Monday, December 20, 2010

Hope, joy and peace


And perhaps the most surprising of all this fully green maple with one set of brilliant red leaves, like a special Christmas present for us all.

I'm taking a blog break from today until sometime in the New Year.  I treasure the friendships I have made through this blog and here is my Christmas prayer for each of you ...

Reflection:
Romans 15:13 (The Message)
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Great joy


And surprise gifts among the weeds down at the old vegetable patch.

Reflection:
Luke 2:10 (New Living Translation)
“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Decorations


The hydrangea flowers are like great round baubles on a Christmas tree.

Reflection:
Matthew 2:10 (King James Version
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Unwrapped


Time to take a quick stroll around the garden to see what sort of Christmas cheer it imparts.

When I showed the agapanthus spear the other day Diane commented that it looked like a parcel of goodies. The goodies are now being unwrapped.

Reflection:
Luke 2:7 (King James Version)
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Joy


I have been following your Chistmas posts with a restless heart, knowing that I hadn't managed to get my Christmas lights up and without them some of the anticipation and joy of Christmas was missing. Last night I did it and now things are all a twinkle and the child in me is loving the wonder of it all again.

Reflection:
uke 1:14 (New International Version, ©2010)
He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Glow


Here's the other new addition that caused some disruption to our home and now looks lovely.  It's too warm to need it right now but we lit a little fire to test it out.

Reflection:
roverbs 4:18 (The Message)
The ways of right-living people glow with light;
the longer they live, the brighter they shine.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New


We spent the weekend having pre-Christmas celebrations with family and what spare time we had left beginning to put the rooms back aright now the painting is finished.  It's been the perfect excuse to reshuffle all the furniture and artwork to create a new look ready for a fresh New Year.

Reflection:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version, ©2010)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sun


Wet Green Week 7 of 7


It looks like a little green sun to me, a nice reminder.

Reflection:
Proverbs 16:15 (The Message)
Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives;
they're like spring rain and sunshine.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rain

Wet Green Week 6 of 7

Is this rain ever going to stop?  It's warmer and we've had some sunny days but the sky is still grey so it can drop it's bundle at a moment's notice.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 11:3-4 (The Message)
When the clouds are full of water, it rains.
When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls.
Don't sit there watching the wind. Do your own work.
Don't stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Spear


Wet Green Week 5 of 7

The agapanthus flower later up here.

Reflection:
Isaiah 2:3-6 (New International Version, ©2010)
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oak


Wet Green Week 4 of 7

Reflection:
Isaiah 44:23 (The Message)
High heavens, sing!
God has done it.
Deep earth, shout!
And you mountains, sing!
A forest choir of oaks and pines and cedars!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Heart


Wet Green Week 3 of 7

It's the heart of the heart shaped Cyclamen leaf,

Reflection:
Proverbs 27:19 (The Message)
Just as water mirrors your face,
so your face mirrors your heart.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Web


Wet Green Week 2 of 7

There is no trouble seeing webs at the moment.

Reflection:
Job 8:8
That's what happens to all who forget God— all their hopes come to nothing. They hang their life from one thin thread, they hitch their fate to a spider web. One jiggle and the thread breaks, one jab and the web collapses.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tongue

Wet Green Week 1 of 7

The overwhelming colour of the garden right now is green and wet so we are going to have a Wet Green Week to offset the photos from last week, taken on a sunny Saturday which turned into a soggy week to follow.  The plants are still lapping up the water.

Reflection:
Psalm 139:4 (New International Version, ©2010)
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A mystery solved


While we are on the topic of mysteries here is one that has been solved.  A year or so ago I put in a plant with variegated leaves.    A year later I was asking why all the new leaves were plain green.

Some time later I heard on the garden show that this was because the wild root stock was taking over and that you had to chop it off otherwise you would never see variegated leaves again so I snipped off the plain green growth and hey presto its working.

Reflection:
Daniel 2:27 (The Message)
Daniel answered the king, "No mere human can solve the king's mystery, I don't care who it is—no wise man, enchanter, magician, diviner. But there is a God in heaven who solves mysteries

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mystery


What is this flower?  I pops up in various parts of the garden. A brown spike out of bare soil, no leaves and these small white flowers on top.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 11:5 (The Message)
Just as you'll never understand
the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman,
So you'll never understand
the mystery at work in all that God does.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Flower patch


Over in a lonely corner of the garden the geraniums are flowering abundantly.

Reflection:
Song of Solomon 6:11 (The Message)
One day I went strolling through the orchard,
looking for signs of spring,
Looking for buds about to burst into flower,
anticipating readiness, ripeness.
Before I knew it my heart was raptured,
carried away by lofty thoughts!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Silk


Before the azaleas pass us by for this year I thought I show this pretty pink one. They look like silk flowers.

