The Garden

“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ This is my garden. Well, part of it. It’s been a work in progress for over 20 years. I plan. I plant. I dig up. I replant. I weed. I trim, prune,Continue reading “The Garden”

Ignition Factor

“A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:21‬ ‭ See this pretty plant smothered with pink flowers? Yeah. That one. It’s called a gas plant. (No, I’m not making this up.) The flowers contain some sort of oil that on hot days can be encouraged toContinue reading “Ignition Factor”

Sealed

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:13‬ This plant is a beautiful wildflower called Solomon’s Seal; it is native to this area. It likes a woodland settingContinue reading “Sealed”

Jacob’s Ladder

“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up toContinue reading “Jacob’s Ladder”

Cup of Blessing

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:5‬ ‭ See my cup of blessing? (Well, technically it is a peony, but I’m sure you will humour me a little.) I wrote about this beauty a few weeks ago. I shared how amazingly fast this plant growsContinue reading “Cup of Blessing”

Stay Under Cover

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭ My double flowering almond is really outdoing itself this spring. It’s positively smothered with pink blossoms. (Well, on that one branch, itContinue reading “Stay Under Cover”

Risk of Frost

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:35‬ ‭ The Saskatoons are blooming! Which means, of course, a risk of frost. (If you aren’t familiar withContinue reading “Risk of Frost”

Ready, Set, Grow!

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ This lovely specimen pictured here is a peony. It is the first of its kind to poke out of theContinue reading “Ready, Set, Grow!”

Faux Finish

“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ I love terra cotta pots. I love uniquely shaped pots – like urns, bowls, troughs – anything that looks interesting, I wanna put a plant in.Continue reading “Faux Finish”

Back to Life

“The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?”‭‭Luke‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭ It’s finally happened. The annual spring sing-a-thon. It only happens, you see, when the frogs come back to life. Okay, so they weren’t technically dead.Continue reading “Back to Life”