Raina Colette (My very first college descriptive essay…)

Scripture reference;

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV

About a week ago I got back my very first descriptive essay that I wrote for my “Composition I” class.  I got a “B-“. I am a first semester freshman who still has much to learn. Perhaps my writing will become more beautiful in time, too. :)

We were taken out behind the library on our campus. It is a lovely campus. It is about 100 years old. The buildings are brick with beautiful columns like so much of the architecture in the South. Even the newer buildings were constructed in such a way that they would complement them. The grounds are so pretty…green grass and pretty trees…oaks, magnolias, and a few others.


Here is a picture of the rear entrance to the ATU Library and the crepe myrtle to which this essay is devoted.

Raina Colette

And here is a close-up photo of a Crepe Myrtle like Raina Colette:

close-up of a crepe myrtle limb

crepe myrtle limb


Our instructor told us to pick our own tree, give it a name, and use personification, and also to appeal to the five senses as much as possible. Below is my essay:

Raina Collette

A short distance from the rear entrance to the ATU Library there stood one of a number of young Crepe Myrtles that had been selected as a foundation planting. Although she looked much like the others when viewed from a distance, she possessed her own unique charm that was cordial, sanguine, and vivacious at closer inspection.  Her graceful, fountain-like shape assumed that of those southern belles one might encounter at a cotillion, while her soft pink plumes were reminiscent of the French lilac, whereas lacking the sweet, heady fragrance of the latter.  As the afternoon breeze sifted through her dark green leaves, she shivered with delight. She was no giant like many oaks, nor ostentatious like a magnolia in full bloom, but she managed to make her presence known in that way many young ladies with proper upbringing usually master by the arrival of summer.  Any thoughtful onlooker would be compelled to call her Raina Collette.

The five strong and sinewy branches that comprised her trunk reached upward and outward with confident anticipation like the graceful arms of a ballerina that had been poised for a pirouette. Each one had its own distinct contours and curves that might be appreciated as a natural piece of sculpture worthy of display. The tawny bark was smooth to the touch, as if it had been sanded to a fine-textured finish. Although Raina’s branches were slender, they were like the limbs of an accomplished dancer. They would never have been considered frail.

Raina’s leaves were shaped like a mouse’s ear, and at that time of the year were an attractive deep green with delicate veins, but they were not her focal point. However, they remained content to keep their humble place while Raina was in bloom, and waited their turn. Their time to show off would come later in autumn when they would make their debut in stunning shades of red and orange.  Still, they did manage to draw a little attention. They cheerfully sang the light notes of a chorus as the wind, their gentle maestro, conducted them.  Their song was a soft serenade that would soothe the minds of its small audience on their afternoon breaks outdoors. It could be heard just outside the door of the building, but took one far away from the stress and agitation that is sometimes found in the workplace.

It is true that Raina had a number of beautiful features, but all summer long her blooms were her glory that she wore like a crown.  Covered with an array of luscious blooms in a light shade of pink that was the color of strawberry frosting, she was a striking vision of loveliness. Each of her plumes was comprised of an abundance of tiny, delicate, and ruffled, blossoms that were crinkled like crepe paper.  Some might say that they had no fragrance, but if one were to inhale deeply at the right time of day, they might detect a light fragrance with just a hint of sweetness, but never overpowering. After all, Raina was a lady.

In my humble estimation, Raina Colette truly was all that her name implied.  From her head down to her toes she held all of those captivating qualities that never fail to entice, yet she still was a young lady of discretion and grace. She carried herself with a warm, gentle, and optimistic air. She had an ability to draw a person out of himself/herself without failing to share just enough to cause one to linger awhile under her enchanting spell. Time spent with Raina was time well spent. Her hospitality provided a pleasant afternoon respite that would surely re-energize, and even inspire anyone who might have been suffering from fatigue, boredom, or even frazzled nerves. I am, and forever will be both pleased and grateful to have made her acquaintance.

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“V” Is For Vinca

Moore to ponder:

“Sometimes it is hard to tell one flower from another. We can’t always tell much about people either. The Lord knows it all, and He has made it possible to know Him. He is always truthful and merciful.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

Annual Vinca (Catharanthus roseus)
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Scripture reference;

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100 KJV

Annual vinca is a long blooming sun loving tender perennial plant. It won’t survive a frost, so it must be treated as an annual in places that have cold winters. It comes in shades of red white, pink and lavender. Its common names are Madagascar…

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“U” Is For Ursinia

Moore to ponder:

“When I look at these orange flowers I am reminded of how the Lord brings beauty and light into the world. I am also reminded that He dwells in those who believe in Him, and transforms them into His beautiful image allowing His light to shine through them. No matter where they are or what they might be experiencing, He will be with them and in them bringing beauty to their situation.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

daisy-363307_1280Parachute Daisy (Ursinia cakilefolia)
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Scripture reference;

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Psalm 48:1-2 KJV

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:…

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“T” Is For Toad Lily

Moore to ponder:

“I know that it was a solemn occasion when Adam and Eve hid from the Lord, but I like to think of the Lord walking among the trees in shady places in the cool of the day. I sometimes think about that when I am in my shade garden.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)
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Scripture reference;

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And theLord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:8-9 KJV

I like to keep my eye out for plants that bloom in the shade, because I have a lot of shade on my property. From what I have read they like moist humus rich soil and shade or partial shade. They get to be 2-3 feet tall and wide, are supposed to be easy to grow, and have an exotic look to them sort of like orchids.

