Tuesday, January 31, 2012

YOUR REACTIONS ARE SHOWING PART II

For you daylily lovers, I wish to show you another of my "one year wonders" that grew up despite my inattention and the drastic invasive weeds that wanted to take over its life. This one gives such a peaceful presentation-so peaceful that I just stood there and stared at it when I first saw it.

I had been perusing the rows seeing the new "July Christmas Gifts" that had never been opened before. When I came across this one I was stunned. then I started to cry....my son who came over to see what was happening, said "Mom your'e crying, I've never seen you cry over a daylily before". The joyous tears came because of, not only the awesome beauty but the memory of "dragging" my body across the field, about to the farthest point, to breed two daylilies together because "Fertile Myrtle" just HAD to have "Subtle's" pollen on it. I could just 'see' that "Subtle" could put her lovely stamp on this less than lovely, but very fertile daylily. Well, once started, I had to continue the process and many many trips later, "Fertile Myrtle" was done for the year and I had run out of "Subtle's" pollen. (The names are in quotes  because they are still seedlings and not registered).
(editor's note..."Subtle" has just been registered and Introduced as SEEDS OF HOPE.)

 Well, my son certainly saw all my reactions that day and I sure don't need to apologize for it either-not that he expected me to! So here is a pic of the now named "Subtle Faith". Name acquired because I had enough "faith" to keep on keeping on, traipsing across the field, even on the hottest of days, over and over to "gamble for my "hoped-for" results.

Here is one of the results, see if you can see why it was worth it and brought to me tears of joy. My reactions were CERTAINLY SHOWING!

and one more view


and for the curious here's
"Fertile Myrtle" (a FESTIVE ART progeny) "Subtle Faith's pod parent...

and here is SEEDS OF HOPE("Subtle-PALACE GARDEN BEAUTYx UKN),
                                                        "Subtle Faith's pollen parent...



What I wish to talk about today is about reactions that we can't, or don't control. It seems that whenever our

 peace gets robbed
                            by circumstances,

                            by mere interruptions,

                            by mild calamities,

                      or   by giant calamities,

                our reactions come to the FOREFRONT

                                      for EVERYONE TO SEE.


If we know ahead of time what to expect, we can always plan our actions.

We can plan to "look good"

                or to "not stir up trouble"

         or even to "mind our manners"

if we are trying to impress someone, or at least make an impact of some sort.

IN OTHER WORDS  "to be our best"


BUT it is when the UNEXPECTED COMES

                                  that the
                             REVELATION
                                of who we

                              REALLY ARE 
                                  shows


It may even surprise ourselves to realize that we can be
  
                                                                                   that BASE

                                                                                   that HARSH

                                                                                   that NEGATIVE.

                                                                                   that ORNERY

                                                                                   that SELFISH

                                                                                       or even

                                                                                    that PROUD.! 


It is when we get into circumstances beyond our control that we show our true nature.

To quote Matthew 12:34 "out of the heart the mouth speaks" (Amplified)


the heart speaks  of all the
                                        DISAPPOINTMENTS,

                                        FEARS,

                                        ANGERS,

                                           and the
   
                            UNFAIRNESS'S OF LIFE,

                                              all the

                                        STRESSES
                                
                                             and
  
                                     STRUGGLES

                        that want to TRAP us into believing lies.

                    LIES DIRECT FROM THE PIT OF HELL

                                         LIES OF

                                     UNWORTHINESS

                                      INADEQUACIES

                                              and  

                                       HOPELESSNESS.

LIES tell us " You shouldn't have to take that"

                  " God doesn't love me",

                   " if He loved me He wouldn't ask this of me".

LIES even tell us "it will never get better, it's hopeless, just drop out".

LIES
                                       DON'T TELL US:

                                             that

                                ENDURANCE PRODUCES

                                                         CHARACTER and INTEGRITY,

                                            and that

                                 CHARACTER PRODUCES 
                                                         
                                                          HOPE,

                                      the HOPE OF ETERNAL SALVATION   
                                                                                    Romans 5: 3+


LIES
                                    DON'T TELL US

                                                  that

                                               HOPE 

                                                       NEVER DISAPPOINTS

                                                                    or 

                                                              DELUDES

                                                                    or
   
                                                            SHAMES US.

