|Master from the Upper Rhine|
The Garden of Paradise (Detail)
Frankfurt a.M., Germany
When we lived in Germany, we only had a balcony. We planted lots of flowers in containers. I fondly remember planting sunflowers with our oldest who was not even two. The memories that I have made getting dirty and planting flowers are endless.
It comes as no surprise then, that I ripped out the sod from a large part of our suburban backyard in the spring of 2011 to plant a garden. I just wanted a small garden with a few veggies and a few flowers. In 2012, we expanded this little garden and grew a few more things. It is not surprising that this spring, we have plans to expand a little more. We did some spring clean up, moved a few things around and already used some of our bank points to trade in for gift cards for local nurseries. We don't have a lot of money to buy flowers, so the gift cards are great. I also got a great deal from an online catalogue to purchase flowers that are common to the area, but not usually available to purchase locally. I can hardly wait for them to arrive.
|Virgin with a Rose Trellis|
Museé de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame
We bought a statue last spring and gave it a place of honor. We planted a few flowers from seed and purchased a few with gift cards. We learned the meanings of some of the more popular Marian flowers and made a home school worksheet for Maria. Then the baby came in August. We didn't plant any spring bulbs, nor cover our precious tea rose (which died on us as a result). We let nature do it's thing and decided to worry about it in the spring.
|Morden Ruby Rose|
Unfortunately, I haven't taken any pictures of the garden since we planted anything. Here is a picture from our garden in July of 2012. It was very fruitful and lush. I am toying with the idea of doing a weekly Marian garden flower post. I would highlight one of Mary's flowers each week and share pictures. I just need to squeeze it in somehow. I am not a very good blogger in that regard. Life happens and I blog less.
I am going to leave you with a really beautiful quote that I found. It is written my Rev. James J. Galvin,
"Gardens should pray! Gardens should remind children of their mother. Gardens should be holy places that keep minds as fresh and unsullied as Madonna lilies. Gardens should chime with names that ring like the Litany of Loreto. And gardens, if they are truly Mary Gardens, will naturally lead to Christ."