Blooms and Blessings

IMG_3390 Blue Flax

Blue Flax

 

I learned a new word the other day…Evanescent…..it came from the dailypost photo challenge. It seems I have heard this word, but never in a sentence where it actually seemed to have a meaning.

I actually looked it up to make sure I would know what it meant….temporary….things that fade away….fleeting. There are so many things that fit into that category.

The blue flax plant I have is a definitely an evanescent plant. Every day it blooms…. profusely….every night the petals all fall to the ground where they lay a carpet of bluish purple petals. The first time I noticed this I was kind of worried that the thing was dying. The next morning it was once again loaded with flowers!

When I looked around my yard at all my flowers  I know I had better enjoy them now….while they are beautiful. Come winter, they will once again disappear for a season. (yes, I know, it seems winter is in the very distant future….but in this part of the country you just know it will be back!) They are seasonal, they are temporary.

Today I am going to share some of my wonderful, beautiful, very temporary flowers with you.  The purple spikes originally came from my Grandma’s flower garden. When she passed away; we all got to take pieces of her perennials. She always called this one Veronica and I cherish them because of where they came from.

IMG_3391 A Perennial from Grandma's Garden

Grandma also used to have Bleeding hearts in her garden. I never did get one of those from her but I found this white one on a clearance rack at a garden center and just couldn’t pass it up. It was so close to dying so many times…but here it is blooming!

IMG_3394 Bleeding Hearts

The fact it lived and is blooming restores my faith in so many things. It seems like a message to never give up, to  give yourself time and you will surely find your way and become something beautiful that will bless others.

I have also been known to scavenge for my perennials. The iris were found growing in a ditch where there used to be a homestead. It seemed too sad to just leave them there with no one to appreciate them any longer.

 

My husband helped me dig some of them out and transfer them to our farm place. Every year I get to enjoy their beautiful blooms.

The hosta was given to me by my mom. She had to split hers as it was getting too big for the space it was in. She asked if I wanted pieces of her different varieties……I have a feeling she knew I would never turn down perennials!

IMG_3404 Hostas

I love the cool green foliage of hostas. I love the fact they flourish in places where other flowers don’t. They do well in the shady, dark places…..places where the sun is dimmed.

There is a lesson in there somewhere. Even when times are less than sunny we can flourish. Even when life seems dry and dark….we can survive. We can not only survive, we can flourish, we can be a blessing to those around us.

So many things, like flowers, are temporary. So much of what we do may seem temporary, like flower blooms, but in reality have far-reaching effects. It is good to remember that we can flourish where we are. It is good to remember that we even when the day seems to be a total loss….the next day we have the chance to bloom again!

Years ago I heard a song by Don Moen called “When It’s All Been Said And Done.” I love the lyrics of this song. It speaks of the temporary and it speaks of the eternal. May you be as blessed by it as I have been.

When it’s all been said and done
There is just one thing that matters
Did I do my best to live for truth?
Did I live my life for you?

When it’s all been said and done
All my treasures will mean nothing
Only what I’ve done for love’s reward
Will stand the test of time

Lord, your mercy is so great
That you look beyond our weakness
And find purest gold in miry clay
Turning sinners into saints.
Hallelujah

And I will always sing your praise
Here on earth and ever after
For you’ve shown me heavens, my true home
When it’s all been said and done
You’re my life when life is gone…

Don Moen

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20 thoughts on “Blooms and Blessings

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Faye
    I loved your post- it touched my heart. So many things in our lives are evanescent and we need to appreciate them while they are here. No regrets tomorrow. Also the lyrics of the song- so meaningful.
    My mother is in hospital at this moment and this post reflected so much with me.
    Thank you.
    Susie

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  2. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Ohhh Chicken, this is just SO lovely.

    Evanescent is one of my favourite words. It looks nice. It sounds nice. And, I think personally, that it speaks of God.

    Although we all think we are long lived … I think we too are evanescent. We are here …. and then we’re gone. And in the great scheme of things, we really aren’t here for too long, so we should experience life in ways that perhaps we currently don’t.

    Hostas…. Ohhhhh at our old cottage I couldn’t grow these for love nor money. Not because I ‘couldn’t’ grow them … but more because I could, but the snails were of the belief that I was growing them salad, and so they ate them all. In one night, two largish hostas were reduced to a lump in the soil where the roots were.

