Saturday, July 10, 2010

Garden Whispers

The garden was calling me today and so I stepped outside
to see what it wanted.

I didn't think it was water, it rained yesterday and all the hanging
pots got a drink last night.

I waited patiently, enjoying the moment to clear my head and
not think about all the things I need to do today.

I heard the buzzing of the bees and saw the flitting
of the dragon flies.  A bird sang it's song up in the tree.

But then, somewhere in the coneflower it became apparent
that something was wrong.

There is a visitor in the garden and not a flower
is pleased at the arrival of this guest.

The Japanese Beetle has come to town and is 
planning a large family reunion.

The roses and the hollyhocks wished me farewell as they
will be the first to go.  A reminder that while we remain
on this side of heaven, there will always be the unwanted
mixed in with the breathtakingly beautiful.

May we pause among the flowers today and thank God for the blessings in our lives.



  1. Renee, this is such a charming post. Your flowers are gorgeous, even with the unwanted visitors. Seems that that is life.....and when we are in Heaven, the flowers will be even more perfect!!

    Becky :)

  2. Great post Renee. Thinking of you guys today. Let me know if you need anything.

  3. What a lovely way to look at Japanese Beetles! We've been created to expect and need perfection. One of these days, we'll have it again!


  4. Your flowers are beautiful Renee! . . . & I agree - such sweet reminders of God's beauty, His grace, & that it is all His creation, & a part of His perfect plan (even when we can't always see it. . .)
    xo, Bren

  5. You have a gorgeous garden... much work to obtain this kind of beauty! And working against the enemy does not help, and I'm not just talking about the bettles!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Your garden is beautiful! Love all of your pretty hydrangeas. I wish the Japanese beetles would pack up their bags and leave...

    Thanks for entering the give-away.

  7. Renee, your garden is simply breathtaking! Wow! Coneflowers, hydrangeas, hollyhocks .... just so much gorgeousness in one spot. I could actually hear your flowers calling to you.

    Yes, the Japanese Beetles. They arrived here a couple of weeks ago. They have an appetite that just does not stop. Poor flowers. But yet the heart of love looks at them, even in their damaged state, and sees nothing but beauty.

    Sweet Peace to you ....

  8. Your flowers are lovely!
    The Japanese beetles have arrived here in CT also, along with what looks like some type of potato beetle. These must be relatives having their own family reunion, feasting on my day lilies and lemon drops. I guess they think I laid out a banquet table for them?? :0)

  9. Your garden is so beautiful Renee! I see some of the same flowers I have in my own garden, the roses, hollyhocks, daisies and lilies. I just had the neighbor pull out a half dead lilac and I intend to replace it with a hydrangea. Oh how I detest those Japanese beetles!

  10. Oh those japanese Beetles. I hate it when they go on my wash:( Have a wonderful weekend. Your garden is so beautiful. Elma

  11. Beautiful post. Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. This is so true. I love walking outside every day to see what my flower children look like, but some days I'm not pleased with who's been visiting them.

    Your gardens are lovely.

  13. Hydrangeas are my favorite. You have a beautiful garden ~ No wonder you are so peaceful :)

  14. What a beautiful garden and a beautiful post. Such an important reminder that the enemy is on the prowl like a lion ready to devour...I am sad to hear about your father in law...My heart and prayers are with your family. Have a safe journey. Patty


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