Sunday, October 31, 2010

Walk


The azaleas have been fabulous this year.  I've been enjoying them for weeks as they don't all come out at once.  These on Azalea Walk are just about done but the ones on the driveway are still to begin.

Reflection:
Psalm 26:2-3 (New International Version)
Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for your love is ever before me,
and I walk continually in your truth.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Early bird


Not me though, when this automatically posts at 7:00am tomorrow morning I am gunna be snug in bed catching up on sleep.  I noticed when I came in this evening that the forget me nots are getting rather leggy ... some work to do pulling them up this weekend or next I'd say.

Reflection:
Song of Solomon 7
Come, dear lover—
let's tramp through the countryside.
Let's sleep at some wayside inn,
then rise early and listen to bird-song.
Let's look for wildflowers in bloom,
blackberry bushes blossoming white,
Fruit trees festooned
with cascading flowers.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bleary eyed


I am running out of puff again. It happens as the week comes to an end when I am bleary eyed from too many early rises.   I notice my photograph of this azalea is looking a little bleary too but you've gotta love it's colour.

Reflection:
Psalm 69:3 (The Message)
I'm hoarse from calling for help,
Bleary-eyed from searching the sky for God.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Burdened


The peris are burdened with flowers at the moment. A nice burden to carry.

Reflection:
Galatians 6:2 (New International Version)
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lush


Such lovely green lushness in the spring garden.  

Reflection:
Psalm 23: 1-3
God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cheer


They are a bit leggy because they don't get enough sun in this spot but these daisies are certainly bright and cheerful at the moment. I hope they help soothe any anxious hearts today.

Reflection:
Proverbs 12:25 (New International Version)
An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hiding


I was chatting to Susie at church and she was saying how great this spring has been in her garden because of all of the rain.  Likewise at Burnbrae.  This ajuga which is a creeping ground cover was planted under the big pine many years ago when we had a landscape gardener.  It has flowered sporadically for years and I figured had pretty much died out but here it is with flowers popping up all over the place.  They've just been hiding

Reflection:
Psalm 32:7 (New International Version)
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Changeable


Last Saturday is was snowing.  Yesterday it was a warm 23C. Then is rained and got very cold.  The snowball flowers are now snowy.

Reflection:
Hebrews 6:13 (The Message)
When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, "I promise that I'll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!" Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they'll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can't break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Trustworthy


I admire Ixias because they are so trustworthy in drought as well as rain.

Refection:
Psalm 19:7 (New International Version)
The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.



Friday, October 22, 2010

Tired body


My lifestyle caught up with me today.  Dragging myself around because I stayed up too late last night and still had to get up early in the morning.  I was so preoccupied I didn't realise that I had not prepared today's post.  These flowers are along the driveway, it sure was good to drive along it this evening with the prospect of a weekend to catch my breath and get some sleep.

Reflection:
Jeremiah 31:25 (The Message)
I'll refresh tired bodies;
I'll restore tired souls.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Plans




This week I am going to do a round of the garden showing you what's happening this week.  I just love these grevillias because they flower ... not every plant does as I plan.


Reflection:
Proverbs 19:20-21 (New International Version)
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
and in the end you will be wise.
Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

100 old books


Final Wordy Wednesday Post

I've joined the ebook era and love the ease of always having a book in my handbag to read on the bus. 100 free classics included. It's slow reading because some are very long.  I doubt I will read them all but thus far have read:
* Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
* Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
* The Turning of the Screw - Henry James
* Dubliners - James Joyce
* Anna Kareninina - Leo Tolstoy
* Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
* Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickins
* Middlemarch - George Elliot.  Slow but I am persisting.

It is rather fun rediscovering old writings.

Reflection:
Nehemiah 8:2-3 (New International Version)
So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Twist


Unexpected 6 of 6

Hanging from one of the trees along the driveway and I thought I had caught and cut back all that pesky wisteria twisting through the trees.  That's the end of my unexpected series.

Reflection:
Proverbs 21:8 (The Message)
Mixed motives twist life into tangles;
pure motives take you straight down the road.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Small things



Unexpected 5 of 6

Whew! I did the mowing yesterday so you will be free of me bleating about it for another few weeks.  While I was leaving the little blue forget-me-nots free of the blade I noticed these tiny pink ones.  Another unexpected delight.

Reflection:
Luke 16:10 (The Message)
Jesus went on to make these comments:
If you're honest in small things,
you'll be honest in big things;
If you're a crook in small things,
you'll be a crook in big things.
If you're not honest in small jobs,
who will put you in charge of the store?
No worker can serve two bosses:
He'll either hate the first and love the second
Or adore the first and despise the second.
You can't serve both God and the Bank.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Timing


Unexpected 4 of 6

This flower is not so much unexpected but expected earlier.   This year many plants are weeks later than usual, but some flowered earlier than normal and others spot on time.  I guess some are triggered by the length of day, others by moisture and perhaps these by warmth and sunshine which has been greatly lacking of late.

My excuse for not mowing the grass yesterday ... it was snowing!!!!!

Reflection:
Job 5:8 (The Message)
"If I were in your shoes, I'd go straight to God,
I'd throw myself on the mercy of God.
After all, he's famous for great and unexpected acts;
there's no end to his surprises.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hungry and thirsty


Unexpected 3 of 6

This plant was ill advisedly planted in a too dry part of the garden so I have watched it shrivel with each passing year.  A bit of rain and hey-presto flowers.  Another unexpected delight.

