Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Friendship's Garden

When I first started flower gardening, I wanted to make my beds entirely of
"pass~along" plants; plants that had been given to me by friends.
My garden wasn't growing in variety, so I have bought many,
but there are several that are from friends.
Come join me, won't you, as we take a turn around my
Friendship Garden.
Near the front door is this purple Rhododendron that is usually
in full bloom by Mother's Day.
As you can see, she is just now showing us her
lovely purple-hued blooms.

Red and Orange are not my favorite colors
but here is a first bloom of a Chinese Red Oriental Poppy
that persists on growing, quite healthilyI might add, despite
repeated attempts at eradication!
(pass-along plant)
Sweet purple Granny's Bonnets being modeled on
willowy stems above common geranium, Lillie's, rosemary, delphinium
and Oops! weeds!
(pass-along plant ~ the Granny's Bonnets not the weeds!)

Stately purple Iris set before a tower of Golden Hops.
(Pass-along plant from my first pastor
Rev. Wesley Gain, now with the Lord)

Here are the first delicate white flowers of the Bridal Wreath bush
given to me by a dear lady friend who
passed away a couple of years ago.
I have named this plant "Audrey" in her honor.
(Pass-along plants are a sweet reminder of dear friends
who are no longer with us.)

One of my favorite flowers, Double White Lilacs.
They are incredibly fragrant!
(Pass-along plant given to me from my Auntie. I, in turn, made a gift
of several of the babies to a sweet young friend of mine as a wedding present.
Her wedding bouquet was lilacs and she was wanting starts to line the drive of their future home.)

"Scentsation" lilac.
True to is name!

Bleeding heart

Beneath the Hydrangea grows a tiny fairy garden of Sweet Woodruff, Bluebells
and tiny woodland violets.
(The Bluebells and yellow violets were gathered in the woods near our farm.)

Solomon's Seal
in the dappled shade of the old Banana Apple Tree.

Snowball Viburnum
(A true pass-along plant, given to me when I was a young bride by
my mother-in-laws friend and neighbor Connie.)

and they are.....everywhere!
(Pass-along plant from dear Jan who started me making
my own soap!)

A blushing Columbine given to me years ago by one of my
sweetest friends, Jamie!
(I love this barely pink against the red of the rhody. But next year, she may
be friends with the iris or the peony.)
We call this Rhododendron "Grandma's Lipstick" because
it was my sweet grandmother's favorite shade to wear!
Here it is nestled down with Bishop's Weed,
a pass-along plant that I regret receiving from a cousin.
It spreads like wild fire into my new lawn!

And lastly, our dear old pink dogwood tree.
We fondly call him "Dagwood" dogwood; the name
we used when my girls were small as the
'secret word' should someone other than me
need to pick them up from school.

I hope you enjoyed your little tour of my friendship garden
and perhaps you will be inspired to start one of your own.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Garden Planting Time

Here are some suggestions for a successful harvest of your Springtime "Planting".


Plant Seven rows of Peas (P's)


1. Prayer

2. Promptness

3. Patience

4. Preparation

5. Perseverance

6. Politeness

7. Purity


Plant Seven Rows of Squash


1. Squash Gossip
2. Squash Indifference

3. Squash Criticism

4. Squash Negative Thinking

5. Squash Envy

6. Squash Jealousy

7. Squash Hatred

Plant Six Rows of Lettuce ("Let Us")


1. Let Us be unselfish and loyal

2. Let Us be faithful to duty

3. Let Us search the Scriptures

4. Let Us not be weary in well doing

5. Let Us be obedient in all things

6. Let Us be truthful

No Garden Is complete Without Turnips ("Turn up")


1. Turn up with a friendly smile

2. Turn Up for Church

3. Turn Up for Bible Study

4. Turn Up for Prayer Meeting

5. Turn Up with determination to do your best in God's service

6. Turn Up to praise God and not man


After planting,

"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus


II Peter 3:18a