Saturday, October 31, 2009

Creatures small 7


But this most elusive of them all was the hover flies. It was getting hot in the sun, I was glad to have at last caught an image. It was time for a rest.

Reflection:
Genesis 2:2 (New International Version)
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Creatures small 6


Lady birds are usually such obliging creatures but this one would not stop still.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:30-31 (New International Version)
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creatures small 5


I had to get lavender in.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:26 (New International Version)
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Creatures small 4


It was two for the price of one on the chive flower. Again, I didn't see the little guy until I was doing the processing.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:25 (New International Version)
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Creatures small 3


I didn't even notice this tiny one until I processed the photos.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:24 (New International Version)
And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Creatures small 2


There were butterflies flitting about in the sunshine, this little one landed on the forget-me-nots.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:21 (New International Version)
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Creatures small 1


When this bee flew into the frame when I was photographing the buttercup yesterday I decided to continue the fun with a bug hunt. I was such glorious weather I enjoyed myself immensely and now you are in for a week of them.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:20 (New International Version)
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Creeping


When we first moved here there was just a little clump of creeping buttercups which I declared to be a weed.

"Leave them," my husband urged, "they are so pretty."

I left them and now we have them creeping all over the place.

Reflection:
James 3:5-6 (New International Version)
Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Meadow


I mowed the grass last weekend but left the meadow area unmowed a while longer ... it's such a delight.

Note the yellow buttercups ... I will write more on them tomorrow.

Reflection:
Psalm 23:1-2 (New International Version)
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Struggle


I'm not sure if the sugar maple is going to push out leaves this year ... it's been struggling for the past few years and perhaps this is the end ... but let's wait and see.

Reflection:
Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Golden moments


Look at the gold behind the fresh green leaf of the maples. No it's not an out of season Autumn, its the neighbour's Golden Robinia now also in fresh new leaf.

Reflection:
Luke 7:50 (New International Version)
"Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Loving care


One big old rhododendron is the only one thriving on the garden, the rest seem starved of water and loving care. Perhaps one day I will figure out how to treat them well.

Reflection:
Psalm 143:8 (New International Version)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Repeating


I planted a punnet of violas (or pansies I forget which) months ago. And like every year, just as I begin to think they are a dud they start to produce delightful flowers in abundance.

And Julie, to save you asking, I don't know what the red flowers are but they are little beauties also, last year's plants reflowering.



Reflection:
Matthew 6:7 (New International Version)
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Value


Just as I was beginning to think I had recorded everything there is to be seen in the garden, a walk with camera in hand has revealed yet another week's worth of delights to show you.

This Dianthus clump has been growing bigger each year ... such wonderful value.



Reflection:
Habakkuk 2:18 (New International Version)
"Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it?
Or an image that teaches lies?
For he who makes it trusts in his own creation;

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Promise 2


Here's the other promise ... the port wine magnolia flower. This is a very substantial shrub with many of these tiny buds on it. I don't think the flowers open up much more than this, but I'll keep an eye on them to be sure. Regardless, they put out a very strong bubble gum perfume.

Reflection:
Psalm 145:13 (New International Version)
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Promises 1


When we were looking out the windows in Winter I promised to come back in the spring and show you some of the flowers. This is the native frangipani outside the kitchen window. Doesn't look much like the real does does it?

Reflection:
Numbers 23:19 (New International Version)
God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?



Thursday, October 15, 2009


These plants grow like a weed along the bank below the Cyprus Pine. They look so much like freesias but there's not even a bit of lovely perfume. I don't know what they are.

Reflection:
Psalm 24:3-5 (New International Version)
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Green on green


Growth doesn't have to be red like yesterday to be appealing. I love the different colours of green on this little box hedge plant.

Reflection:
Isaiah 61:11 (New International Version)
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

More bells



Here are the bells of a different variety of peris to the one I showed in early spring. These flower later and have beautiful red new growth.




Reflection:
Psalm 47
Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Praise 6


There's many more to come but it's time to take a break from azaleas.

Reflection:
Psalm 150:6 (New International Version)
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Praise 5


Reflection:
Psalm 106:1 (New International Version)
Praise the LORD.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Praise 4


So tiny, soft and pretty.

Reflection:
Psalm 59:17 (New International Version)
O my Strength, I sing praise to you;
you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Praise 3


Some azalia flowers are bold and bright, others small and delicate.

Reflection:
Psalm 35:18 (New International Version)
I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
among throngs of people I will praise you.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Praise 2


This is a Mollus Azalea, which is deciduous with the blooms appearing before the leaves.

Reflection:
Psalm 30:4 (New International Version)
Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;
praise his holy name.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Praise 1


The azaleas as coming out bit by bit, not in one big display like the often do. They are so pretty so over the next week I am going to show you a sample of the different blooms.

Reflection:
Psalm 103:1 (New International Version)
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Washed

Before

Yippeee it's been raining solidly for a day or more and the garden is getting washed clean of the dust.

After

Reflection:
John 13:13-15 (New International Version)
"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Imitating


Julie made a comment that the "Snow Balls" look similar to hydrangea. Yes they are similar to hydrangea but a bit of web research has revealed the following -- viburnums flower in the spring and hydrandeas in the summer. Another distinguishing feature is the number of stamen in each floret, 5 in Viburnum, 7-8+ in Hydrangea. But who's counting!!

I decided to post this photo of another Viburnum that has started to flower ... it looks even more like a hydrangea. As a matter of reference this is the shrub/tree that has red berries in the summer/autumn.

Reflection:
Hebrews 6:11-12 (New International Version)
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lovely


I'm sure my husband is sick of hearing me say "Aren't they lovely". They've been delighting me for weeks and are in a place where I see them frequently.

Reflection:
Philippians 4:8 (New International Version)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Waking


I've been watching the slow unfolding of the grevillia. Here's what it looked like in August.

Reflection:
Psalm 3:5 (New International Version)
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Forget-me-not


They self seed in every semi shaded spot and I am happy to let them do it, because I love them.

Reflection:
Ephesians 1:16 (New International Version)
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Abundance


Here we go, dozens and dozens of snowballs. They are really putting on a good show this year.

Reflection:
2 Peter 1:2 (New International Version)
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.