10.07.2007

The Unabashed Fecundity of God

I went on a silent prayer walk today, as part of our church's leadership retreat. The leader of this retreat told us to look for God in the ordinary things, and to trust that He would speak to us.
Here is what I discovered:

Purple-throated salvia mexicana 'Limelight' blossoms, surrounded by lime green calyces. Pheasantberry heavy with it's scarlet fruit, reminiscent of the dearly missed Laundry Garden in Seamill, Scotland. A Salvia apiana leaf, glowing pale grey in the noonday sun, mysterious scent of dry California hills & split rail fences, And you, scented pelargonium, with velveted tufts against my cheek, you are just too much. These items held in my hand were a riot of colour, and I was at once struck by the unabashed fecundity of God, the feasting, the revelry, the richness of His creation. His richness versus my meagreness. My own poverty of spirit, the paucity with which I love others, and see the world. I am one who has measured out her life in coffeespoons, like T.S. Elliot wrote in the The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. What a stark contrast: His wild and jovial nature vs. my wooden and staid responses. I sat there in the little mission chapel garden and held a handful of God's garden of earthly delights. Looking around with new eyes, I saw it everywhere. The elegance of water reflected on stone and lily pads floating on green glass.

"In quietness and rest is your salvation"

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Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.