524. Gardening: the fine art of soul to soil. ~Jan Bills

But each spring. . .a gardening instinct,
sure as the sap rising in the trees,
stirs within us.
We look about and decide to tame
another little bit of ground.
~Lewis Gantt

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Life! Life has materialized again! On a cool, misty morn of late October, little green slivers of life have emerged into visible existence, life anew made manifest from tiny black seeds scratched into barren soil and sprinkled with water, the very elixir of life itself! And it has come where two losses occurred unexpectedly in my yard last June. When it happened, “the gardening instinct” Gantt mentions kicked in immediately even though it was long after the last rising of sap and well before the next. Sadly, at that time however, the fires of summer were already growing intense, and it was too hot to start “taming” bits of ground. But when temperatures at last lowered in late September, my son-in-law tilled and tamed the new bits of ground for me. It may seem odd to sow this late in the year, but given the mild winters and early to warm up springtimes of north central Texas, the seeds of poppies, larkspur, bluebonnets, bee balm, and sweet peas must be sown in the fall so that the roots of the seedlings have enough time to grow strong and hardy. Such indeed is “the stuff of which dreams are made” for those of us who need flowers for the soul to thrive, who seek revelation of God in a garden, who live close to and find intrigue in the soil from which we came, and who dig the ground seeking His presence in earth’s depths.

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Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. ~James 5:7  ✝

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17 thoughts on “524. Gardening: the fine art of soul to soil. ~Jan Bills

  1. I’m happy you are “busy” about the garden looking tenderly to any and all new sprouts. I just came in from working all day on the two fresh “bare” spots in the yard—raking, fertilizing, sowing seed, spreading straw and adding, as you so lovingly refer–“the elixir of life”—once grass hopefully grows and fills in my two giant patches—it’ll next be time to figure out what to do with the yard—I want at least a couple of flowing trees that won’t get big. . .
    I fret now with all the direct sun on areas that have never had direct sun, so I may be rethinking some of the things planted in the beds next to the house. . .I thought about you as I worked wishing you were here, sitting on that front porch, telling me what I needed to do 🙂
    Here’s to sprouting Natalie—thank you for this encouraging post!!
    lots of love to you—-Julie


    • Oh I’d love to have been sitting on that porch trying to help out with “taming your new ground.” The same thing occurred hear when we lost our huge oak in front. I had a Japanese maple and some azaleas that had been shaded by it and how would getting too much sun. I eventually lost five of the red azaleas, but that let me plant knock out roses in front and their color lasts a lot longer than that of the azaleas. The Japanese maple and the two pink azaleas under it suffered at lot the few summers, but they are hanging in there and now that my new tree is getting bigger, it helps them some. So see you may lose some things but then you get to plant some new and maybe better things.
      I’m also trying to get a new bed going along the back fence where I had a stupid old Hackberry cut down at long last. Now that there’s more sun back there, and things can grow back there, I want to sow some seeds for now and then plant other things when they have finished in the spring. It feels soooooooooooo good to be back out in God’s world again!
      Lots of love to you too, Cookie. 🙂 ❤


    • Thanks, I hope they do too. I always amazes me how they survive through winter. We don’t get much ice and snow but some and we do have some hard freezes from time to time.
      In the beginning when I first started doing this, I’d run out and want to cover them up but there was just no good way to do that and they made it just fine anyway. And yes, I love digging in the dirt too! Blessings and hugs, N 🙂 ❤


    • For years, I didn’t think I had a green thumb either, but I so love flowers that I got a few pots and put them on the patio and threw in some seeds. Almost the minute they germinated and started to grow I was hooked. Now I have flowers all over our rather large yard and am always on the search for more growing space. I’ll bet if you start with some pots of herbs, you enjoy it enough to branch out too. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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      • Just maybe. You never know eh. We’ll see. I haven’t had much luck in the past with gardening, but then again, that was with gerberas. They died soon after I bought them. I love gerberas. My wedding bouquet was a cluster of bright orange ones.
        🙂 ❤


    • You are very welcome and so right! Growth can occur at any time during the course of a year. It’s just that in winter, the growing is going on beneath the surface where it can’t be seen. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hugs, N ❤


    • Ooooh, I love that about almost smelling the dirt. That and rain are two of my most favorite smells. Yes, it was very sweet of Chris to do that for me. He’s the one who also built my greenhouse for me. He’s such a good guy!!! Hugs, N ❤


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