|One of my daughter's past county fair pictures.|
If you plant annuals among the perennials, you’ll always have something blooming throughout the summer and into the fall. Much of what you plant depends on where you live, of course. I've always wanted a lemon tree in my yard, but living in Kansas sort of nipped that in the bud. (I know. Pathetic pun. I couldn’t help myself.)
I would have to say that one of my very favorite perennial plants is the mum. It’s green throughout the summer, but then blooms in all its glory in the autumn. Each individual little bloom is nice, but it’s the massive blooms all over the entire plant that make it so beautiful to me. It’s like a huge bouquet in every plant. There’s a certain kind of mum — available in a variety of colors — that I see most often here in Kansas. I don’t even know the official name for it. But while searching the internet for pictures, I learned there’s a lot more varieties than I was aware of. I love mums. Who knew there were so many kinds? Hmmm, I guess mum’s the word, eh?
God is most assuredly the Master Gardener and Creator of the heavens and earth. No matter what your favorite flower is, gaze upon all of His handiwork. Let the beauty fill your heart. Inhale the perfume from His flowers. And praise Him. I love hearing the birds sing His praises every morning. Let us not forget to do the same.
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:11-12 NASB
May you never cease to be amazed at the miracle and beauty in God’s creation.