Reflection:
Psalm 107:4-6 (New International Version)
Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Unnoticed


Unexpected 2 of 6

Here's another plant that has been unnoticed flowering along the front fence.  It's straggly but quite tall so not new. Was it self seeded? Woken by the rain?  I don't know but it is a pretty thing.

Reflection:
Luke 8:47 (New International Version)
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A pretty skirt


Unexpected 1 of 6

How is it that I have lived here for 17 years and been photographing the garden for many of them and I have never noticed this beautiful blossom?  It's a mature tree along the driveway, surely it has been flowering every year!!

I loved Lea's comment on the cherry blossom the other day "such lovely, downy ruffles. if i were a designer, i would try to create a skirt like theirs". So when I took this photo I thought of the great designer behind these beautiful skirts.

Reflection:
Exodus 28:31
[ The Robe ] "For the edge of the skirts make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet material all around and alternate them with bells of gold —gold bell and pomegranate, gold bell and pomegranate—all around the hem of the robe. Aaron has to wear it when he does his priestly work."

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Life Stories


A Wordy Wednesday post

Enough of walking down memory lane, what do I read today?  Some time ago Diane commented that she enjoys autobiographies ... I do too.

The most recent I have read was the fourth in Mary Moody's tell all "Sweet Surrender". Her previous books have annoyed me with her life choices so why did I buy again? I guess I was pulled in by the cover blurb "It has been a journey that has taught her a lot including an acceptance of growing older (and wiser) and an understanding that you can never really run away from who you are."

Next week I will wrap up this series with what I am reading right now.

Reflection:
Luke 1:3-4 (New International Version)
Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Open


Here is last week's celebration candle in full flower.  This plant suffered terribly through the drought years and is struggling to return to its former vigour ... only one precious flower this year.

Other plants are just relishing the change in weather which has resulted in several surprises in the garden, I will show them after tomorrow's wordy Wednesday post as an 'unexpected' series.

Reflection:
Luke 11:9 (New International Version)
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Forget


One of the advantages to forgetting to mow the law ... the forget-me-nots are a delight.  Actually I left this part deliberately unmowed last month in expectation of this pretty show.

Reflection:
Psalm 119:16 (The Message)
I relish everything you've told me of life,
I won't forget a word of it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Red


Too wet to mow the lawn.  Staying inside having home made tomato soup and freshly baked bread for lunch.

Reflection:
Isaiah 1:18 (The Message)
"If your sins are blood-red,
they'll be snow-white.
If they're red like crimson,
they'll be like wool."

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Growth


The maples have all sprouted new growth and the garden is now fully clothed again. And the grass is growing like a weed, I will have to get out there with the mower this weekend if it stops raining long enough.

Reflection:
Galatians 6:7 (The Message)
Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cha Cha


I've always been impressed with people like Letty and Julie who can name the variety of their flowers ... not just the generic name like Azalea. Well let me impress you today ... the name of this Azalea is Cha Cha. It is one of the few with a label.

Reflection:
Psalm 30:11 (The Message)
You did it: you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I'm about to burst with song;
I can't keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can't thank you enough.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Brief


There is so much going on in the garden at the moment.  This is the beautiful flowering cherry in the afternoon sunlight. Her time is brief but lovely.

Reflection:
James 1:9-11 (The Message)
When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don't ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that's a picture of the "prosperous life." At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In love


A Wordy Wednesday post

Which Bible to choose from the many I have treasured?

My first given to me when I moved into the big Sunday School aged 8
The tiny red New Testament handed out by the Gideons at high school
The flash new adult Bible received as a Sunday School graduation prize
The fat family Bible given as a wedding gift from my parents
All of these were King James Version.  What of the various translations I have enjoyed since, right through to the ESV version I read today with its lovely tissue thin paper and a soft brown tooled leather cover. Or the multiple translations I have on my iPhone to read on the train in the mornings.

Of all the choices I ran with the the Living Bible that sprung onto the scene in the early 70s.  Reading the word in modern language brought the Bible so amazingly to life for me.

The other reason for making this selection is the inscription ... To Joan, love Ian.  Crikey, it was the day after our first date, how forward is that!


Reflection:
Matthew 4:4 (New International Version)
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Celebration


A celebration candle. It's our 36th wedding anniversary today. Tomorrow's Wordy Wednesday post will give you a glimpse of the beginning.

Reflection:
Genesis 2:24 (New International Version)
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Snap


Julie said in another of my blogs that Snapdragons are so 1950s ... but I will risk showing this as she is in France (Diane thinks she is lost in the Louvre).  Actually this particular plant is a recently released perennial variety that I planted a few years ago and it has really come into its own this year with quite a lot of flower spikes.

Reflection:
1 Thessalonians 5:13 (The Message)
And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Six


Lea's recent post about "five" reminded me that I found "six" different types of violets in my garden this year.  They are also about to finish their run, except for the native violet (the mauve and white one) which seem to flower all year.

Reflection:
Revelation 4:8 (New International Version)
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Coming to an end


Diane was saying the last of her Azaleas are flowering.  Mine are still waking up all over the place and will be doing so right through to November. However the wattle is coming to its end.  This is the last one peeping through to the neighbours down the back.

Reflection:
Matthew 24:3 (New International Version)
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"

Friday, October 1, 2010

More and more


The azaleas are flowering all around the garden now.

Reflection:
Psalm 71:14 (New International Version)
But as for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.