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.