LIES

         DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW 

         THAT GOD'S LOVE IS (ALWAYS) POURED OUT IN OUR WEAKNESSES

                                and that

               HE IS THE ONE WHO GIVES US

                                  the

                   STRENGTH TO ENDURE

       STRENGTH TO SEE OUR WEAKNESSES

   STRENGTH TO ADMIT OUR WEAKNESSES WHEN 

THEY POUR OUT OF OUR HEARTS THROUGH OUR MOUTHS.
 .
It's the STRENGTH to realize that life isn't always fair,

                                                        but that GOD IS

                                                 and that even though my peace is interrupted,

                                                and even though I don't like what is happening
 
                                                      HE GIVES ME

                                                                   STRENGTH TO BELIEVE

                                                                               THAT

                                              HE HAS NEVER LEFT ME OR FORSAKEN ME.


OH LORD, GIVE ME STRENGTH TO NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU WHEN 

                                                                                                      life isn't what I thought it should be...

                                                                                                     Oh give me the STRENGTH

                                                                                                     and DESIRE

                                                                                                     to DWELL WITH YOU

                                                                                                     and NOT dwell with my circumstances,

                                                                                                     and then STRENGTH TO

                                                                                                    STAND STILL and SEE

                                                                                        your work in my life and in the life of others.

LORD let my REACTIONS be

                    REACTIONS OF UNSELFISHNESS

                    REACTIONS OF PATIENCE

                            and MERCY

                                  mixed with HOPE 
      
                                                    HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

                                                                 and 

                                                      HOPE FOR THE DAY.

                                                                 and 

                                                 ENOUGH HOPE FOR 

                                          ALL THE  "UNEXPECTEDS" AHEAD

.
and Lord, while I'm asking, as David said,

"May the words of my mouth and the meditations be acceptable to you"
Amen and Amen


Here are a  few more of "Subtle Faith's" full sibs, each one with a peaceful presence.






 MAY OUR LORD RICHLY BLESS YOU AS YOU TRAVEL THOUGH THIS JOURNEY OF LIFE 
WITH HIM!
                          
                                                                               


Friday, January 27, 2012

YOUR REACTIONS ARE SHOWING PART I

I once read a book that stated "YOUR REACTIONS ARE SHOWING" and that statement has stuck with me for a very long time.I have found out way too many times that I cannot always plan my reactions. And when it comes to dayliliy hybridizing I don't need to plan my reactions. I am free to react, assess and dream on to the next part of this journey in the plant kingdom.

 In this blog of two parts, I will be sharing about the struggles my seeds have had to go through to come to fruition along with the struggles we human beings have on our journey to fruition, becoming ALL that God intended us to become. So this first part will show you the story of, and the results of the seeds we planted back in 2010 and their first blooms this past summer, 2011. It is ironic to me that I, without knowing it, would be doing a blog at this time, exactly about the seedlings out in the field pictured on the face of this Blog. That photo was taken July 21, 2011, and one year, two and one-half months later some were in bloom and it is those that I will be telling you about showing pictures of! If you look closely at the photo, you will see a small triangle of green in the lower right hand corner where the last of the 2010 seeds were planted and the scapes are just coming, then  there are two more somewhat "flowery" rows behind and then a heavier grouping of flowers beyond that(those were blooming in 2009).

Back on May 4th, 2010, seed planting season became VERY HECTIC. 

We were 
OPENING UP NEW BEDS

TRANSPLANTING AND DIVIDING CLUMPS and

WEEDING and MULCHING as much as possible. 

The fact that the seeds hadn't yet been planted didn't help the frenzy I felt.

