Mother of Roses

I’ve never been much for growing roses. My gardens had always been more cottage style with plants growing close together in a riot of color, texture, and form. Roses simply didn’t work in my design. Besides, there were all those thorns to contend with, and I hate getting pricked in the garden (you may have [Read More…]

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Do I Dare Speak of Fall Mums in Spring? Practical Gardening

Writing about hardy mums in the spring may seem like an oxymoron. Let me explain. For years I’d listened to homeowners say what bad luck they had growing perennial chrysanthemums. They’d plant the big showy mums every fall and rarely found that they survived the winter and grew the following year. Tired of failing, they’d [Read More…]

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Reluctance in Giving God His Due, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

O Immaculate Virgin, help remove from the hearts of our holy women any reluctance to giving themselves fully to God. Keep them from being immersed in the things of earth. Teach them how pure their hearts ought to be, so that they will never refuse anything to the Lord, and will always be able to [Read More…]

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Untidy Waste of Life

Weeds. Even in the small garden they are a bother. I yank them out and throw them onto the driveway, making a mess instead of tossing them in a bucket to be composted. Composting is a good thing, though. We take weeds and organic waste, and jumble it together to make a rich soil. This [Read More…]

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St. Catherine of Siena, Hear our Prayers for Sisters and Nuns

As we approach St. Catherine’s memorial, April 29, let us offer our prayers for her intercession to our Lord. O God, you are beauty and wisdom, mystery and love. Touch the hearts of your Sisters and Nuns to flame for you and for your Church through the prayer and example of St. Catherine of Siena. [Read More…]

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Sanctify their Ministry, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

This prayer comes from an old leaflet that is a rosary for priests. O Jesus, You are the Eternal High Priest. Because You are true God and true man, You are the only Mediator between God and man. Through You, the merciful Father gives man salvation and through You, man is led back to Him. [Read More…]

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Eat Your Yard! Practical Gardening and Edible Landscape Solutions

Fresh produce from the garden is one of the simplest delights of summer. What’s not to like about plucking off and biting into a tomato, cucumber, or sugar snap peas still warm from the sun. Many of us do not have a yard large enough for a vegetable patch or time to volunteer at a community garden, [Read More…]

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Bearing Hope in a Suffering World, Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Lord Jesus we pray that you strengthen our Sisters and Nuns to bring forth your hope and love in a suffering world. Where war has inflicted death, let our Sisters and Nuns work for peace. Where famine has brought suffering, let our holy women feed the poor. Where earthquakes and floods have caused hopelessness, let [Read More…]

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Jump Start Your Garden by Direct Seeding, Practical Gardening

Most of us want our gardens to come back to life as soon as the snow is melted. Once the soil is thawed, you may be tempted to buy plants and get them in the ground, but resist the urge. For those of us in USDA Zone 5, we can still anticipate a hard frost, [Read More…]

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Gardener’s Gift Basket Give Away, Only Three Days to Drawing!

Its here! My newest book A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac: Cultivating your Faith throughout the Year. It has been a joy to create this book and work with the folks at Ave Maria Press. I would like to share that joy with you by offering a special gift. I’ve put together a basket that includes [Read More…]

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