'Serenus abandoned his home and people to live as a hermit in Sirmiun, Pannonia (modern Hungary) where he directed his thought to prayer, his labour to working a garden of fruit and herbs.
One day he found a woman and her daughters walking in the garden around noon. He recommended they withdraw, and return in the cool of the evening, but the way he said it led her to believe he was simply chasing them out. The woman‘s husband was an imperial guard, and he convinced Emperor Maximian to avenge this imagined insult. Serenus was arrested and brought to trial, but simply repeated what he had said, and was immediately acquitted. However, his demeanor led the judge to suspect that Serenus was a Christian, which was illegal. When questioned about it, Serenus admitted his faith. He was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods; he refused, and was sentenced to death.'
'It has pleased God to reserve me for this present time. It seemed awhile ago as if he rejected me as a stone unfit to enter his building, but he has the goodness to take me now to be placed in it; I am ready to suffer all things for his name, that I may have a part in his kingdom with his saints.'
Hello! My name is Elaine. 37 yrs old. Married. 1 kid. 2 dogs. Live in NC. Can't believe the winter we've been having! I just hope it isn't an inside look into the summer!
We rent our home so we don't have a very large place for a garden. Our herbs are in containers. Last year was our first year with actual veggies but dear hubby used rose food for everything and ALL our plants got burnt! So we've had to restart everything! And he loves his herbs so here's hoping that mistake won't be made again!
I have finally got some of the herb seeds planted! And I woke up ready to work the earth and get it ready. I have to rethink the layout and the plants we intend on putting out. I have some friends who will have us in the tomato and cukes. I'm thinking squash for sure. Maybe some bell peppers. Its hard because I'm the one in the family that will eat any of it but I am only 1 person and can (or should) limit what I eat, kwim?!! has anyone else started on anything? What are you planting?
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden.
Than anywhere else on earth.
(except for the Catholic Mass
I LOVE this poem! Thanks for posting it
One of the things that always gets my heart racing is the smell of the wet earth. Seeing God's fingerprints on every one of His creations is a tremendous grace. Not being able to work in the yard yet has made me all the more appreciative of the beauty of simply observing the plants and weather of the changing seasons. His handiwork heals the heart.
I'm no landscaping expert, but a few things that are important are different heights & since the eye reads from right to left (unless you're planting an oriental garden), it's good to plant the tallest plants/shrubs & flowers to the right & back of your garden space.
My own taste dictates a "break" in the color.....so I use different shades of green for that. Sedum & perrenial vinca vines flow over the rock borders of my beds & this year I'm thinking of interspersing some sedum mounds within the bright colored petunias, zinnias, marigolds & straw flowers. The greenery gives the eye a place to "rest".
Thanks for the great advice. I'm so busy working on the hardscaping for my yard, that I often forget to carefully consider the planting design. I can't wait to get started this year! (I've had to wait for my hand to heal and regain some strength.)
It's NOT. We had spring for a week & now it's just cold & rainy. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have a garden in Colorado. We start planting potatoes in March, (MUST have some in on St. Pat's day) peas, lettuce, radishes in early April & have the complete vegetable garden in before the first of June. Which means that we are usually picking peas in early June.
My husband is doing most of the veggies this year, while I do the flowers. He is so funny. We lived on a farm for 25 yrs. & I had 1/2 acre for vegetable garden. I usually canned 75-100 quarts of green beans, froze peas & corn, made canned relish, etc., ETC. Since we had a grocery budget of $40. per week & 4 children......this really helped out. He worked in town & farmed & really never paid much attention to the garden. NOW, I have to go out & look at his garden almost every day & as soon as the first pea is ready to pick, he'll be calling all of his friends.
Already harvesting in June! That is possible in Colorado for some lettuces and other cold crops, but only if one is careful about where the plants are placed. I read that the feast of St. Isadore (patron saint of farmers and gardeners) is on May 15, so that would be a good day to prepare the garden for planting
Time (past time, really) to get my sweet pea to bed