So the big day came, the DAY TO PLANT THE SEEDS.
All those precious possibilities,
           just sitting there over the winter in the vegetable crisper were now going to escape the "dungeon'!
So my worker/friend  Shirley and I proceeded to plant two and one-half beds of eighty foot rows for a grand total of 200 feet of seeds planted in rows eight inches apart and seeds 2-4 inches apart, depending on the amounts in the cross. By June 30th we were finished planting(well actually I still had more seeds to plant holding out in refrigerator "dungeon", but blooms were starting  all across the field and I rationalized myself into saying the other seeds could wait until next year or later this year.
One of my important duties shouting to me was the THISTLE and the myriads of other plants crying out for attention. Thus, the 200 feet of seeds just planted got totally forgotten/forsaken -or at least ignored,

              to my demise

                 my shame

          and my extreme disappointment,

                   BECAUSE

THEY COULD NOT BE SEEN BY THE NAKED EYE!


When I brushed aside the now foot high grasses there were those precious babies-7" high max, most 3-5" high, struggling for their very lives among all their adversaries.

HERE THEY WERE,
lovingly planted
given "hand-hauled" water (from rain barrels 30 feet away) to their planting troughs, 
and leaf-mulched when originally planted, 1/2" thick so that they would have enough moisture to germinate.

STRUGGLING TO LIVE!

They should have had a head-start over all the horrid invaders, but they did not. Summer 2010 happened to be the record year for rain, and the weeds were in ALL THEIR GLORY! So, yes, the seedlings "made it to the top", they found their sunshine, only to be overcome by a FOREST OF WEEDS literally!!!

Well, necessity made me stop the weeding of the other area and go back and focus on those seedlings. That 200 feet x 4 1/2 feet of weeding process was slow and labor intensive, not wanting to pull out any of the babies or markers, but well worth it. By the time the two and one half beds were cleared those aweful  weeds were head high, without exaggeration.

You can imagine my SHOCK then, while perusing the first of the beds restored, I found a short 8 or 9" scape coming!
 I WAS ELATED!
ONLY GOD....
HE KNEW...
HE REWARDED!

What more can I say

                                thirteen WEEKS later, at 11" tall

                                amongst all the weeds and giants in that little seedling's life

                                THE FIRST BLOOM CAME!

Not only that, another scape was coming on the small plant next to it, "planning" to bloom a week later...

                                                                AND THEN

                                                 because I was so enthralled,

                                                                  so focused on those two plants, 

                                                                 imagine my SURPRISE to see.....

                                 A THIRD PLANT (of the same cross) have a tiny, minute scape coming!!!

                                          It all happened because of a bid on the Lily Auction......

Out of nine, Lily Auction bonus seeds, five were viable and out of that, 3 germinated and three bloomed!

We have an Awesome God...

If you like, you can see how I named them after my three Granddaughters on my website:

www.gardenglory.net  just click on the SEEDLINGS ALBUM
 and up will come a page called THREE SISTERS SAGA and click on there.

Below you will see Three Sisters Lily on her 13 weeks old first day of bloom!



There are a few more pics on the website page that I mentioned.

So, as you see I was able to rejoice and realize that even though those seedlings had to go through some 

very tough times, they were victors.

Romans 5: 3+ tells us to REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS

why is it that we usually can rejoice "after the fact"and then we can get the right perspective??!!

Before I get to the "rest of the story"((Thank you Paul Harvey!))

I want to share with you some of the other beauties from that came out of that 900 square feet of planting.

But, I would be remiss if I  didn't mention my two neighbors, Stacy and Tim who heard about my plight and

 came out to do some massive weeding during that time so that I could have time to enjoy breeding and 

focus on seeing the new blooms that I had never seen before. My other neighbor Heidi, who had been

 working with me earlier when I saw those first three "preemies" was also a big part of this summer gardening project.

When all was said and done, some markers were mislaid and even dug out with the weeds (thank God I had 

a hand written map). I am pretty sure their were some seedlings lost with all those weeds, but the fact remains-


I am BLESSED

WITH 

HARD WORKING FRIENDS

AWESOME BEAUTY

and the seedlings were 
BLESSED WITH LIFE 

TO BLOOM

TO BE
ALL
THEY WERE INTENDED TO BE

MYSTERIOUSLY WRAPPED UP IN THOSE
TINY

SHINY

BLACK PEARLS.

