Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Garden

Summer phlox attract butterflies.
I am allowing the caterpillars to eat my fennel and parsley because they will be swallowtail butterflies soon.

                                           A Gardener's Prayer by Edith Craddock

Father of all Gardeners, we thank Thee that in the long ago Thou didst begin the world in a garden.

We thank Thee for the morning and the singing of the birds.

We thank Thee for the quiet and peace of eventide and the blessings of sleep which comes with the night.

As we rise in the morning to work in our gardens, grant that the toil of our bodies may bring tranquillity to our minds; That the growth of our plantings be exemplified in the growth of our souls.

That the fruit of our lives, as the fruit of our trees, be the perfect attainment, the crowning glory of a life dedicated to Thee.

Encourage us to lend  helping  hand to the needy, to speak words of sympathy to hearts that mourn, to bear the burdens of the weak, to make the waste places of human need to blossom as the rose.

Exterminate the weeds of doubt, sensitize the roots which nourish our inner being that these roots may drink from the still waters by which Thou dost lead us.

For the gift of Thy Son who suffered in a garden, we thank Thee, and in His name we make this prayer. Amen

                                Joining Susan for  Outdoor Wednesday.


  1. This is just beautiful... the pics and the prayer.

  2. What a beautiful post! Your garden is wonderful! And even the caterpillars of the monarch are pretty to me! :-) Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie
    PS...So glad you liked the children's book! Anything by Margaret Wise Brown with Garth Williams illustrations is charming, as you will see!

  3. A very, very pretty post for today. You did very well on all these shots. Even the worm looks great.

  4. I love the caterpiller shot!!! Have a good rest of the week :)

    Hood Photo Blog

  5. I love that caterpiller picture. And your phlox is beautiful. I don't know why I don't plant that. I will next year though!

  6. Lovely, simply lovely photographs.
    Joyce M

  7. You're a pro, Mama. It's official.

  8. Hi Bonnie!

    I love your blog...I'll have to thank Yvonne for sending you my way. I'm featuring your caterpillar pic tomorrow and will link to your blog in my Extra, Extra, Thursday post. I started my blog in January too, so it will be fun to follow along with you! Best wishes...

  9. I have been following you for a while, but now it is official!

  10. What a perfect caterpillar photo..I do like to get in close to all the little critters of the world! And the prayer is wonderul...have not read it before.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my little page! I loved your comment that 20% of one's day shoud be spent being creative to be happy. I quite agree, though it can often be hard to make the time, with the day's other demands. So glad you liked my project. I'll come visit again soon...


  11. Your lovely caterpillar is going to be a black swallowtail butterfly. I have taken them to school in the fall along with parsley for them to eat and we watch them eat, grow, shed, repeat, and when the time is right, make the chrysalis, and hatch! Hope you will enjoy the life cycle as much as I do! Hope you'll come by for a visit. ♥♫

  12. What a beautiful and sensitive post....thank you for the prayer.


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