From the Manse

helen1

Dear Friends,

As I write this, we are almost at the end of another beautiful spring day. Isn’t God’s creation wonderful when the trees and hedgerows begin to burst into life – especially when the sun shines – and the spring flowers provide a wonderful array of colour.   However, whilst I can appreciate what is around me, it does prompt me to think about the small matter of what to do in the garden !

Being green fingered has never been one of my gifts, and I suppose that the most I hope for, in the gardens I have ‘inherited’, is that I don’t kill anything off! You could say I’m a more of a ‘maintainer’, rather than a ‘cultivator’, yet I would love to be able to plant things from seed and watch them develop and grow. I’ve always admired those who seem to be able to plant just about anything, and in no time find it looking like something out of those glossy gardening magazines – or have their borders resembling the perfect specimen of horticultural health.

I don’t know about you, but another problem I have is that I can never remember the names of things, and usually resort to ‘that plant that has the lovely pink flowers on it’ whilst furiously waving my hands around in an attempt at a visual description. And then of course, there is the dilemma of what to plant where, and what type of soil you have, as well as innumerable other things to consider.

Recently though, I came across an article which describes the ultimate kitchen garden – something which would perhaps be useful to many of us. Except that this is one, which even those among us, like me, who don’t see themselves as the next Alan Titchmarsh, would be able to consider.

‘For the garden of your daily living’…….

Plant three rows of peas:

1. Peace of mind

2. Peace of heart

3. Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash:

1. Squash gossip

2. Squash indifference

3. Squash grumbling

4. Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:

1. Lettuce be faithful

2. Lettuce be kind

3. Lettuce be patient

4. Lettuce really love one another

Plant three rows of turnips:

1. Turnip for meetings

2. Turnip for service

3. Turnip to help one another

Plant three types of thyme:

1. Thyme for each other

2. Thyme for family

3. Thyme for friends

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love, and there will be much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.

God, through nature, has a lot to teach us about life. How we sow, nurture and encourage the seed, whether botanical or theological, will affect us all in one way or another. And a lot will depend on the quality of our own soil and our willingness to learn, either from God or from each other.

So, from one planter to another, happy gardening.   Helen <><

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