I love gardening…

 

… taking a seed, or a sapling, or cutting and giving it the right conditions to hopefully bloom.

The Joy it brings to watch the miracle of new creation gather strength and bring forth flower.

So delicate and colourful, intricate and full of beauty.  Sometimes even in it’s simplicity, many times not so.

 

It can give you just the smallest glimpse of just how God may feel as He watches us perhaps? Growing and blooming from a small beginning into something quite extra-ordinary ( I can bet Alece and all Mom’s get this).

Yep – i love gardening!

 

It’s all the trimming and mowing and hedging and sweeping and weeding those fast growing never-ending unwanted bits that can sometimes really get me!

Just why is it that the unwanted weeds in both our gardens and our life grow so vigourously and keep popping up year after year needing constant effort to keep them in check, under control while the things of rare beauty (to human eyes) are so hard to keep sometimes??

 

What is HIS plan in all this? Why is the good stuff the most difficult while the ‘bad’ stuff comes whether we want it to or not (Usually NOT!?)

Would any parent intentionally make it Harder to love them? Easier to be tempted away from them?

 

Why can’t weeds be as beautiful as the flowers – or the flowers as plentiful and vigorous?

 

Any clues gratefully accepted! 🙂

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43 thoughts on “I love gardening…

  1. After 10,000 years, a post at last…

    Friendster, please show us pics of your garden… plants, etc.

    They could give us inspiration as we mull over your questions…

    Will come back and post my thoughts WHEN and only WHEN there are already pics.

    Hehehehehe! 😉

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  2. my quick, i just rolled out of bed, thought…

    when you pull weeds, you turn over the soil. turning over the soil stimulates new growth, refreshes the garden and surrounding areas. i see the same in our lives with sin. when sin is discovered and dealt with, it brings about change as our spirits, minds and thoughts are turned over, stimulated…giving us new opportunity to replace what was removed with something more acceptable.

    yay! new post!!!!

    love you!

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  3. Good post inspiring so many thoughts on gardening, where do I begin?

    My husband gave up on me planting a garden (veggies) last year, so took it upon himself to do it then and this year too.

    Then he hurts his back, so I have to do all the upkeep
    ={ !

    Weeds have been a big issue (especially with planting seed — since you have to wait for everything to come up before recognizing what’s what).

    Weeding is a daily endeavor and I soon found that cutting them off at the top is a never ending process. Unless the root is pulled up, it will be back the next day.
    (Definite spiritual applications there I think =).

    Also, pulling them up by the roots requires pre-watering, especially for those ‘deep rooted’ ones.
    Tilling helps too, and both that and watering is what God requires of us to be ‘fruitful’ (Hosea 10:12) and bring Him joy.

    By the way, a lot of ‘weeds’ produce flowers (and fruit too I guess), they’re just ‘ugly’ to us (probably inedible too tho’) because they’re not what we wanted there.
    God will ‘sort it all out’ in the end tho’ to decide what He did or didn’t want (Mt. 13:24-30 & 36-43). I hope to know that NOW though to stay ‘plowed’, well-watered, weeded, and fruitful (1 Cor. 3:10-15) and avoid unpleasant ‘surprises’ in the end =)!

    D-

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  4. “Why can’t weeds be as beautiful as the flowers – or the flowers as plentiful and vigorous?”

    Flowers must be beautiful because they rely on other creatures, like bees, to help them propagate. They can not, as far as I know, exist on their own. The beauty of flowers also motivate we humans to care for them. Flowers are the prima donnas of the plant world.

    Weeds are tough, independent and wild. They represent the working class of the world. No matter how much you try to beat them down they bounce right back.

    I admire the weed filled “neglected” lawn or garden. That’s nature at work. None of those fancy fertilizers the flowers need. None of the buckets of water for that perfectly manicured lawn grass.

    Love, we are on the same wave lenght today. My post was about the Living Flowers exhibit at the Japanese American Natural Museum, 3 w’s dot janm dot org.

