Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

Cool, rainy, stormy night. More of the same today… Wonderful time to catch up on some rest! April showers bring, you know what 🌺🌼🌻😊 

I helped my Grandad transplant this azalea from an old home place over 30 years ago. Still blooms so beautifully in the Spring! It brightens a cloudy morning…

 

April Rain

The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shaw and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again.

The April sun, the April sun,
Glints through the rain in fitful splendour,
And in grey shaw and woodland dun
The little leaves spring forth and tender
Their infant hands, yet weak and slender,
For warmth towards the April sun,
One after one.

And between shower and shine hath birth
The rainbow’s evanescent glory;
Heaven’s light that breaks on mists of earth!
Frail symbol of our human story,
It flowers through showers where, looming hoary,
The rain-clouds flash with April mirth,
Like Life on earth.

    ~ Mathilde Blind

 

Peace,

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I’ve said it many times, Sunday’s are special days… Every one of them! Walking in the garden this morning, as I do most every Sunday morning I thought about what today means, as well as the coming week. Today is ‘Palm Sunday’, aka; The day of The Triumphal Entry. Today is the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey. He was greeted by the people as Savior & King! They famously shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of The Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” -Matthew 21:1-9.

The cross on the donkeys back is a famous legend. I have heard many people call them ‘Jerusalem Donkeys’. Have you heard the Old legend? –
‘All purebred donkeys are born with a cross on their back. A legend says it is the gift our Lord gave to the humble donkey that carried Him into Jerusalem. According to the legend, the little donkey so loved his Master that he followed Him to Calvary. Grief-stricken at the sight, he turned away but remained at his station at the foot of the cross. The shadow of the Cross fell upon him and from that day all purebred donkeys wear the Master’s Cross on their backs.’

Jesus walked and Prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane during the last days of his life. He knew what was about to happen to him and I’d like to think that he chose a Garden to spend his last days in to give him the Peace, Clarity & Strength that he needed leading up to his arrest and Crucifixion (on Good Friday).

There is going to be a LOT of Reflection for me during this week and I hope to do much of it in my garden. I truly do find peace and a clear mind outside in the garden. I hope you do too.

The blooming plants and feeling of Spring in the Garden bring Peace & Calm to the mind & Spirit.

 

Peace,

~ Mark