    Now we are in our new home, and finally sorting out the garden at the rear of our cottage, I’m hoping big time that Hostas will be in the garden, but not on the snail menu.
    Mr. Cobs says that he will put Hostas in some big pots for me, and run copper tape all around the middle (outside) of the pots to stop snails from climbing up the sides and getting my plants. I say that’s a great idea!

    Love the words to the song …. it’s a perfect finish to a great post.
    love ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We are just on this earth for a short breath and a heartbeat, aren’t we?
      I am sorry to hear the sad tale of your hosta growing experience! Hopefully this place will not be as bad. I think we get too cold in the winter for slugs to live around here…..now just watch…next week I will probably see some eating my vegetables and flowers! I found this online somewhere…maybe it would work for you with slugs :

      Slug Control
      Here’s the fast simple recipe:
      1/2 tsp. Cedarwood Essential Oil
      1/2 tsp. Hyssop Essential Oil
      1/2 tsp. Pine Essential Oil
      1 cup of water
      Directions:
      1. Pour the oils and water into a glass spray bottle (essential oils can corrode plastic bottles) and shake it well.
      2. Spray the mixture directly at slugs, as well as around the areas where you want to keep slugs from.
      Slugs HATE these oils and they’ll go and find someone else’s garden to live in!
      It might not be nice to chase them elsewhere but hmmmm your hostas might look nice!!!
      Isn’t that song just the best? I heard it years ago and every so often the radio station plays it again.
      You have a great weekend Cobs and I hope this finds you feeling some better.
      Chicken Grandma aka Faye

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        OOOOooo, thank you for the magic recipe for making slugs holiday somewhere else! I might well give that a go.

        Thank you for the good wishes Faye. They’ve seen something on the two sets of x-rays of my lungs – which were taken about 5 months apart. There is still something, but they’re not sure what it is, but it doesn’t seem to be moving (i.e. getting bigger/smaller) so I have to wait 6 weeks and then go back for more x-rays, so that they can keep an eye on it.

        There are other problems but I won’t bore you to tears with those. However .. I’m trying hard to just do things as normal. I get a little tired every afternoon and end up asleep … so crafting is some days a bit beyond me… but I’m sure things will improve, or I’ll find a different way of doing stuff.
        I’m a warrior – and I never put down my sword nor take off my breastplate, helmet, belt or sandals …. and I’m never parted from my shield of faith. 😉

        Thank you for the recipe. I shall pass this information to Cobs Snr. (lol)
        Sending love ~ Cobs. x

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  3. bcparkison says:

    Isn’t it a good thing that things don’t last very long? If they did we wouldn’t appreciate what we have before us. Every thing would be taken for granted.
    Your photos are really a grand addition to your wonderful blog. More please.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It IS a good thing that things don’t last long….the good and the bad things. I think it might also be good we don’t always know how long things will last. Else we would always be thinking about the end. Not totally sure that makes a lot of sense but it works for my brain.
      I love taking pictures so will keep them coming! Glad you enjoy them.

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  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    Beautiful post Faye. I love your flowers. My husband and I also dig up flowers in road ditches and at old abandoned houses. Never enough flowers. Nice to have flowers to remember loved ones. I have flowers of my mothers’. Loved the lyrics to the song. Never give up – the good days outweigh the bad. Even on bad days there is joy all around us; if we open our eyes and see it. xxx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Peggy. I have also found flowers at the city dump when people clean up their landscaping. I have some perfectly wonderful Stella del Oro daylilies that came from there.
      That song is kind of old but still one of my all time favorites. I think it is because the lyrics remind me of what is really important in this life. And yes good days definitely outweigh the bad and bad days usually send a harvest of blessing at some point.
      Keepin our eyes on the blessings!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      LOL on them being bled dry! To be honest I did not know there were white ones either. When I bought it the plant was only a tiny plant and I thought it was going to be the regular one…and then it bloomed! I have since purchased another one on a sale that is the reddish pink ones.

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  5. Deb says:

    Oh your flowers and plants are gorgeous! I totally get what you mean about winter…I feel the same way when Spring and Summer are here I make sure I pay attention to all the green lush bushes and trees and appreciate every blade of grass. The flowers, birds, bees, mosquitos all things associated with Summer. That’s my favorite time of year. I love that some of your plants come from your Grandma and mother…how special! I have never heard of Evanescent either…I’ve now learned a new word too! xo

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