So, here are some of the

  SURVIVORS & THRIVERS













  










AS  you can see-LITERALLY-
                                                  MY REACTIONS ARE SHOWING

                                                         right here on this screen!

                                                Aren't they amazing after all they have gone through??!

In Part II I  plan on sharing some more, since I only got through the "C's" this time
                                                                                                                          stay tuned......







Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"AS-IS"

So many times we find ourselves dealing with the "AS-IS's" in our lives. We find it an irritant or a distraction and sometimes even a huge halt to our plans-whatever the case it is something less than what we thought we would have in our "Lives Happily Ever-After" lifestyle. But then, if we care to take time to look at others we can always see that we are better off than SO MANY that we really have nothing to complain about. But then again, there is the other side of the coin of achieving the American Dream and because that is a goal (desperate or general-still a goal) we become far more dissatisfied with our "AS-IS" plight in life.

 I can see this might be quite a lengthy blog so I think I will share with those of you who would like to see some dayliliy pictures. Ironically, they actually pertain to my "AS-IS" daylilies that I had to work with, and the wonderful results.

Just to share an explanation;
Back in 2002 I had purchased a daylily named BARBARA DITTMER. I liked her genetics and I liked the price ($20.00) since I was adding to my stash of the "Newest and Latest"-well almost- daylilies to start my hybridizing program. I am not even sure who I bred it too, but by the list of the Pollen Parents I used that year, TRULY ANGELIC is a likely guess. Well, as it worked out, the offspring from that union was better than either parent in my opinion...I garden-named it FIRSTBOURNE because it truly was the firstbourne of all my seeds that I had planted and I was thrilled! It was so pretty and had more vigor than any of the 20,000 seeds I had planted! I proceeded to breed "her" with many other beautiful registered daylilies, but it wasn't until 2009 that I decided to take a risk(in my eyes) and breed it back to itself, according to a great (results show that hindsight is always 20/20!) suggestion and "challenge" from my son Mike). Not being a fan of inbreeding, I had been very hesitant to go that route  until that summer. Was I happy I did!! I had been told that a close breeding will show all the faults and all the positives. So, I used FIRSTBOURNE, my "AS IS" daylily-certainally NOT the latest and greatest- for very rewarding results. After the fact, I saw that I had the mutual genetics of ANGELS SMILE in the "back cross" and I believe that that is where the fancy look and vigor very likely has come from. I hadn't planned it that way, I just used what I had, not having been able to spend the big bucks that I had wanted to spend, but because I listened to a suggestion, I got resourceful and  took the plunge to inbreed on FIRSTBOURNE. I never would have known how much potential was there unless I had-"AS-IS" so to speak! So, here are some of the results of the maiden bloom of "her" offspring-I hope you like them..but of course I am partial, you understand.....

This is the parent seedling FIRSTBOURNE the year of her maiden bloom and the pic after one yr later and then one that is from 2011, a very dry, hot year. Then after those first to pics, I will show you some of her children from that close cross.




Now I would like to share with her her "daughters"!

We named this one Great Idea
because it turned out so well, even though we closely line-bred it.
This one got "dubbed" Another Idea
and is the full sister of Great Idea.









This third one just had to be called
Good Idea as it is the third full sib
of this interesting cross. Little did we think that FIRSTBOURNE OF MANY would give us so many to
enjoy. Only time will tell....

Needless to say my Son and I were "happy campers" and I felt extremely blessed in this,  my first experiment with very close linebreeding. I would never have known, and of course the opposite could have happened and given a lot of junk...but then I would know and be able to save years of waiting, space and labor. Our plans are to do more of this with different ones and see where it takes us. So you see, working with my "AS- IS" seedling paid off.

In it's own way, this all coincides with a scripture that has meant a lot to me in the days of my life. It doesn't make a lot of sense if you want to reason it out, but in hindsight (just like the daylilies above) it does make a lot of sense. To paraphrase the Scripture in Ephesians 5:20 it says: 'At all times and for EVERYTHING giving thanks  in the Name of Jesus'. And also in I Thessalonians it says "Thank God in everything; BE thankful and give thanks for this is the WILL of God for you who are in Christ Jesus".

