401. Tough as a mule, big as imagination, pretty as a summer dress, eternal as the sky. ~Steve Bender

One little, two little, three little flowers
Four little, five little, six little flowers
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers
Ten little blooming pinknesses!

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Bender’s words above describe crinum lilies, which he says are “also called hot country lilies.” In the article that Steve wrote about crinums, he went on to say that “forever Southerners have cultivated, swapped, and rhapsodized about these bulbs, according them nearly legendary status.” He, himself, remembers sitting on his grandmother’s porch with crinum clumps on either side, and as their fragrance enveloped him, he thought it was the most pleasant thing on earth.

First there was one, and I was thrilled. Then there were two, and I was beyond thrilled. Now there are three and I am overwhelmed with gladness and gratitude for what has been born of faith, hope, and love.  So far my newly acquired crinum bulb that I wrote about last weekend has produced three large flower stalks from its strappy green foliage, and each stalk has produced at least ten showy pink blossoms. How much more blessed can one little gardener be!

Where flowers bloom so does hope.
~Lady Bird Johnson

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With a few flowers in my garden,
half a dozen picture and some books,
I live without envy.
~Lope de Vega

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Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~Psalm 25:5 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

10 thoughts on “401. Tough as a mule, big as imagination, pretty as a summer dress, eternal as the sky. ~Steve Bender

  1. I always love and marvel at how you weave such beautiful images and poetic words so thoughtfully together always surround by a lovely golden halo of God’s grace- – –
    hugs, love and blessings–
    Julie

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  2. I just loved this post! I went and looked Crinum Lily up, and read about them. It said that an old bulb could weigh as much as 20 pounds! It also said they were very hardy. With the bulbs being so large do you try to divide them occasionally?

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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    • Theresa, several days before this post, I explained how I happened to acquire a Crinum Lily so this is my first experience with one. I’d seen one years ago and fall in love with the blossoms and a neighbor wanted to give me hers that was in too much shade. After a rocky start through this years hard, hard winter, it surprised me by surviving and then blooming. The bulb was big but this one was not 20 lbs. If I ever have to dig it up to move it, I’ll let you know if it gets that big. Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

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