Reflection:
Matthew 9:14-17 (The Message)
A little later John's followers approached, asking, "Why is it that we and the Pharisees rigorously discipline body and spirit by fasting, but your followers don't?"
Jesus told them, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!"

He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lanterns


The chinese lantern plant is looking very pretty right now. Summer starts today.

Reflection:
Psalm 43:3-4 (The Message)
Give me your lantern and compass,
give me a map,
So I can find my way to the sacred mountain,
to the place of your presence,
To enter the place of worship,
meet my exuberant God,
Sing my thanks with a harp,
magnificent God, my God.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mess


The house is a mess at the moment because we've got the painter in doing the lounge and dining room so the furniture is cluttering other parts of the house and to make things worse we have the man coming into install a pot belly stove in the family room this week so that area had to be cleared as well.

Reflection:
Romans 3:21 (The Message)
God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Purple face


My face was not purple on Saturday ... more red because I mowed the lawn and it was a rather warm day. Lucky I didn't put it off until Sunday ... it's raining again.

Reflection:
John 2:28 (The Message)
And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we'll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Special


I've been waiting for this.  The dwarf  gumpo azaleas are late flowering so put on lovely display along the driveway at this time of year.

Reflection:
1 Thessalonians 1:2 (The Message)
It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn't just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Prostrate


This is the flower of a prostrate grevillia, another native flower. Reminds me of the semi squashed huntsman spider I found on the bathroom floor the other day ... one of us must of stepped on it in the night ... eeek.

Reflection:
Proverbs 1:7 (The Message)
Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Native-born


The eriostemon is flowering by the back fence,  a pretty Australian native flower.

Reflection:
Leviticus 19:33-34 (New International Version, ©2010)
‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fresh


Fresh green growth on another fern.

Reflection:
Proverbs 18:15 (The Message)
Wise men and women are always learning,
always listening for fresh insights.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Crows nest


I noticed the last two posts have been predominantly green so thought I would add some more.  This is the new growth on a Crows Next fern.

Reflection:
Psalm 147:7-11 (The Message)
Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn,
play music on your instruments to God,
Who fills the sky with clouds,
preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with grass,
feeding both cattle and crows.
He's not impressed with horsepower;
the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear God get God's attention;
they can depend on his strength.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tired


I am beginning to feel a little tired of this blog. Perhaps it is the onset of summer. Summer must be coming because the Hydrangeas are on their way out even if the weather is not letting us know.  We did however have glorious weather over the weekend for the family visit plus a quite chilly evening so we could light the log fire for ambience too.

Reflection:
Jeremiah 31:25 (New International Version)
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Brothers and Sisters

The Cherry Laurel is flowering.

My sister has flown down from Brisbane to spend the weekend with us and my brother and sister-in-law joined us for lunch yesterday. I nice family day.

Reflection:
Ephesians 6:23 (New International Version)
Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dance


Fushias make me want to twirl and dance.

Reflection:
1 Thessalonians 4:1 (The Message)
One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Old fashioned


These are the flowers on the peppermint geranium ... they remind me of old fashioned ribboned bonnets.

Reflection:
1 Corinthians 11:7 Every man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with no covering of hair dishonors her head—she is just like one of the “shorn women.” If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair; but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again. A man ought not to have long hair

Friday, November 19, 2010

Open my eyes


I don't wear my glasses when I am out photographing ... so I am often surprised to find bugs that I had not seen in the closeups.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:18 (New International Version)
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Again


I know I am getting repetitive but this is this one hasn't flowered for years despite me trying to pour water on it.

Reflection:
Philippians 4:4 (New International Version)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

By the pool


Another of lifes little mysteries ... why didn't this flower last year ?  It could not have been the drought, after all it's feet live in water.

Reflection:
John 5:2-8 (New International Version)
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shape


Another surprise flowering brought on by the rain.  I had forgotten this mollus azalea was growing by the front fence. It has an odd shape for an azalea.

Reflection:
Proverbs 11:17 (The Message)
A God-Shaped Life
When you're kind to others, you help yourself;
when you're cruel to others, you hurt yourself.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Prayers


At the moment our evenings are filled with the strong fragrance of the port wine magnolia lifted up on the night air .. has me thinking of prayers lifted up to our Lord.

Reflection:
Philippians 4:6 (The Message)
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Simplicity


After the wildness of the past week I thought we could do with some simplicity.

Reflection:
1 Timothy 6:6 (The Message)
A devout life does bring wealth, but it's the rich simplicity of being yourself before God.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wild animals


Wild garden week 7 of 7

Even the fish ponds have gone wild and transformed themselves into frog ponds without any help from me.

