Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Master Gardener

Is this an exotic Orchid?

A prized Hybrid Rose?

A Blue Ribbon-winning Daisy?

A rare, lacy flower grown in an English garden?

The answer to all of those questions is, of course, "No."

The "exotic Orchid" is a Honeysuckle blossom, which can be found in abundance this time of year growing along rural fence rows and ditches ...

I found the "prized Rose" growing on the side of a country road near Vicksburg, its tangled vines climbing high up into the trees overhead ...

I was delighted with such colorful lagniappe, and braved the tall grass, ant beds, and briars to capture the beautiful little clusters of roses up close.

The "Blue Ribbon Daisy" was in the midst of this little clump of wild daisies growing around a bend and down the road from the wild roses ...

And that lacy flower wasn't growing in a fancy English garden. It, too, was on the side of the road, towering above a patch of red clover ...

This time of year, most gardens are at their loveliest, carefully tended by flower and plant lovers all over the world ... but none of them, no matter how grand and lush, can hold a candle to God's gardens. He is truly the Master Gardener of all time — and His gardens are open year-round, 24/7, and there's no charge for the tours. I hope you will visit one near you soon.

8 comments:

racheld said...

That's such a sweet post, and I think exactly that way---I'm of the opinion that the Lord created them ALL as flowers, and only when people put their opinions in, were some of them called "weeds."

Lovely on this cloudy day.

Deb said...

my favorite kind of garden....great photos...

Jenni said...

The photo of the honeysuckle brings back memories of it growing all along the creek bank beside my grandparents' house during my growing years..... such a sweet scent would fill the air!

And you are so right! Only the Master Gardener could create such beauty.... and He tells us in His Word that if He cares for the lilies of the field, and the little sparrows that fall from the nest... He cares even more for US!

What a Promise! thanks for the post today, dear blogging friend,
Jenni

Tonja said...

What a beautiful post! And, it's true...the gardens that The Creator plants have the best selection of colors and differing varieties. Honeysuckle is so often thought of as a weed, but to me it is beautiful. And, the smell is as fresh and clean as can be!

littlethingsoflife said...

I wish Blogspot had a "LIKE" button! I just don't have time to write long comments right now, but just hate to close your page without saying SOMEthin' !!! So every once in a while I may just say "LIKE"!! and hope you won't think I'm rude by not saying more. ;)

Your photography is so beautiful, and your thoughts always add an extra dimension.

I hope y'all don't have any more bad weather the next couple of days...things are still unsettled across the Southeast!!

((((Hugggs))) from Little Things...

PAT said...

These are all simply gorgeous shots of beautiful flowers, Janie.

I will watch for the honeysuckle to bloom, down by the creek and try to get a few shots.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Love to smell honeysuckle, we used to have a 7 Sisters wild rose growing on the fence at the old farm when I was little and the wild Queens Ann Lace is my favorite, MS is blessed with some of the most beautiful wild flowers.

Stacey said...

I can just snell that honeysuckle now. It's one of the most wonderful smells of all.