This season is God’s self contained landscape design. Botanical splendor burgeoning from hybernation pushing forth life in the form of budding flowers and bushes, emerging blades of grass and towering trees sprouting leaves. Plant life wakes up stretching with a wide open-mouth yawn in vivid color we call Spring. I like this season because it invigorates my soul and body with the energy of life. I have an affinity for most flowers especially the Spring variety like Hyacinths, Daffodils, Tulips and Irises but my very favorite flower is the rose. My mother loved roses and maybe that’s how I developed my affection for them. In a very limited space she grew lovely rose bushes that lasted for decades. Watching her I learned roses can be high maintanace and prone to disease but nowadays there are hardy disease resistant species like this yellow Lady Banks in the picture above. The Lady Banks was named after a famous Naturalist’s wife [Joseph & Dorethea Banks]. He brought the flower to this country from china 200 years ago. It remains very popular among the antique variety of roses because it grows well and wide. The stems have no thorns but unfortunately the Lady has no fragrance either. The Beauty of this rose is soley in her appearance. Needless to say I especialy favor the lovely lady for her name.
I would like to have a small rose garden, on the farm I wish to purchase one day. Maybe that isn’t the expected thing to do on a farm but since they have what’s called Gentlemen Farms I’m starting a new trend…Ladies Farms. On a Ladies Farm a rose garden will be the center of attraction [not too close to the chicken coop of course].
Another rose I like is the Phyllis rose. The pink bush below is an excellent example of a Phyllis Bide bush. This bush is in honor of my beloved mother, the late Phyllis Banks, who taught me to appreciate the classic beauty of a rose. There are countless varieties and colored hybrids like this lovely one to the right but in America I think the number one slot still belongs to the traditional red rose like the gem at the top. It was my mother’s favorite and is mine too. Being symbolic of love and adoration in our culture, the red rose is truly a classic beauty.
And we think we’re creative…
God designed the earth and all the beauty and wonder in it. He crafted the heavens and the waters along with every living creature we know. He fashioned the trees shrubs and flowers, all manner of plant life. He made the human body with all its intricacies. God made all of it functional and sustainable but what’s most outstanding and probably incomprehensible to our limited mentality is that He did it all from nothing. The ultimate CREATION!!!
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1, KJV