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Waiting eagerly

My husband has planted a small vegetable patch. We are yet to see if it will actually produce anything but there is hope. One of his cucumber seedlings has a flower ... we eagerly await cucumber in the summer salad. Reflection : Romans 8:22-24 (New International Version) We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

Lovely light

My heart lifts to heaven when I see light through the leaves. Reflection: John 8:12 (New International Version) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


No it's not real fire (though it's hot enough). It's a flame tree in a neighbouring garden that I can see from the bathroom window. Very Christmas ... the anticipation is building. Reflection : Luke 1:46-50 (New International Reader's Version) Mary's Song Mary said, "My soul gives glory to the Lord. My spirit delights in God my Savior. He has taken note of me even though I am not important. From now on all people will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me. His name is holy. He shows his mercy to those who have respect for him, from parent to child down through the years."

Summer ahoy

Summer is on its way. It's certainly hot enough. Reflection: Hebrews 12:28 (New International Version) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,


The geraniums under the a pine tree at the top corner are multiplying ... such easy plants, though a little straggly. Reflection : Matthew 11:29-30 (New International Version) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


Here's a salmon coloured begonia. It seems to flower all year round. I notice the tuberous begonias a beginning to put out leaves ... how exciting to see a new cycle begin. Reflection : 1 Corinthians 13:8 (New International Version) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.


As the year begins to count down to the end I'm beginning to run out of ideas of what to show ... so until inspiration strikes again a couple of days with a salmon pink colour scheme. This is one of the azaleas from along the bank. Reflection : James 1:17 (New International Version) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Right time

For many years in early spring I watched the dogwood waiting for it to flower like the pink one up the street. Nothing happened, I thought it a dud. Then one year I looked out the window in December and was amazed to see it in flower ... I had been looking at the wrong time!! This year it has flowered in late November. Reflection: Romans 5:6 (New International Version) You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Many colours

I've updated the pot with some African daisies ... a nice touch of colour. I've also got yellow and orange marigolds and yellow snapdragons in the garden at the moment but I am going to show you a different colour flower tomorrow. Reflection : Genesis 37:3 (King James Version) Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.


Nasturtiums wander about near the fence. I believe you can eat the flowers though I've never done it. Reflection: Genesis 2:15-17 (New International Version) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Hot and cold

What volatile weather we are having at the moment, one day heating is needed to keep us warm at night and the next day it's searing hot all day. Well nothing goes better with hot sunny days than hot garden colours so I am going to run a short series on the orange and yellow flowers currently brightening the garden. This is the first of the roses to flower since I rescued them from the long grass. Reflection : Revelation 3:15 (New International Version) I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!


At this time of year our driveway is brightened with late flowering azaleas. And that's it for comparing my humble garden plot with the magnificant Everglades garden.  We'll start something new tomorrow.

Afternoon tea

My sister has been visiting for a couple of days. What a great excuse to enjoy home-made devonshire tea in the garden. Reflection : James 2:14-16 (New International Version) What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?


Our herb garden is not like the neatly organised kitchen garden at the Everglades and my columbines are not in a garden bed but have freely self-seeded wherever they wish. Reflection: Matthew 10:8 (New International Version) Freely you have received, freely give.


We don't have any urns or sculptures in the garden. Our best match is the hydrangea which we have recently placed under the shade of the maples. Reflection : Psalm 121:5 (New International Version) The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;


The 1930s house at the Everglades has a row of trees nearby ... our 1890s house at Burnbrae has a row of pine trees along the front.  mmmm .... the grass below them doesn't grow well but it is looking like it could do with a near haircut. Reflection: Psalm 104:16-18 (New International Version) The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees. The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys.

Neat and tidy

Well hardly neat and tidy here. But this mess won't be there much longer ... Now the sun is shining a little I've had new spirt of energy and working my way around the garden doing the annual tidy up. The nieghbours will be happy once it's done. Reflection : Romans 13:10 (New International Version) Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.


Come let's explore more of the garden. Reflection : Matthew 7:8 (New International Version) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.


