The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. ~Isaiah 40:8
Do you recall the photo above that I post in the spring of this year? Yes, it's the plants we pot in the hopes that all of them will thrive and provide enjoyment for us throughout the summer and into the fall.
So, how are these beauties doing today? Shall we have a look?
The hydrangea, then and now -
Yes, it did bloom beautifully for several months, but as the flowers passed their prime, we did some pruning back in August. The leaves are still green and vibrant as ever. Hope prevails for a return of blossoms next spring.
Look how these two impatiens varieties have change over the summer months -
They certainly have thrived, and show no sign of quitting when it comes to producing flower buds. We expect them to last until the first hard freeze.
Remember the sedum?
Not too much growth difference here. Unfortunately, for reasons we can't fathom, one of the sedums gave up the ghost back in July. But the other one has, fortunately, survived.
The Virginia creeper has, perhaps, shown the most stunning growth over the months.
Don't you love how these tendrils are now draped over the edge of the pot? Can't wait to see if the leaves continue to turn colors as the fall progresses.
But as I mentioned above regarding the one sedum plant, our Christmas Fir and the Petunia Amore bite the dust.
How lovely they were! Again, there's no rhyme or reason why these particular plants would fail, but as Danny and I are out of town much of the summer due to my mother's illness and subsequent passing, it could have been any number of factors that cause their demise.
That being said, we are thankful for the plants that still grace our deck, bringing cheer and delight to us on a daily basis.
We know they won't last forever. Nothing in creation ever does. But the Word of God stands eternally, and in that knowledge, there is comfort beyond understanding.
His is the everlasting Garden, always growing, ever flourishing.