Mary’s Garden

 

Common Name/Religious Name:

Hollyhock/St. Joseph’s Staff, Pansy/Our Lady’s Delight, Bleeding Heart/Mary’s Heart, Columbine/Our Lady’s Shoes, Primrose/Our Lady’s Keys, Black Eyed Susan/Golden Jerusalem, Cornflowers/Mary’s Crown, Cosmos/St. Michaels’ Flower, Petunia/Our Lady’s Praises, Zinnia/The Virgin, Gladiolus/Ladder to Heaven, Geranium/Gentle Virgin, Daffodil/Mary’s Star, Lily of the Valley/Our Lady’s Tears, Peony/Pentecost Rose, Tulip/Mary’s Prayer, Rose/Emblem of Mary.

A Mary Garden is a collection of plants and flowers that have specific “Mary names” or religious names in addition to their botanical and common names.

John S. Stokes Jr. was the founder of the Mary’s Gardens movement, which started in 1951 to promote the creation of Mary Gardens and to connect gardeners of all skill levels. Proposed first for home gardens, Mary Gardens soon became fixtures at schools, parishes, burial plots, institutions, and shrines.  As outreach was an important aspect of the movement, Stokes wrote, designed, and compiled gardening guides and garden plans to encourage people to plant Mary Gardens, promoting them as prayerful, religious works of stewardship, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, meditation, and commitment for God’s artistry in creation.

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if you hear an onion ring, answer it!

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There’s a tidge of spring in the air.

And here in the Northeastern part of America we are holding a hopeful-breath that perhaps…

Punxsutawney Phil was WRONG!

(#gasp #poorphil)

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, officials said, prompting a declaration of six more weeks of winter. The groundhog is seen here at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Alex Wong/Getty Images

I am certain our local greenhouse departments are seeing a surge of individuals, strolling through the aisles with songs of ‘garden-planting’ dancing in their heads.  Of course, here along Lake Erie, no one dares to even consider planting any fragile plants into the earth until at the very earliest late May or early June. Continue reading “if you hear an onion ring, answer it!”

little worry bird!

it’s the monday giggles….

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fruit

cheese

beer.

jelly

cream cheese

fear.

sets in to meet thee.

(hee-hee, i can find nothing good to eat, and it’s almost morning!)

so just

close the rectangular door

and remember it’s night;

in the morning there will be plenty

in the garden

to feed we!

hugs n’ home-grown blessings to sustain thee!

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? …So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself… Matthew 6:26 & 34  

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