“Y” Is For Yarrow

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
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Scripture references;

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18 KJV

Yarrow is a hardy perennial plant with fern-like leaves. It blooms from midsummer into fall. They are heat tolerant, and get to be about 3 feet tall by two feet wide. They come in a number of colors including red, white, pink, and yellow, and look great in a naturalized setting. Give them full sun and well drained soil and they should be happy. They spread by rhizomes, and also self sow seeds. They can be invasive.

They are also sometimes used in herbal medicine. I haven’t read up on it, so I can’t tell you which parts are…

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“X” Is For Xeranthemum annuum

“The Lord wants us to grow up in Him and to multiply. It pleases Him whenever this occurs. All who believe in Him have everlasting life.”

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Everlasting, Immortelle (Xeranthemum annuumm)
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Scripture reference;

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:37-40 KJV

Have you ever heard of “Everlasting Flowers”? I hadn’t. The flower in the picture looked familiar, but there are so many daisy-like flowers…

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“W” Is For Widow’s Tears

“I once read that according to Strong’s Concordance, the Bible provides 697 references for verses associated with crying (weep, cry, tears)…”

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Widow’s Tears (Tradescantia virginiana)
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Scripture reference;

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6 KJV

Tradescantia virginiana is a herbaceous perennial. Its common names are spiderwort, spider lily, day flower, flower-of-a-day, Job’s tears, snake-grass, trinity, trinity lily, and widow’s tears. It is sometimes called spiderwort, because its angular leaf arrangement resembles a squatting spider. The reason it is sometimes called Job’s tears or widow’s tears is that at the end of the day each flower melts into a fluid jelly, like tears. The ones you get from catalogs grow to be 18-24 inches tall, but according to some articles, the wild ones might get three feet tall. They can take both sun and shade. I have seen them at the edge of woods, and along roadsides.

I once read that according to…

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“V” Is For Vinca

“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.”

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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

“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.”

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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

“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.”

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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

“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…)

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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

“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…”

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

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

“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.”

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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

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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/

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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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