I know that it was a solemn occasion when Adam and Eve hid from the Lord…

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“S” Is For Sunflower

Moore to ponder:

“If I ever doubted as a child that God was real, it must have been only for a moment. I remember thinking of God in literal physical terms when I was little as I learned songs like “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. I would try to picture how big He was…)

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L)
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Scripture reference;

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 KJV

I can remember as a child wondering how a sunflower could be real, because it was so big.

If I ever doubted as a child that God was real, it must have been only for a moment. I remember thinking of God in literal physical terms when I was little as I learned songs like “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. I would try to picture how big He was.

I no longer think of Him as a great big giant, but I do still believe He is very big in all of His attributes, and all of His power.

“Sunflowers” by…

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“R” Is For Rose

Moore to ponder:

“At this moment I am thinking about restoration. Spring is a time when all of the flowers that were gone in the winter begin to reappear. They serve as reminders that nothing is impossible with our loving God. Sometimes seeds from other places wind up in our yards and sprout pretty plants that give us joy…that comfort us regarding plants that have died…”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

Close up of my Lady Elsie Rose (Rosa ‘ANGelsie’)

Lady Elsie Rose growing in front of my Nikko Blue Hydrangeas (not yet in bloom)
Close up of my Lady Elsie Rose (Rosa ‘ANGelsie’)
Side view of my Lady Elsie Rose (Rosa ‘ANGelsie’)
Close up of my Lady Elsie Rose (Rosa ‘ANGelsie’)

Can you tell that I really love these roses?

When you look at the picture of them in front of the hydrangeas you are seeing two rose shrubs. These pictures were taken in 2010. Since then, one of them died during a hot summer a few years ago when I neglected to water them well. One day (Lord willing) I will replace it.  :)

Scripture reference;

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and…

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“Q” Is For Quince

Moore to ponder:

“Blooming is such an interesting thing to think about. Spring and summer are the seasons that probably have the most blooming occurring, but there isn’t a season that doesn’t have some kind of blooming taking place. Some blooms are hardly noticeable while others are showy and demand our attention.”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)
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Scripture reference;

“28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon theLord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV

I have seen Flowering Quince growing in people’s yards. It blooms early (late winter to early spring), and before it puts out its leaves. Many varieties (especially older ones) produce edible fruit. It grows to…

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“P” Is For Peony

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

This beautiful sketch was done by “The Crazy Bag Lady”. I really enjoy viewing her sketches, and reading about her travels. Here is the link to the post where you can read about this sketch:  https://bulanlifestyle.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/sketch-of-the-day-no-562-in-my-moleskine-artjournala-jar-of-beautiful-peony-flowers-with-positivequote-love-is-the-flower-youve-got-to-let-grow-john-lennon/


Peonies (Paeonia)
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Scripture reference;

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any…

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“O” Is For Oleander

Moore to ponder:

“Why would a righteous God want us when we are so utterly sinful? He wants us, because He loves us. He will cleanse us, and purify us if we respond to His call, and answer. We require constant care, but He has promised to care for us. Aren’t you glad? I am…”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

Oleander (Nerium oleander)
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Scripture reference;

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 KJV

“9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

20 These are the things which defile a…

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“N” Is For Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Moore to ponder:

“Christians are like hydrangeas. They progress through the seasons of life, and experience many kinds of weather, but they continue to look to Jesus as they study the Bible, and continually call out to Him in prayer. The Lord prizes us the same way I prize my hydrangeas…”

Originally posted on Serenaded Softly:

These are Nikko Blue Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) that I have growing in my backyard. The ones in the bottom picture next to the pie are cuttings I took to decorate a table.

Scripture reference;

“17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 3:17-18 KJV

I have lots of hydrangeas. I planted them along the foundation of my house on both the north and the east sides. Their leaves get to be really big, and their flowers are like big pompoms. Some flower books call them mop heads. The blooms start out green, and then slowly turn white. Next they start to show blue…

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“M” Is For Mock Orange Shrub

Moore to ponder:

As I was looking at the pictures of my mock orange blossom I was reminded of the Bible verses I have shared. Our God is the master of transformation.

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These are photos of my Mock Orange Shrubs (Philadelphus Coronarius).

Scripture reference;

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:7-10 KJV

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 KJV

The Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub that quickly grows to be about 10 feet tall and wide. It enjoys full sun and well drained soil, but will tolerate…

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