in a rain garden in their front yard. The plants and flowers have deep roots that can absorb a lot of water from saturated soil, preventing overflow in the sewage system. The people of Brightmoor are enthusiastic about protecting and restoring the neighborhood. Perseverence. Passion. Hope.

I had much to think about on my way home. It was a nice break in driving to  stop at a farm market. I bought some blueberries, peaches and tomatoes. (Michigan is a great place to get blueberries!)

At home I have flowers, berry bushes, herbs and a few vegetables—and weeds. We have had a lot of rain this year which has been great for my plants and also for the weeds. When I go out to work on my garden patches I lose track of time. As I work I have time to sort out my thoughts. I have been thinking about gardens.

We have a deep place in our heart that receives refreshment from a garden. God has created us that way.

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. Genesis 2: 8 -9a

Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still enjoy the refreshment of one. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Take a walk at a botanical garden. It provides a great opportunity to learn about plants. When I visit a city on vacation I look for their botanical garden. Chicago, Phoenix AZ and Albuquerque NM have wonderful gardens.
  2. Spend a morning at a local farmer’s market, seeing all the produce. Sometimes they have flowers, too. Talk with the farmers. You never know what you might learn.
  3. Plan a garden for next year.

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