Spring Gardening with My Friend

Flinchbaughs' Azaleas and Knock-Out roses

My husband Scott and I are working on gardening again this spring. He enjoys vegetable gardening and I enjoy my rose garden.  This year we’re trying something new—propagating new bushes and trees using clippings from strong plants, a potting mix of peat moss and soil/grit, and hormone growth powder (also called root boost), which is applied to the bottom stem of the clipping and then inserted into the soil.  So far we’ve attempted to start Knock-Out Roses, Fairy Roses, a dark purple Clematis Vine, and two White Cherry Trees.  Let’s just say we’re experimenting and learning a few things as we go.  I’ll keep you posted.The best part of gardening together is the “together” part.  (Scott just wishes I’d be this sentimental about chopping wood with him).  When I bought three new lilac bushes and a butterfly bush (awesome sale at Christmas Tree Shoppe by the way), Scott said, “Give me a plan.  Map it out.”  And so I did. He reworked some of my plan for this reason or that, but in the end we were both satisfied.

I wanted a better plan for vegetable gardening, too.  Then someone passed me an email with an awesome idea for vegetable gardening.  I think we’re going to try it in a few weeks.  You can use the large, flat wooden crates for a raised veggie garden.  (We have a number of these that we use for stacking wood).  Place the crate where you want it for your garden and then pull every other slat off the top.  Fill with dirt, and Whala!  You plant neat little rows of weed-free veggies on either side of the remaining slats.  Cool idea, eh?

You know, God could have put Adam and Eve in the woods, the jungle, the desert, or the seashore.  But God had a larger plan in mind than creating the perfect vacation home for a perfect couple.  God LOVES LIFE!  He loves reproduction, proliferation, and, well, babies.  Today when we want to teach the children in our community, we build a school house.  When God wants to teach his children, he builds a garden.

Scott and I worked for hours on gardening the day before Easter Sunday.  We tried new ideas, planted new plants, and generally made quite a mess in our garage setting all of this up.  You can imagine our delight when we went to church on Easter Sunday and the pastor talked about the four Gardens in the Bible.  We listened with our ears and a few sore muscles.

I’m going to invite that pastor, my brother-in-law, to share his message about gardens with us in an upcoming blog.  (My sister found great pictures for his power point that I’ll share, too).

In fact, this spring I want to share poems, songs, and insights on gardening.  Let’s just say that I pray, “on earth as it is in heaven” to our land and our hearts this spring!

Are you thinking of the same song I’m thinking about?  This song was my precious grandmother’s favorite song.  And since my brother Kenny likes Anne Murray, I’ll share her rendition of “I Come to the Garden Alone”.  (Skip the add after a few seconds).  Have a blessed day!

 

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About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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14 Responses to Spring Gardening with My Friend

  1. Larry Who says:

    This was my dad’s favorite hymn and although he’s been gone for two years, I still can’t listen to it without crying. Dad was a farmer who loved the springtime. For him, there was nothing better than riding all day on his tractor and plowing black dirt. He loved farming.

    Truthfully, I hope this song always makes me cry. He was my hero and now he’s somewhere in heaven cheering for me as a part of the cloud of witnesses.

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    • Larry, the Bible says, “The meek will inherit the earth.” This morning I read in Psalm 25:9, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” Also, concerning gardening the earth: Psalm 25:12What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 13His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. All of this just to say that people who stay close to the soil will discover God. The first man was made of soil/dust. Our bodies return to that form XXX number of years after death. I believe your father’s love of farming and gardening is a tribute to his character. You know, I think that last frame (or next to the last?) of the You Tube video below was for you. Did you see the pic of the farmer on that tractor?
      :

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  2. markssong says:

    You’ve caused me to look in my archives again and I’ve plucked something from the vine of my 1995 garden. I’ll be sending another one when I find it, called “Back to the garden”.

    “God’s garden”

    We have all been planted in God’s garden here on Earth. His garden has been the same for generations and will be for generations to come. We can spend our time waiting for the rain to fall
    or we can dig our roots deep into the fertile soil that God has put us in.
    There is water in the depths that will make us grow – go deeper. Enjoy your time here. Listen to God’s birds sing – they’ll sing to you for free. Listen to the wind , blowing through the trees – they play a song for you. Listen to the joy and innocence of children playing – they’ll play with you. Spend some time away from the television or computer screen and sit and watch the Sun set. Wake up early and watch the sun rise. Rest in the faith and joy that the sun will rise again tomorrow, in God’s garden, where the Son has risen.