Reflection:
Genesis 1:24 (The Message)
God spoke: "Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds."
And there it was:
wild animals of every kind,
Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
God saw that it was good.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wild fruits


Wild garden week 6 of 7

The Dianthus (Sweet William) has just started flowering, a month later than last year. The rain is keeping us and the flowers cold.

What is that wild strawberry doing in the flower garden?  Those strawberries sure are virulent ... but I am indulgent towards them provided they stay relatively within their own place.  They are fruiting right now and probably the only harvest from the garden this year, given the state of the vege plot.



Reflection:
Psalm 65:9 (The Message)
Oh, visit the earth,
ask her to join the dance!
Deck her out in spring showers,
fill the God-River with living water.
Paint the wheat fields golden.
Creation was made for this!
Drench the plowed fields,
soak the dirt clods
With rainfall as harrow and rake
bring her to blossom and fruit.
Snow-crown the peaks with splendor,
scatter rose petals down your paths,
All through the wild meadows, rose petals.
Set the hills to dancing,
Dress the canyon walls with live sheep,
a drape of flax across the valleys.
Let them shout, and shout, and shout!
Oh, oh, let them sing!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance

Wild garden week 5 of 7

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month World War 1 hostilities ended and is observed as Remembrance Day throughout Commonwealth countries. Here in Australia is has largely been eclipsed by Anzac Day but is still remembered in a quiet way. So today I am showing you the herb patch with its Rosemary (for remembrance), Chives, Parsley and Thyme. I love fresh herbs. Look the other way and you see the Oregano as well. On the Garden Show they said that if you chop it back it will spring back in no time ... they were not wrong about that, I'm thinking of transferring some it it to places where I need some more ground cover.

Reflection:
Luke 22:19 (New International Version)
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

As you were


Wild garden week 4 of 7
The photo above is what I would normally show you.  But look below at what is really going on.   They are growing randomly in cracks in the stone and I let them do it because it amuses me to see things thriving just where they have been placed.


Reflection:
1 Corinthians 7:20-22 (The Message)
Stay where you were when God called your name. Were you a slave? Slavery is no roadblock to obeying and believing. I don't mean you're stuck and can't leave. If you have a chance at freedom, go ahead and take it. I'm simply trying to point out that under your new Master you're going to experience a marvelous freedom you would never have dreamed of. On the other hand, if you were free when Christ called you, you'll experience a delightful "enslavement to God" you would never have dreamed of.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oh dear


Wild garden 3 of 7

Remember the excitement of the vege plot last year.  Here is what it looks like right now!

We're just not cut out for this type of thing. It's not that we are lazy, we are busy about the things that interest us more - God understands.

Reflection:
Psalm 139:14 (King James Version)
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Elbow room


Wild Garden Week 2 of 7

Despite the weeds and the artfully tumbling rock wall at their feet they look lovely anyway.

Lea's comment yesterday that I was giving my plant "elbow room" made me smile, as did the encouraging words of other commenters.

Reflection:
2 Kings 6:1-2 (The Message)
One day the guild of prophets came to Elisha and said, "You can see that this place where we're living under your leadership is getting cramped—we have no elbow room. Give us permission to go down to the Jordan where each of us will get a log. We'll build a roomier place."
Elisha said, "Go ahead."

I've been reading Kings in my daily reading lately. Entertaining and inspiring reading.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A confession


When I look at this blog I feel I am a fraud.  Taking photos of individual flowers gives the impression I have a lovingly tended garden and the fact is I do very little.  It is a wild garden that makes do with a minimum of care from me. It is not even very full of plants, there are lots of big empty spots. I know nothing of feeding and pruning and do just a little weeding and mow occasionally. You see I am a garden appreciator not a gardener. I appreciate this lavender and seaside daisy growing with unattended abandon.

I think I will soothe my conscience by showing you more of the wild garden this week.

Reflection:
Proverbs 28:13 (New International Version)
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Insignificant


These geranium flowers are small and insignificant but close up aren't they pretty.

Reflection:
Philippians 3:7 (The Message)
Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant.




Friday, November 5, 2010

Two together



Another beauty that has flowered unexpectedly this year.  I took it at this angle so you could see the ajuga I showed you the other day. They make a pretty combination.

Reflection:
Ecclesiastes 4:9 (New International Version)
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Honey


I have not seen many bees in the garden this spring.   They say the bee population is diminishing worldwide but I think the reason has been that it is just been too cold for them.  This weekend when the photo was taken was wonderfully warm at last but it has dropped back again since.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:103 (New International Version)
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!