Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In All Their Splendor


Matthew 6:28-29
"And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the flowers of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."

Yes, I know I'm late to the party this year.  Usually, my husband, Danny, and I select flowers for our deck in April, and here it is, May, and we finally, finally get around to purchasing and planting them.


Those of you who have followed this blog for some time already know that our house is tucked away in the forest, so our deck receives more shade than sun.  That limits plant choices somewhat, but I think the blooms we choose this year are already stunning.

The tried and true Double Impatiens are, of course, included in the mix.



Pretty in pink, don't you think?

Despite our begonias turning into "begone-ias" last year, we take another chance on them.  They aren't an overly dramatic plant, but beautiful still the same.



We decide to take a risk on two new, to us, shade-tolerant plants.  This one is called the Summer Wave Bouquet.



Isn't it elegant?  The blossoms' shape reminds me of Morning Glories.

This delicate plant is called Aretes Upright.  Odd name, for sure, but a delight for the eyes, nonetheless.



All of these beauties promise to bloom until autumn, which doesn't arrive here in Georgia until late October/early November.  I'm so looking forward to the months ahead where, every day, when I sit on our deck, these flowers, in all their splendor, will remind me of how wondrous God's creation truly is.

Amen!

20 comments:

  1. All I can say is I'm glad you and Danny are the ones with the plants. My finger is black. Hope they bloom and treat you both to a wonderful summer and fall.

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    1. Thanks, Bill! I sure hope they do, too.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. The world is charged with the grandeur of God. (Gerald Manley Hopkins).

    You are clever knowing all the names of the different plants and flowers. To me they are all either flowers, leaves or food.

    God bless you always.

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  3. I wish I could lay claim to being clever, Victor, but I read the info on the little tags that come with the plants. Lol! And thanks so much for sharing that quote from Hopkins - lovely!
    Love and blessings!

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  4. These are beautiful! I've never tried planting pretty flowers (really!) but took a chance last week and bought an Alamanda. The first two days all 'her' blooms fell off, but I've moved her outdoors and am pushing fluids. Fingers crossed!

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    1. I'll be cheering for your Alamanda, Mevely! Sometimes it is finding the correct location for a plant that makes all the difference.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Very pretty! Do let us know how the grow for you and share some photos in a few weeks!

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    1. I definitely will, Terri. Might be closer to the end of July before I post some photos, though.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Beautiful, Martha. It will be fun to watch them grow. I love how they remind us of the beauty of our Creator. Would you believe that two nights ago, my husband had to cover our flowers and tomato plants? There was frost on the rooftops in the morning! Oh, how they need more sunshine and warmth, like I do! Even today, it's still rainy and only in the 40s. I hope it's warmer where you live! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Wow, Trudy, it sounds like you're struggling to keep winter at bay, and I'm praying spring comes soon for you, my friend. We are here in Georgia, but last week, we did have morning temps in the 50s - very unusual for this time of year. However, the 90s are staring us in the face for the next week or so. Summer is here, and will be there for you, too, sooner than you think! The flowers and tomatoes will be thriving.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Martha, your plants are stunning--revealing God's amazing creative power. There's such amazing beauty in all of God's glorious creation. It's a gift to be able to worship the Creator of the beauty all around us, rather than the creation.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. A true gift, Kim, to worship the Creator of all things! I am always humbled by His power and glory, displayed in even the seemingly insignificant flora and fauna that exist to give us beauty and conspire to make us focus on our Father in heaven. We are so blessed!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. I love your double impatiens. I wish I had planted some (I guess it's not too late, ha). I just planted my flowers last weekend too (here in Alabama). I love having pots of flowers around!

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    1. Alabama? We're next door neighbors, Lisa! :) No, I don't think it's too late to plant at all. Hope you will!
      Love and blessings!

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  9. All of those blooms look wonderful! I'm sure you will enjoy months of their blooms on your deck! It is wonderful to get the flowers planted and to enjoy months of blooms! Spring blooms are in full swing here too, just love this time of year!

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    1. Yes, Marilyn, isn't spring just the best? Oh, how I love the photos of your garden's progress, and wish I could have one of the same capacity, but where we live, if you have sunlight, the deer will decimate your carefully planted crop unless you erect 10 foot fences all around it. I'll just settle for going to the Farmers' Market. :)
      Love and blessings!

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  10. I'm still laughing and shaking my head in amazement at some of your Virginia quotes in your last post.

    Your flowers are beautiful! I love all the color in my neighborhood right now. Flowers, bushes, trees, all in bloom. But I'm not knowledgeable like you are about all their names and "personalities." Impressive.

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    1. Oh, Galen, I can't take credit for knowing the species - I'm using the Pike Nursery cheat sheets. How ironic, as my father was a botanist! Glad you liked the Virginia sayings, too. She never ceases to amaze me with her precocious observations. Looking forward to spending more time with her this summer now that school is out.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. I love seeing your flowers and you have brighten my dreary cloudy evening. Perhaps someday this very wet spring I will get my flowers in.

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    1. I know spring arrives so much later for you, Jean, than it does for us here in the south. Yes, prayers for drier weather so the crops, and the flowers, can be planted.
      Love and blessings!

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