The Drama of Hydrangeas, Practical Gardening Series

It’s hard to beat the beauty of the big late-summer blooms of hydrangeas. With multiple cultivars on the market, with impressive fall leaf color and diverse bloom sets, the options for your garden are many. Hydrangeas are a sturdy shrub and most require little care but light pruning. And since hydrangeas are terminal bloomers, flowering [Read More…]

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Fall Mums in Spring, Practical Gardening Series

Mentioning hardy mums in the spring may seem like an oxymoron. Let me explain. For years as a garden consultant I’ve heard homeowners say what bad luck they’ve had growing perennial chrysanthemums. They plant the big cushy mums every fall and rarely find that they survived the winter. Tired of failing they stop planting them [Read More…]

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Rubbish with Attitude

I find November to be a transitional month—not quite past autumn and not yet winter. Skies are often filled with heavy dark-gray clouds that suddenly open into glorious sunlight, illuminating yellow leaves. The business of outdoor activities is ending, and the bustle of holiday celebrations is waiting to begin. This is the month when nature [Read More…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called  certain women a to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us of our true citizenship in heaven.  Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance in their holy vocation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. [Read more…]

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Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Gentle Mother, Queen of Heaven, hear our prayers for our Sisters and Nuns. That in communion with you and all the saints, the least of their acts done in charity will rebound to the profit of all. Encourage and guide them in all that they do, and protect their souls locked in human frailness. We ask all [Read More…]

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A Walk through the Garden

The Lavender plant and its flower represent love and devotion. Lavender flowers are also associated with purity, silence, and caution. The leaves from a Maple tree symbolize “to be reserved.” Many of our saints were filled with those qualities. What a lovely reminder of their lives, spoken in the language of flowers, as we approach the celebrations of All [Read More…]

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Vibrancy and Dormancy

I’d driven to an area where Sandhill Cranes often stop to rest during their winter migration. Not too far away was an open and dry fen dressed in its autumn blonde and gold. At its lowest point a small brook meanders past poplars, scrubby shrubs, and wild grasses. This little tributary turns into a full [Read More…]

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A Walk through the Gardens

A light frost tats the edges of  leaves…                 …and I find a lilac bloom in October!  (Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.) [Read more…]

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A Walk through the Gardens

These pictures are from St. Francis Retreat and Conference Center in DeWitt, Michigan. It is the week of Your Word is my Delight Catholic Writers Retreat. The retreat is wonderful, and productive! And the 95 acres luminous.                       Hope you can  join us for the next writers [Read More…]

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A Walk through the Garden

Queue color… …and migration. [Read more…]

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