Does that even MEAN :

A BROKEN DOWN CAR
A DILAPIDATED HOUSE
A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP
A BROKEN BODY
A BROKEN HEART
A BROKEN SPIRIT
A BROKEN PROMISE
            or
A LOST DREAM
A LOST JOB
A LOST OPPORTUNITY
A LOST MINISTRY
?????????????????????

The list goes on and on...

So HOW CAN I THANK GOD AT ALL TIMES FOR ALL THE "AS-IS's" IN MY LIFE!!!???

By realizing and knowing and believing applying those TRUTHS ,

                                                                 THEN and ONLY THEN  am I able to
                                                                                                          WAIT ON GOD
                                                                                                                 TO DO
                                                                                                                WHAT
                                                                                                           HE WANTS TO DO
                                                                                                                  and
                                                                                               HOW HE WANTS TO DO IT...
                       
                                    TO REPAIR
                                    TO REPLACE
                                    TO RENEW
                                    TO RESTORE
                                                             the BROKENNESSes
                                                                           and
                                                                      the LOSSes

                                                                    and then and only then

                                                                    can I LIVE again....
FORGETTING THE THINGS THAT ARE BEHIND
                          and      
 LOOKING FORWARD TO THE THINGS TO COME
                                                                              Phillipians 3:13

I know
 that I know
 that I KNOW
                    that if I try to "out-do" GOD,
                                                           try to
                                                     FIX IT MY WAY,
                                                            try to
                                                    HURRY IT UP
                                                    I TIE GOD'S HANDS.

    I have learned that
                               I need to REALIZE
                                                    and
                                           REMEMBER
                                                   that
                                          WHEN I LET HIM

                                           STAY IN CHARGE

                                           BETTER and GREATER THINGS HAPPEN

                              MUCH BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER HOPED FOR
                                                             or
                                                     DREAMED FOR.

I have learned that
                             I need to SURRENDER
                                                 MY WILL
                                                MY WAYS
                                              MY AGENDA
                                                       and
                                        WAIT EXPECTANTLY

After all,
He is THE CREATOR,
He is a GOOD GOD and
HE TAKES ME "AS IS".......

yes, even me, especially me.... for we are all in "AS-IS" states, that's just the way it is!


                                      Lord God, thank You that You haven't given up on me
                                                       Help me to NOT GIVE UP  on those people
                                                       who are the "AS-ISs" that I have to deal with!
                                                                            or
                                                       those THINGS that I have to Accept "AS-IS"
                                                                            or
                                                        those SITUATIONS that I have to Accept "AS-IS
                                                                            and
                                                       
                                                                PLEASE HELP ME TO
                                                                          KNOW
                                                                THAT YOU LOVE ME
                                                                            and
                                                                 WANT THE BEST
                                                                        FOR ME
                                                                            and
                                                                     FOR THEM

                                                    HELP ME TO KNOW THAT YOU USE
                                                           '
                                                                       THINGS
                                                                           and
                                                                      PEOPLE
                                                                           and
                                                               CIRCUMSTANCES
                                                                           to
                                                                    REFINE ME

                                                    FOR YOU ARE A REFINING FIRE.

Lord, take all my
                         IDIOSYNCRATIES
                 all my                                                                                              
                         DISAPPOINTMENTS
                 all my
                        WISHES and DESIRES
and do with me "AS-IS",
                       for
             YOU DON'T MAKE JUNK!

So help me NOT to see all those THINGS,

                                     all of those PEOPLE

                              and all of those CIRCUMSTANCES
                                                as
                                       "AS-IS JUNK"

I will do my best to accept them and
YOUR PLAN TO REFINE ME

and as
YOU REFINE ME,
YOU WILL RESTORE.
                    RENEW
                    REPAIR
                       and
                  REPLACE
EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS YOUR HAND TO FIX IT-

NOT MINE!

