Sunday, March 5, 2017

Changing times


Only a month ago we were baking in the heat.  Now it is much cooler and the autumn rains have arrived, softening the earth so now all sorts of odd fungi are pushing their way through.

Reflection:
Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Camouflage


The King Parrots are always plentiful in the maples at this time of year.  The lady King Parrot blends in well with the colour scheme, unlike her red suited mate.

Reflection:
Psalm 50:11-12 New International Version (NIV)
"I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it."

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Off with their heads


It's been so hot lately.  A run of so many days of heat is unusual here in the mountains.  It's been too hot to consider putting my nose outside the house but I knew the agapathus heads needed removing really soon so got up this morning before the heat of the day and chopped them all off ... all 250+ of them.

It's green bin week, the council will take them away tomorrow morning.

They were so pretty a few weeks ago.  But now despite the heat Autumn is beginning to herald its arrival.  The Belladona lilies have lifted their heads from the soil, the ginger flowers are beginning pop out, the king parrots are munching away on the seed in the maples, the fire wheel tree is getting ready to flower and their is the faintest blush or red on some of the maple leaves.

Reflection:
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sitting Down


After a couple of days of cool it is hot again.  Definitely sitting down weather rather then gardening.

Reflection:
Mark 9:35 NIV
"Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Path


I have cleared the path through the agapanthus patch which has now become a fishbone fern patch.

Reflection:
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Greenery



I have been mowing the grass and cutting back the greenery so the neighbours who use this path don't have to fight through a jungle.  It's been a bit hard to get out to the garden lately, it swings between too hot to too wet.

Reflection:
Psalm 11:7 New International Version (NIV)
"For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Swept


I am feeling pleased with myself because this weekend I managed to sweep all of the paths.

It has been very hot lately but the last couple of days cooled down enough for me to get out there and do it.

Reflection:
Proverbs 2:12-15 New International Version (NIV)
"Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.




Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stars


Thinking about stars because of today's scripture verse.  It is not a picture of stars because I am not good at night shots even though there are always plenty of stars to be seen in our night sky as we don't have the light pollution of the big city.

Reflection:
Psalm 8:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
"When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Visitors


We have lots of visitors at our house yesterday - lunch for our city church members attending the annual Summer School up at Katoomba.

Today it is peaceful here again and this visitor came to our garden.  A brown cuckoo dove.

Reflection:
Psalm 7:17 New International Version (NIV)
"I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High."

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Lilies


These lilies are doing so well. I guess because their feet are in the pond so they are never starved for water -- unlike other parts of my garden.

Lilies always bring to my mind the scripture verse from Matthew 6 "consider the lilies of the field" the version from The Message gives a modern take on this passage.

Reflection:
Matthew 6:30-33 The Message (MSG)
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Making friends


I have decided to make a friend of the ivy.  Small plants have established in parts of the garden, where not much else will grow.  So instead of weeding it out, I will let it grow and make a ground cover.  It is not too much trouble to clear it from the tree trunks once a year and clip it back where it has become too vigorous.

There is a big pine tree up at the Everglades where the ivy ground cover below looks really good.

Reflection:
Matthew 5:23-24 The Message
“This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God."

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Summer Roses



I continue to have little success with Roses in my mountain garden but this one is doing OK. Still quite damp around here this week.

Reflection:
Psalm 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
"In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fresh picked


Zucchini and cucumber fresh picked from our garden.  They are about the only veges I have any success growing.

Reflection:
Genesis 8:22 New International Version (NIV)

“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Summer Blue



I love the blue summer flowers that mark the passage of this season in the garden.  We have been having quite a run of hot weather but are now back to mountain misty rainy days and cooler nights.

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

Monday, January 2, 2017

One last day


Yesterday I turned on the Christmas lights for one last evening of sparkles before packing them all up this morning.

Reflection:
Matthew 2:11New International Version (NIV)
"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, frankincense and myrrh."

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year 2017


Happy New Year  too all of my friends. This year I am going to try to post more often and that means most likely posting regularly the toils and delights of the garden at Burnbrae.  I have missed the joy of photography and it is time I got back to it.

At this time of year the agapanthus explodes everywhere around the garden like a burst of New Year's fireworks.

Reflection:
Genesis 2:15 New International Version (NIV)
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."