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  5. Tam – I have to agree with both you and Laz – pulling out a weed ( roots and all is the most efficient use of our time and energy) stimulates and promotes new growth… leaving room for improving our ‘self’ in His Will. I also see the relation between garden weeds and the things within us that lead to or are a product of some ‘sin’ within.

    Thank you Darla – it is a lovely Apricot cshade – i don’t know the variety though as it is over 40 years old. I canot say i admire the ‘perfume of this rose however it is vaguely reminiscent of disinfectant! 😯
    Hi Ed… i just wonder why it is that the weeds are the strongest form of life in our ‘choice’ of gardens and if left to their own devices will completely overtake any untended garden/lawn?

    Just why a God who wants the best for his ‘Children’ sees fit to oversee that the least ‘productive’ or ‘rewarding’ growths ( be they of the mind or the garden) are the ones that manifest most vigourously and easily requiring virtually no ‘effort’ on our part to propagate and overwhelm all else without some HARD work?

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  6. I’m late…not sure what’s kept me away…

    mmmm…oh, yeah…a few weeds needed pulling in my garden plot…

    It’s quite hard work, that. Sometimes the roots grow so deep we think we’ve gotten it all just to find a fatter, more stubborn root growing far deeper still.

    “Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.” Hebrews 12:15, The Message

    A root of bitterness as the New American Standard puts it:

    “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…”

    Our bitter roots can defile many…huh…more conviction.

    hmmmm…

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  7. Wild flowers probably grow in any environment where weeds do.

    In the wild these two plants co-exist. My guess is that it’s the flowers and other plants created by the vanity of man that can’t competed with weeds on their own.

    Being vain myself may explain what I have “cultivated” flowers in my house. 🙂

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  8. those roses at the top are beautiful!

    i’ve never been much interested in gardening. my mom is an avid plant-woman. she’s always teased me about my take-it-or-leave-it-ness with plants. but honestly? i just don’t care.

    it’s not that i don’t think some are pretty. i do. some are. but … i just don’t want to have them in my home or yard as one more thing i need to DO. ’nuff said.

    AND i think it must also be said that i often like weeds. dandelions? one of my favorite things. i have great memories with a friend of blowing dandelions together.

    sometimes there’s more beauty and purpose in the weeds of our lives than we see at first glance.

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  9. Thanks everyone for the comments 🙂

    I DO recognise that many ‘weeds’ are in fact quite beautiful to human sensibilities. My question still arises though – of the things we tend to find most beautiful/desirable ( which frequently are NOT ‘native’ to a spcific ‘garden’ – and therein lies my answer i feel) why should it be that God sees fit to ensure an abundance of the things we wish were not ‘there’ and which are the cause of ceaseless effort to literally – ‘weed out’?

    Leesh? As i a child i too was thrilled at finding a dandelion ( from dent de lion or lions tooth, refering to it’s spikey leaves and not as some may suspect it’s big ‘fluffy ‘mane surrounding it’s head) and blowing it to tell the time ( one puff for each ‘o’clock’) 😉

    and i understand how gardening can seem to be something for which more important matters currently have your pressing concern – this may or may not change as you progress in years – who knows? 🙂

    Now – approaching my sixth decade – i see the dandelion as a source of over a THOUSAND more garden-fillling unwanted plants that may have an extremely short lived and bright yellow flower of some temporary beauty and a certain admirable green-ness and vigour but which i happily rip up at the more than ample opportunities my lawn presents for me – HOPEFULLY before the nasty little suckers get a chance to spread another load of a thousand potential plants ( 999 of which were almost guraranteed to find ‘fruit’ in either my or my immediate neighbours lawn?)

