Friday, December 18, 2009

Taking a break


It's time the rest and enjoy the garden. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with lots of joy shared with family and friends.

I'll be back in the New Year.

Reflection:
Luke 2:14 (New International Version)
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Growing up


When I grow up I'm going to be a zucchini.

Reflection:
Matthew 1:21 (New International Version)
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Harvest


Hubbie planted a vege patch this year ... such excitement ... a harvest is coming on.

Reflection:
Luke 1:31 (New International Version)
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The time is coming


The agapanthus are now just beginning to show in a week or two there will be a sea of blue down the back.

Reflection:
Galatians 4:4-5 (New International Version)
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Anticipation


You have no idea how many tries it took to get this photo I wanted the centre to be in focus. It looks like a little parcel tied with string. In the children's talk at church the other week they spoke of brown paper packages tied with string and all the little ones screwed up their noses ... how dull ... I remember a time when picking up such parcels from the post office was incredibly exciting.

Maybe it's time to wrap some mystery packages and pop them under the tree.

Reflection:
Romans 8:19 (New International Version)
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Decoration


No it's not a Christmas tree but I think the new growth on the pines out the front is a rather nice decoration.

Reflection:
Deuteronomy 18:15 (New International Version)
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gifts


The Acanthus are looking very lush at the moment with their green leaves and tall flower spikes but at summer advances the leaves die down ... some are already yellowing off.

Lush ... that reminds me there is a shop with that name ... I've gotta go buy a few Christmas gifts soon.

Reflection:
Matthew 2:11 (New International Version)
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Yep it's coming


Blues are the colour of the Christmas garden.

The days have been quite cool again ... good for getting out in the garden and attacking weeds ... and just sitting around watching and listening to the birds.

Reflection:
Matthew 1:23 (New International Version)
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" —which means, "God with us."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas is coming


Christmas must be coming because the Jacaranda in Lawson has flowered at last (about a week and a half ago). It is so much later here ... than in Queensland, Sydney or even the lower mountains. Once upon a time we used to have a great view of the neighbour's tree but they built a two story garage which blots some of it out. The lower shot is of the tree from their neighbour on the other side (our trees in the background).



Reflection:
Isaiah 7:14 (New International Version)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Greatness 7 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 139:17-18 (New International Version)
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Greatness 6 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 147:4-5 (New International Version)
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Greatness 5 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 145:17-18 (New International Version)
The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.
The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Greatness 4 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 102:27 (New International Version)
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Greatness 3 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 86: 8, 10 (New International Version)
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Greatness 2 of 7



Reflection:
Psalm 24: 1-2(New International Version)
The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Greatness 1 of 7


I am running out of steam with new things to show in the garden so I'm going to show the small details with a week of macro shots while contemplating God's greatness.

Reflection:
Psalm 8: 1,3,4
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fickle


I just realised that it ticked over to Summer yesterday ... so why was I sitting at my desk with a heater on? Though I understand the heat is on it's way back from tomorrow. The blue hydrangea is a symbol of early summer to me.

Reflection:
John 6:66 (New International Version)
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Things to tend


Well I had an interesting day yesterday ... met up with Julie for the first time ... yes that is Julie the prolific and insightful blog commenter. We had a terrific day visiting the lovely Everglades gardens in Leura, enjoying lunch with a view at Solitary Kiosk followed by the less spectacular Burnbrae garden. I'm sure Julie saw the reality of all those weeds to pull, ponds to clean, paths to sweep and grass to mow. At least this ornamental grass doesn't need mowing.

Reflection:
Jeremiah 23:4 (New International Version)
"I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Waiting eagerly


My husband has planted a small vegetable patch. We are yet to see if it will actually produce anything but there is hope. One of his cucumber seedlings has a flower ... we eagerly await cucumber in the summer salad.

Reflection:
Romans 8:22-24 (New International Version)
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lovely light


My heart lifts to heaven when I see light through the leaves.