Oh dear, there is a reason you have not been shown the pond before this ... some years ago we added some new fish and a small aquatic plant must have been in the water ... in next to no time the plant was no longer small and the pond was chocked with it. Now there are no reflections and this year even the water iris have given up the will to flower. It takes a nanosecond for it to grow again once I clean it but I'll give it another go when the water is a little warmer. There is one brave koi getting fat in that sludge ... or there was last time I cleaned it. Refection: 1 Corinthians 13:12 (New International Version) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Places to rest

The red azalea is now in bloom at the laptop zone ... I call this my hibiscus azalea. My husband likes lawn daisies, I do too but I haven't got around to finding where to buy the seed so each year I plant a punnet of English Daisies as a substitute. Reflection : Matthew 11:28 (New International Version) [Jesus said] "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Stone walls

When we were visiting the Everglades garden (over at Blue Mountains Journal ) I got the bright idea of running a parallel comparison with this garden. Most older mountain gardens do have similar characteristics but as you will surely see they are most certainly not the same. So here we go, the stone walls of Burnbrae. By the way, I know I said we were moving on from weeds but this photo reminded me I have another plant which tends to multiply freely -- ribbon plant. Reflection: When I think of a Bible story involving a wall I instantly think of Rahab helping the spies to escape. Joshua 2:15 (New International Version) "So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall."

The list

To end our little ramble among the weeds here is the A-Z list from the Weeds of the Blue Mountains Bushland website -- those in bold appear in my garden. Is it any wonder I feel a little paranoid, especially as some of them are quite delightful as garden plants. Agapanthus Balloon Vine Bamboo Blackberry Blue Periwinkle Boneseed Broom - Cape Broom - Scotch Buddleia Camphor Laurel Cape Ivy Cherry Laurel Cootamundra Wattle Coreopsis Catoneaster Creeping Buttercup Crofton Weed English Holly English Ivy Gorse Himilayan Honesuckle Japanese Honysuckle Lantana Madeira Vine Miscanthus Montbretia Morning Glory Privet Large Leaf Privet Small Leaf Pussy Willow Radiata Pine Red Hot Poker Seaside Daisy Spanish Heath Trad White Jasmine And there are other sites that add freesia, forget-me-knot, ginger lily, violets, maples and flowering cherry to the list ... beats me how one can have an non-native garden and not cause trouble in the bush. By the way, today's weed is cherry laurel


Well I don't think any of you will deny that these are just plain weeds ... gotta get the whipper snipper out. The petals are from an Iceberg rose which has been an a pot near the garage for the past 10 years or so. What wonderfully robust plants they are ... surviving through all my neglect, thirsty droughts and minimal feeding. Reflection : Psalm 118:14 (New International Version) The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

Mow a meadow

It's time to mow the meadow. Let's sing while we work, "Ten men went to mow, went to mow a meadow, ten men, nine men, eight men, seven men, six men, five men, four men, three men, two men, one man is his dog Spot went to mow a meadow, 9 men went to mow ..." Reflection : Luke 12:28 (New International Version) If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!


A virulent ground cover that delivers small tasty treats at this time of year ... wild strawberries. They compete hard ... crikey they can even displace the buttercups and are much easier to pull out when they grow in places you don't want them. Reflection : Psalm 34:8 (New International Version) Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.


I'm almost afraid to post this one ... I was told it was knotweed which is a baddie but as it doesn't match any of the pictures on the web I might be safe to admit I quite like this vine even though it is a little agressive in its growth habits. Reflection : Mark 6:51 (New International Version) Immediately he [Jesus] spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.


The jungle down the back is entwined with honeysuckle. O dear, what a struggle it is trying to keep the feral parts of the garden (and council land) under control. Reflection : Titus 3:3-4 (New International Version) At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.


Wasn't it wonderful to have some sun on the weekend. I stepped out into the garden and breathed in deeply of the heady spring fragrances .. then oooops I realised there was one I'm not supposed to smell ... the strong distinctive perfume of privet in full flower. I guiltily found my way down to look at what was outside the fence at the back of the property ... we have two street frontages but never enter or leave by the back which is masked from the street by a tall fence and there is quite a steep bank down to the street. I found a jungle down there. My hustband said, "The council owns that land, not us." Not guilty according to him. Reflection : Numbers 14:18 (New International Version) 'The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.'


I'm ashamed to admit that this photo was taken in my rose garden! The poor rose bushes were struggling to put their nose above this tall grass. I weeded that garden bed this weekend ... whew. Reflection : Romans 1:16 (New International Version) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Seeing good

I think this is the prettiest of all the azaleas in the garden. I cut a branch and put it in a vase and also picked some the buttercups too ... might as well enjoy them even though they are weed. Reflection: Ephesians 1:18 (New International Version) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,