Lord God, please REFRESH ME FOR THE TRIALS AHEAD,
and
please REMIND me
that You are both the CREATOR
and the FIXER
for whatever is needed at the time...oh and Lord....I need PATIENCE TOO!!!
                                         


                               
                                                                   

Monday, January 2, 2012

IF WALLS COULD TALK

Hi to all of you and may you be blessed this New Year!


I heard the phrase "IF WALLS COULD TALK" this AM on the morning news and it triggered a memory of

my past when I was teaching a Community Education group on 'The Home You Live In'. In that

class/seminar I read to the adult students (hardly my style of teaching, but in this case apropos) a magazine

article with the title 'IF WALLS COULD TALK'. The writer/designer was relating how our homes and what

we put on the walls told a lot about us. Whether it be pictures or mirrors or wallpaper or borders or paint or

paneling or brick, let your imagine run wild and you will portray yourself (both your style and or your status

or both)...with how much glitz and glamour or simplicity, or anything in-between, the walls in your home tell a

lot about you. Of course, as TV host/Designer Nate Bremer reminds us we need to keep our spouse in the

equation also. I always wanted to do a show like that, but that was before Home and Garden TV shows

came alive.


 My walls show that I like color and lots of pictures( even when simplicity is in). In fact, whenever we move-

it has been many moves- the pictures go up FIRST! Then I feel that I am at home....oh I have to admit that

the foundation for the pictures is already there....whether it is a painted or wallpapered, paneled or brick

wall...I have had all of them.


When I did a color seminar, I mentioned that in reading about the Psychology of Color, the author (unable to

remember who to credit it to) stated that orange walls are a very stimulating color and if you have an orange

bedroom, you won't be able to sleep. At that very moment, in a very sedate group, a lady spoke up "I have

 that! That's why I CAN'T SLEEP!!"  The whole group laughed, the writer of the article and myself  had a

lot more credibility and we had a great time. I also read somewhere that when prison cells were painted

'Bubblegum Pink', the prisoners, who were quite incorrigible, became much easier to work with. The author

credited it to the color of a Mother's womb, and whether that was an accurate assessment or not, the fact

remains:the prisoners were calmer.  COLOR INFLUENCES OUR LIVES...both negatively and positively.


I love jewel tone colors so I have a deep forest green (I know, it isn't "in" right now) bedroom with lots of

white moulding (British spelling) on the walls and at the ceiling, which sets off the dark green beautifully. I use

accents of red, deep blue and forest green and white in printed fabric on the window and the quilt that brings

it all together. Oh and of course, I have two pictures over the bed that have red holly hocks and red roses

....had to have my pictures!!! When I go into that room, it give me both peace(deep green) and joy (vibrancy

of red) which comforts me for the night. I know there are many many other color schemes that will achieve

that, but that's the jewel tone colors I like.  Do those walls talk? Yes they do, they tell what I like and what I

want to portray  and also(probably) that I am content with those colors.


Just a note as a designer: If I didn't have all the white painted moulding, dividing up the green spaces

vertically every 40" I would not have used the forest green in such massive amounts. Instead I would have

painted just one wall green, or wainscoated all the walls, either 1/3 or 2/3 of the way up the wall in green or

in white, (with the reverse white or green the rest of the way)depending on how much daylight the room had.


The other rooms in my house are more neutral, except the bathroom (Sapphire Blue-with all the white

moulding again) and the Kitchen backsplash (deep Cranberry Red). I want my friends and neighbors to be

comfortable, no matter what their tastes, thus the common areas get simpler colors and smashes of impact

color from a chair or a window treatment or even pictureS. That capital 'S' was not a typo! I like pictures!


These walls are also essential for our PROTECTION, our WARMTH and our SUPPORT, not just beauty.

But unfortunately, too often we transfer those walls to our innermost selves. And that is what I want to

address now if you are still with me.


It is our natural reaction to want to protect ourselves from hurt and harm. Our instinct takes over when a fire

is coming at us, just like when the fire of anger or destruction comes at us. We dive for cover, even into the

deepest recesses of our hearts, our souls (the Mind, Will and Emotions) and our spirits. It is only natural to

 desire warmth, nurturing warmth, affirming warmth, and even comraderie instead of icy cold treatment, in-

difference or many other forms of rejection.