Reflection:
John 8:12 (New International Version)
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fire


No it's not real fire (though it's hot enough). It's a flame tree in a neighbouring garden that I can see from the bathroom window. Very Christmas ... the anticipation is building.

Reflection:
Luke 1:46-50 (New International Reader's Version)
Mary's Song
Mary said,
"My soul gives glory to the Lord.
My spirit delights in God my Savior.
He has taken note of me
even though I am not important.
From now on all people will call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me.
His name is holy.
He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him,
from parent to child down through the years."

Friday, November 27, 2009

Summer ahoy


Summer is on its way. It's certainly hot enough.

Reflection:
Hebrews 12:28 (New International Version)
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Easy


The geraniums under the a pine tree at the top corner are multiplying ... such easy plants, though a little straggly.

Reflection:
Matthew 11:29-30 (New International Version)
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Perpetual


Here's a salmon coloured begonia. It seems to flower all year round. I notice the tuberous begonias a beginning to put out leaves ... how exciting to see a new cycle begin.

Reflection:
1 Corinthians 13:8 (New International Version)
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Change


As the year begins to count down to the end I'm beginning to run out of ideas of what to show ... so until inspiration strikes again a couple of days with a salmon pink colour scheme. This is one of the azaleas from along the bank.

Reflection:
James 1:17 (New International Version)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Right time


For many years in early spring I watched the dogwood waiting for it to flower like the pink one up the street. Nothing happened, I thought it a dud. Then one year I looked out the window in December and was amazed to see it in flower ... I had been looking at the wrong time!!

This year it has flowered in late November.

Reflection:
Romans 5:6 (New International Version)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Many colours


I've updated the pot with some African daisies ... a nice touch of colour.

I've also got yellow and orange marigolds and yellow snapdragons in the garden at the moment but I am going to show you a different colour flower tomorrow.

Reflection:
Genesis 37:3 (King James Version)
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nasturtiums


Nasturtiums wander about near the fence. I believe you can eat the flowers though I've never done it.

Reflection:
Genesis 2:15-17 (New International Version)
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hot and cold


What volatile weather we are having at the moment, one day heating is needed to keep us warm at night and the next day it's searing hot all day. Well nothing goes better with hot sunny days than hot garden colours so I am going to run a short series on the orange and yellow flowers currently brightening the garden.

This is the first of the roses to flower since I rescued them from the long grass.

Reflection:
Revelation 3:15 (New International Version)
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Driveway



At this time of year our driveway is brightened with late flowering azaleas. And that's it for comparing my humble garden plot with the magnificant Everglades garden.  We'll start something new tomorrow.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Afternoon tea



My sister has been visiting for a couple of days. What a great excuse to enjoy home-made devonshire tea in the garden.

Reflection:
James 2:14-16 (New International Version)
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Potager


Our herb garden is not like the neatly organised kitchen garden at the Everglades and my columbines are not in a garden bed but have freely self-seeded wherever they wish.

Reflection:
Matthew 10:8 (New International Version)
Freely you have received, freely give.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Urns



We don't have any urns or sculptures in the garden. Our best match is the hydrangea which we have recently placed under the shade of the maples.

Reflection:
Psalm 121:5 (New International Version)
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

Sunday, November 15, 2009

House



The 1930s house at the Everglades has a row of trees nearby ... our 1890s house at Burnbrae has a row of pine trees along the front.  mmmm .... the grass below them doesn't grow well but it is looking like it could do with a near haircut.

Reflection:
Psalm 104:16-18 (New International Version)
The trees of the LORD are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the pine trees.
The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for the coneys.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Neat and tidy


Well hardly neat and tidy here. But this mess won't be there much longer ... Now the sun is shining a little I've had new spirt of energy and working my way around the garden doing the annual tidy up. The nieghbours will be happy once it's done.

Reflection:
Romans 13:10 (New International Version)
Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Steps


Come let's explore more of the garden.



Reflection:
Matthew 7:8 (New International Version)
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reflections


Oh dear, there is a reason you have not been shown the pond before this ... some years ago we added some new fish and a small aquatic plant must have been in the water ... in next to no time the plant was no longer small and the pond was chocked with it. Now there are no reflections and this year even the water iris have given up the will to flower.