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  10. “weeds” are good to exercise our muscles. we must work at pulling them out. right? it takes effort and sometimes a little digging and pulling away of things that might be hiding them.

    same with the weeds in our life, all those things that God “allows”. and why? i dont feel i would appreciate the “goodness” in my life had there not been some weeding to be done. i’ve talked about before how i do not want to become atrophied in my faith, life, walk. if there were never any weeds – that might just happen. i might take the beauty and “ease” for granted. i never want to do that!

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  11. I think like Tam does. Dealing with weeds in both a garden and life is as important a part of the experience as any other part.

    It’s the weeds that present the challenges that when overcome strengthen our faith.

    I would guess that all plants will continue to grow until something stops them. Plants compete with each other for resources, just like people do. Plants make war on ech other, just like people still do.

    I have no expertise or experience in gardening.

    It’s my perception that If you introduce a plant that can’t compete on it’s own with the local weeds they will overwhelm it. Local plants growing in “the wild” have learned how to complete with these weeds.

    If you copy local environmet in your garden the native flowers will thrive as they do in the wild. When you plant a non-native, or greeenhouse grown, plant in your garden it will need your help to be able to survive, which will included killing those nasty weeds.

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  12. Ummmmm I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I im’d you the other day but you weren’t around. I had to leave as I was reallllly sleepy that night. Hope you are well. Love you!

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  13. ok, gardening gurus…what then is the spiritual analogy of my black thumb? I kill every single plant I touch. I even had a friend buy me a bamboo plant b/c they can survive in almost any condition…yep, except for mine. any takers?

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  14. So Love, sitting in church this morning, I came acrossed this “snippet” and thought you might enjoy it. It reminded me of this post. 😉 I have little study sections in my bible (True Identity Bible for Women) and this one was about John 15:5 and was titled “The Gardener” 😉

    Using an agricultural metaphor, Jesus portrayed the integral relationship between the believer, Jesus and the Father. The believer (the branch) grows from Jesus (the true vine) the source of spiritual fruit. God (the gardener) wisely prunes even fruitful branches to produce more fruit.
    God wants you to bear fruit. Just as a gardener trims a healthy plant to maximize growth, your diving gardener is willing to cut away even good things to focus energy on the best things. His use of the pruning shears doesn’t mean he is displeased with your growth; it may mean he is generating greater growth in you.

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  15. Why is it called ‘gangrene’??

    Wouldn’t ‘ganblack’ be much more appropriate? 😳

    My Diving gardener – lololol :lol i’d still have to pull out the sea-weeds!

    There are numerous gardening analogy’s to the Story of Christ Brandy – as well as ‘pruning’ even good (but weak) stuff to maintain and improve vigourous growth and ‘show’ of fruits we also have need to ensure good care and maintenance and watering of the root and weeding – always weeding to ensure that which is UNwanted in ‘us’ does not guild up in us and ‘take over”
    🙂

    I am slowly getting around to the post folks – sighhhh 🙂

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  16. Cath – it may not actually be YOUR problem…. cats are notoriously jealous creatures and may be sabotaging your indoor ( or even the outdoor) plants to ensure you give THEM your undivided loyalty – is Mark insured?? 😯

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  17. so i was thinking. brace yourself. this can always be dangerous.

    you should take pics now of those same flowers above all dead and at least update this entry 😀

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  18. I have a garden full of weeds – they’re called “perennials”. Seriously, I love wildflowers and weeds they almost always produce blossoms. Just remember, a rose bush is a weed if it’s growing in the middle of a cabbage patch.

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  19. Cathi – i must be out of sorts – i have not been my old self lately – have not been my new self either – sadly!

    TT – thanks Dude! is mostly due to my West Aussie climate i think -and reticulation helps ( bore water rich in minerals)

    Tam – not ‘giving up’ i see? Thank you for..you know 🙂

    B4D – when roses grow as fast and as easily as the rest of what i refer to as ‘weeds’ and i don’t have to pay a fortune for a plant that either dies or looks miserable for for years or so – is the day i will be in heaven… even if i AM in a cabbage patch! 😉

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