The Gardener Must Prune

Hydrangea ArborescensHave you been smitten by the Hydrangea-Love that seems to be overtaking many gardeners? I know I have, but living here in a cold hilly pocket close to Wisconsin lakes, it takes a gamble to risk most varieties. I wrote about my sweet neighbor and the hydrangeas in her Secret Garden here,and the summer that … Continue reading The Gardener Must Prune

We Are God’s Garden

 Another corner of my garden--God's Garden--where He asks me to sit awhileAnd listen I've been pondering the pictures that my Counselor painted for me last week.  It was a word picture to help explain why my stamina has gone into hiding: What if I could picture my energy and stamina as being contained in one … Continue reading We Are God’s Garden

Remnants

Awakening   --by Joy Lenton,  from her book,  Seeking Solace   In the quiet morning hour I press my ear to earth And listen with intent,   Because in the stillness I can hear soft breath Of Holy Spirit sighs   Awakening all around And as the world stirs It heeds the call to arise, … Continue reading Remnants

The Garden That Was

Last week my husband helped to transplant this clematis before it could succumb to the shovel of the Landscapers tearing out its old home. And so, the clematis has moved again. Yes, this is the same clematis, from  this post.   I had told the story about the unhealthy rose roots that had to be … Continue reading The Garden That Was

Hydrangeas and Amarylis

It's the wrong time of year for a Christmas Amaryllis And it's the wrong time of year for a Christmas JOY ornament But God knows when HIS SEASONS are ripe for Harvest.   My friend (thank you, Mary) gave me this Christmas Amaryllis Bulb several years ago.  I followed her instructions, but no bloom stalk … Continue reading Hydrangeas and Amarylis

The Walls of Winter

  "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." --Albert Camus    Standing outside, feeling the sun warm my winter-weary soul today, I almost cried as I tasted the air of spring on my tongue.    What does winter taste like?  I never realized that I would … Continue reading The Walls of Winter

Still Small Voice of Peace

  "I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people."— Psalm 85:8.    There is a voice, " a still, small voice " of love..                                             Heard from above; But not amidst the din of earthly sounds,                                            Which here confounds; By those withdrawn apart it best … Continue reading Still Small Voice of Peace

The New Clematis

So. This Clematis. It's the Wallpaper on my Desktop every day.  It's there to remind me of something important that I think I can too easily forget:  God is more interested in helping me to change than I realize.   It actually all began with a rosebush.  A really pretty, but a really unhealthy rosebush.  … Continue reading The New Clematis