“Y” Is For Yarrow

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
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Scripture references;

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18 KJV

 

Yarrow is a hardy perennial plant with fern-like leaves. It blooms from midsummer into fall. They are heat tolerant, and get to be about 3 feet tall by two feet wide. They come in a number of colors including red, white, pink, and yellow, and look great in a naturalized setting. Give them full sun and well drained soil and they should be happy. They spread by rhizomes, and also self sow seeds. They can be invasive.

They are also sometimes used in herbal medicine. I haven’t read up on it, so I can’t tell you which parts are safe to be used.

 

“Yarrow” by Theresa Moore

 

Yarrow in the field growing

Is an herb that is worth knowing.

Breezes induce its gentle motion

Like a boat out on the ocean.

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

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“X” Is For Xeranthemum annuum

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Everlasting, Immortelle (Xeranthemum annuumm)
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Scripture reference;

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:37-40 KJV

 

Have you ever heard of “Everlasting Flowers”? I hadn’t. The flower in the picture looked familiar, but there are so many daisy-like flowers in the world. I just finished reading a little about them. The descriptions of these pretty flowers that I read said they are easy to grow, and make nice cut flowers that also can be dried. They also self-sow freely which is great if you like volunteers; if not just deadhead the flowers.

The Lord wants us to grow up in Him and to multiply. It pleases Him whenever this occurs. All who believe in Him have everlasting life.

 

“Everlasting, Immortelle” by Theresa Anne Moore

 

Pretty flowers all around

Sowing seed upon the ground.

Countless flowers, can you tell?

Everlasting, Immortelle

 

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

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“W” Is For Widow’s Tears

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Widow’s Tears (Tradescantia virginiana)
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Scripture reference;

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6 KJV

 

Tradescantia virginiana is a herbaceous perennial. Its common names are spiderwort, spider lily, day flower, flower-of-a-day, Job’s tears, snake-grass, trinity, trinity lily, and widow’s tears. It is sometimes called spiderwort, because its angular leaf arrangement resembles a squatting spider. The reason it is sometimes called Job’s tears or widow’s tears is that at the end of the day each flower melts into a fluid jelly, like tears. The ones you get from catalogs grow to be 18-24 inches tall, but according to some articles, the wild ones might get three feet tall. They can take both sun and shade. I have seen them at the edge of woods, and along roadsides.

I once read that according to Strong’s Concordance, the Bible provides 697 references for verses associated with crying (weep, cry, tears). I began a series last year called “The Valley of Baca” at my other blog. “The Valley of Baca” is translated to mean “Vale of Tears”.  Hear is a link to what I have written so far:  https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/?s=The+Valley+of+Baca

 

“Widow’s Tears” by Theresa Anne Moore

In a grassy patch near a stream

I saw her kneeling;

Her bleary blue eyes somehow glistening

I beheld her with great esteem

And had this feeling.

I looked away but kept on listening.

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

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“V” Is For Vinca

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Annual Vinca (Catharanthus roseus)
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Scripture reference;

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100 KJV

 

 

Annual vinca is a long blooming sun loving tender perennial plant. It won’t survive a frost, so it must be treated as an annual in places that have cold winters. It comes in shades of red white, pink and lavender. Its common names are Madagascar periwinkle or rosy periwinkle. The most common are upright plants that get to be 1-2 feet tall, but there are some new varieties that trail. I bought a couple of the trailing ones in hanging baskets a few years ago, and enjoyed the way they looked hanging from my double shepherd hook.

These beautiful plants love the sun and tolerate shade. They appreciate some water, but don’t do well when over-watered. This is where they differ the most from impatiens. Impatiens can take a little morning sun, but definitely need afternoon shade. They also like more water. How do you tell these two plants apart if the tag is missing? Look at the leaves. Many impatiens have small heart shaped leaves (see my post “I”  Is For Impatiens). Annual Vinca plants have dark, oblong leaves with contrasting veins that are light green.

One more thing you need to know is that there is a perennial form of vinca that is used for ground covers, and usually has either a blue or lavender flower. It is called Vinca minor. Its common names are creeping myrtle and periwinkle flower.  Vina minor is beautiful, but can be invasive.

 

Sometimes it is hard to tell one flower from another. We can’t always tell much about people either.  The Lord knows it all, and He has made it possible to know Him. He is always truthful and merciful.

 

“Vinca” by Theresa Anne Moore

 

When I saw her growing there

A little flower who had no care

I was inspired and grateful to be

Reminded that God had made her and me.

 

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

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“U” Is For Ursinia

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Parachute Daisy (Ursinia cakilefolia)
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Scripture reference;

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Psalm 48:1-2 KJV

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 KJV

 

Isn’t this a pretty flower? Parachute Daisies are annual flowers that are native to Africa. They get to be about 18 inches high and are supposed to be easy to grow. Each flower lasts for several days, but folds its petals closed each night. Then when those days are completed the flower turns into a white ball while its seeds form. They will brighten any flowerbed, and are beautiful in mass plantings. They are also really nice for cut flowers because they will still open during the day and close at night while in the vase.

When I look at these orange flowers I am reminded of how the Lord brings beauty and light into the world. I am also reminded that He dwells in those who believe in Him, and transforms them into His beautiful image allowing His light to shine through them. No matter where they are or what they might be experiencing, He will be with them and in them bringing beauty to their situation.

 

“Parachute Daisy” by Theresa Anne Moore

 

They spread like a blanket with utmost ease

Adorning the landscape with warmth and grace.

Each flower stands poised; eager to please

Greeting each day with a bright open face.

 

 

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

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“T” Is For Toad Lily

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Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)
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Scripture reference;

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Genesis 3:8-9 KJV

I like to keep my eye out for plants that bloom in the shade, because I have a lot of shade on my property. From what I have read they like moist humus rich soil and shade or partial shade. They get to be 2-3 feet tall and wide, are supposed to be easy to grow, and have an exotic look to them sort of like orchids.

I know that it was a solemn occasion when Adam and Eve hid from the Lord, but I like to think of the Lord walking among the trees in shady places in the cool of the day. I sometimes think about that when I am in my shade garden.

 

“Toad Lilies” by Theresa Anne Moore

Scent of earth and pine

Softly intertwine.

The hosta and the fern

 Grow without concern.

A bench of grey cast stone

Provide for time alone.

Shafts of light on ground

Toad lilies hear a sound

I think I hear it, too

It’s time to be with you.

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

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“S” Is For Sunflower

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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L)
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Scripture reference;

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 KJV

 

I can remember as a child wondering how a sunflower could be real, because it was so big.

If I ever doubted as a child that God was real, it must have been only for a moment. I remember thinking of God in literal physical terms when I was little as I learned songs like “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. I would try to picture how big He was.

I no longer think of Him as a great big giant, but I do still believe He is very big in all of His attributes, and all of His power.

 

“Sunflowers” by Theresa Anne Moore

S  tanding so tall like a tower

U  nder a sky that’s so blue

N  one can convey like these flowers

F  eelings as warm and as new.

L  asting impressions of power

O  utpouring grace in full view

W  hen passing the time by the hour

E  ach petal with its golden hue

R  eveals God’s love in a shower

S  plendidly lavished on you.

 

This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).

Here at Serenaded Softly, my theme for the month is Blossoming Verses, where I’ll share a picture of something in bloom, a passage of scripture, and a poem.

If you are looking for a more in-depth devotion you may visit my companion blog, Moore To Ponder

 

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click here:
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Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!