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    • Well said, Mark–well written, actually! There is much to be discovered in the birds, trees, children, sunset, and sunrise. Bless you for sharing here. If you find anymore of these thoughts on gardens/gardening, please do share! Love it.

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      • markssong says:

        Thank you Hope. I’ve posted the one I was looking for. My dead external drive came back to life and I was able to move it over. This can also be read with a photo I’ve included at my WordPress site. Blessings to you.

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      • EVERYONE! Mark tells us he posted something but didn’t tell us how to get there. PLEASE click on the purple highlighted words by Mark’s picture: markssong.
        That click will take you to Mark’s blog where he posted his thoughts on gardening and God. Mark, that’s quite a cool post.

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  3. David says:

    First, on the practical side:
    You and your readers may like a publication that my mom and I enjoy, actually two: Birds and Blooms and Birds and Blooms Extra. They alternate issues, one a month. If you like ideas of what others have done in their garden and enjoy bird watching then you’ll probably enjoy these two. You can check out their website: birdsandblooms.com

    Now on the spiritual side, I remember that hymn from when I was a kid, much too long ago. I’m assuming we sang it in church but can’t say for sure since that would be somewhere around 60 plus or minus years ago. Where does the time go??? Shepard Smith referred to the Apollo 13 mission which was 42 years ago, and that’s shocking to me that it’s been that long. There’s some trees I’m looking forward to seeing in the New Jerusalem. Is that the last garden you’re referring to? I can think of Eden and Gethsemane, but am not sure of the others. Memory is the first to go, you know, when you get older! Ha, ha, ha.

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    • You know, David, I just LOVE IT that you mingled the natural and spiritual side of gardening in your reply here. And Birds & Blooms is a mag I’ve been wanting to subscribe to for a couple of years. I think you just inspired me to take that step and get the mag. I’ve seen it lying around at a lake house where we vacation. Anyway, thanks for that.

      The spiritual side–well, I’m strong on Eden and the garden of the New Jerusalem, but lack some luster on the other two. I’m going to bring my sister and brother-in-law into this mix tomrrow with a guest blog. Ron jolted my thinking a bit when he spoke on this on Easter Sunday. So glad Scott and I visited and enjoyed my sister Diddie’s cooking after church that day. So stay tuned. I’m going to let Ron’s blog fill in the blanks here tomorrow!

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  4. Larry Who says:

    Although I drove a tractor at six years of age and helped Dad in the fields from that time until I graduated from high school, I was never a farmer or gardener at heart. I wanted to be a filthy rich entrepreneur with a boatload of money. Farmers in the 1960’s worked in the dirt and were paid dirt, too.

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    • markssong says:

      “Back to the Garden”

      There is a Garden – a beautiful Garden
      A Garden where you can go everyday
      It’s there in the spirit – a pure heart is near it
      A Garden you’ll live in one day

      Back to the Garden – where Jesus is waiting
      He’s waiting to show you where you came to be
      Waiting to be with you – waiting to walk with you
      There in the cool of the day
      Back to the Garden where nothing is hidden
      Where all that we needed was there on a tree
      A tree that turned sinfulness into salvation
      Back to the Garden of Eden

      So come back to the Garden – where Jesus is waiting
      He’s waiting to show you where you came to be
      Waiting to be with you – waiting to walk with you
      There in the cool of the day

      A Garden of fragrances – Aromas of promises
      Aromas that lead you to words you should pray
      Your heart beats are dances – your spirit romances
      The songs that the Garden of fragrances plays

      Back to the Garden where nothing is hidden
      Where all that we needed was there on a tree
      A tree that turned sinfulness into salvation
      Back to the Garden of Eden

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    • Smiling here. The first (and last) time I drove a tractor, my dad wanted to clear rocks off of a field so we could plant field corn there for our horses. I was about 13 and I wanted to show the teen guy who was driving that I could drive as well as he could. (Besides, I was tired of throwing all those heavy rocks up on the band wagon.) Well . . . I drove to the end of the field while my dad and brother and friend threw rocks up on the band wagon. I got to the end of the field and tried to turn. Above the roar of the tractor I heard shouting and saw my dad flailing his arms. Next thing I knew, my dad and friend were up on the tractor with me. I nearly turned the whole thing over as I turned downhill. They were totally rattled. I wondered what got into them. I got off the tractor and stood back. Oh, dear. I bent the tongue (the hitch) into an L shape. So much for farming! I went back to helping my grandmother with her rose garden. 🙂

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