Unfortunately, over many years of disappointments we train ourselves not to be vulnerable to those hurtful

situations and destructive forces. We wall off ANYTHING that might remind us of someone or something

that has hurt us....

even though that "ANYTHING"  MAY NOT MEAN TO HARM US, WE HAVE ALREADY

DETERMINED THAT IT WILL AND WE AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.

Even to the cost of helping that same person that needs your help or might  hurt you-because they don't

deserve it, even if they have changed-

EVEN IF THEY DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP NOW AND HAVE ASKED YOUR FORGIVENESS.

While you keep the WALL OF PROTECTION up for yourself, you leave out the exact thing that God may

be wanting you to do, the EXACT thing that my bring restoration to your life, and the one who hurt you.


That's how God works....

He is the God of Restoration.....have you ever had the privilege of restoring a wall or even a house? Oh the

joy that comes from

all the VISION,

all the HARD WORK,

all the PERSISTENCE

and all the SKILL

that goes into RESTORATION


 In the end it is SO WORTH IT! So dear friend, If God is telling you AGAIN to 'TURN THE OTHER

CHEEK', FORGIVE SEVENTY X SEVEN' or 'GO THE EXTRA MILE' I urge you to listen and

do...God made you, God loves you, and He wants the best for you AND the other person who has hurt you

so badly. May you be an INSTRUMENT OF HIS PEACE, may your walls TALK with JOY and

FORGIVENESS and PEACE. Your part is rather easy -I know that's got to be hard to believe- but it

is....Because God gave us His son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be the Peacemaker, the Counselor, the

Forgiveness, and the Restorer of all the broken walls, built askew, that you have tried to protect yourself

with.... No-one can ever PROTECT you like God can, but He does require us to LOVE OUR ENEMIES

and states that LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS and  when we tell God "I can't do it. He says

"good...now let Me do it because I have the answer and MY WAYS are not your ways"....My Ways are

PERMANENT WALLS OF PROTECTION, COMFORT AND WARMTH ....let me take care of the

other person, Vengeance is mine..not yours...your anger, your indifference, your malice, your bitterness, your  

rebuttal, does nothing but ruin your body through many afflictions and your whole attitude towards life and

others..I want you to be FREE to love Me and others, Free to have color in your life, not bleakness and

darkness, but the JOY OF COLOR ... after-all..I made color!










I had no idea I was going to share all of this with you, but I believe it is for someone right now and I pray it will be a turning point in your life...I only thought I would be talking about my decorating experiences....

So now I want to share with you some of the COLOR FROM THE FIELD that God seemed fit to give us this past summer. These are all first year seedlings, with great potential. I am anxiously awaiting to see them this next summer and see how they have fared the winter. This first one is a (KEY TO MY HEART X RED FRIDAY) and shows a red pattern that I hope will be even better this summer.


This one above is out of an IMPERIAL WIZARD cross, I love the large white watermark. The one below is also an IMPERIAL WIZARD kid. They are both  3 year old seedlings and I plan on lining them out for increase this next season.


Below is from the Lily Auction seeds purchased (GUIDED BY VOICE X ASHWOOD SMOKEY JOE)



This one is out of two of my seedlings "Firstbourne" x "Pretty Girl" and I garden-named her "You Go Girl" when I saw her for the first time!

And the last one for today out of MANDALAY BAY MUSIC x sdlg Firstbourne" This one was g'named "Bulley Bay" because it is SO VIGOROUS!

 I decided to do one more because it is full sib to the one above(it was a very good cross!)
g' named "Bay Blue" because of it's "bluish" pattern


Hope you enjoyed them, and any comments would be very welcome!

PS I just decided to send you an interior pic of our home which will show you the vertical mouldings I was speaking about. This is one of the neutrally painted rooms. The occasion for all the daylilies was my 2yr old G'daughter's b'day and I played a game with her older sisters to go find all the daylilies I had placed in various places. (I had just brought in from the field that morning). We had a lot of fun! 

PPS for those of you who don't know, you can always click on the pictures and they will be larger to see...