It takes a nanosecond for it to grow again once I clean it but I'll give it another go when the water is a little warmer. There is one brave koi getting fat in that sludge ... or there was last time I cleaned it.

Refection:
1 Corinthians 13:12 (New International Version)
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Places to rest


The red azalea is now in bloom at the laptop zone ... I call this my hibiscus azalea.

My husband likes lawn daisies, I do too but I haven't got around to finding where to buy the seed so each year I plant a punnet of English Daisies as a substitute.


Reflection:
Matthew 11:28 (New International Version)
[Jesus said] "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stone walls


When we were visiting the Everglades garden (over at Blue Mountains Journal) I got the bright idea of running a parallel comparison with this garden. Most older mountain gardens do have similar characteristics but as you will surely see they are most certainly not the same.

So here we go, the stone walls of Burnbrae. By the way, I know I said we were moving on from weeds but this photo reminded me I have another plant which tends to multiply freely -- ribbon plant.

Reflection:
When I think of a Bible story involving a wall I instantly think of Rahab helping the spies to escape.
Joshua 2:15 (New International Version)
"So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall."

Monday, November 9, 2009

The list

To end our little ramble among the weeds here is the A-Z list from the Weeds of the Blue Mountains Bushland website -- those in bold appear in my garden. Is it any wonder I feel a little paranoid, especially as some of them are quite delightful as garden plants.

Agapanthus
Balloon Vine
Bamboo
Blackberry
Blue Periwinkle
Boneseed
Broom - Cape
Broom - Scotch
Buddleia
Camphor Laurel
Cape Ivy
Cherry Laurel
Cootamundra Wattle
Coreopsis
Catoneaster
Creeping Buttercup
Crofton Weed
English Holly
English Ivy
Gorse
Himilayan Honesuckle
Japanese Honysuckle
Lantana
Madeira Vine
Miscanthus
Montbretia
Morning Glory
Privet Large Leaf
Privet Small Leaf

Pussy Willow
Radiata Pine
Red Hot Poker
Seaside Daisy
Spanish Heath
Trad
White Jasmine

And there are other sites that add freesia, forget-me-knot, ginger lily, violets, maples and flowering cherry to the list ... beats me how one can have an non-native garden and not cause trouble in the bush.

By the way, today's weed is cherry laurel which is now in flower, I showed you the bad berries back in Autumn.


Reflection:
Revelation 21: 1-2 and 26-27
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God ... The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Robust


Well I don't think any of you will deny that these are just plain weeds ... gotta get the whipper snipper out. The petals are from an Iceberg rose which has been an a pot near the garage for the past 10 years or so. What wonderfully robust plants they are ... surviving through all my neglect, thirsty droughts and minimal feeding.

Reflection:
Psalm 118:14 (New International Version)
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mow a meadow


It's time to mow the meadow. Let's sing while we work, "Ten men went to mow, went to mow a meadow, ten men, nine men, eight men, seven men, six men, five men, four men, three men, two men, one man is his dog Spot went to mow a meadow, 9 men went to mow ..."

Reflection:
Luke 12:28 (New International Version)
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tasty


A virulent ground cover that delivers small tasty treats at this time of year ... wild strawberries. They compete hard ... crikey they can even displace the buttercups and are much easier to pull out when they grow in places you don't want them.

Reflection:
Psalm 34:8 (New International Version)
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Afraid


I'm almost afraid to post this one ... I was told it was knotweed which is a baddie but as it doesn't match any of the pictures on the web I might be safe to admit I quite like this vine even though it is a little agressive in its growth habits.

Reflection:
Mark 6:51 (New International Version)
Immediately he [Jesus] spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Enslaved


The jungle down the back is entwined with honeysuckle. O dear, what a struggle it is trying to keep the feral parts of the garden (and council land) under control.

Reflection:
Titus 3:3-4 (New International Version)
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.