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Monday, October 31, 2011

Strange garden

Tomato fellas contemplating their future
Alien potato clan rescued from down under
Another strange tomato appears
I don't like Halloween, but in our garden this month, some strange creatures appeared. Often God forwarns us of things to come by His creation as well as incidents around us. The shattering of glass myteriously in a door pane, dishes flying out of the cupboard several times this summer caused me to believe this was a warning, either to pray for our family more, to bind Satan's hold on any of us or pray for our country as I see it heading perhaps to a crash and in a wrong direction.
These strange October produce critters were  warning for me as well. Strange lumps appeared in my body and it was determined this last week it is cancer. I am at peace because I know nothing passes by God without his approval. His "peace that passes all understanding" is present and I know he has a greater purpose in this all. I am thankful for the garden and how God uses all things, even strange , for his purposes as well.
"May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at al times and in every way. THe Lord be with all of you." 2 Thess 3:16 NIV
How is God speaking to you through your garden and through things in your life?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

September 11 remembered

Classes at the potting shed, Great Dixter in England 9-11-01 right before we heard

9/10/01 Christopher Lloyd teaching us to not be "subtle"

I remember the morning after 9/11 in England visiting Beth Chatto in her garden. She was quite concerned over our welfare and county and I replied truthfully, "We couldn't be in a better place in times of distress, if not with family, then in your garden,"

 As I place our tomatoes to ripen on our window sill, I remember these at Great Dixter..

We were there for an "in the garden week long seminar" through Horticulture Magazine. I thought this might be a way for my husband and I to get on the same page as far as a common understanding of gardening. Ten years later, we now both garden in harmony. As we wonder about the winds of change in our country, we still know that the very best place to be and to commune with our maker is in the garden. May you find solace there as well, or here from these pages.