Larkspur Bunnies!

What a surprise I got yesterday when I was trying to photograph some pink larkspur in my garden. In a closeup photo as I was about to snap the picture, I saw a distinct bunny face staring at me! Have you ever seen them? Can’t believe I’ve grown larkspur for 3 years and never noticed the bunny faces! Here’s the photo that opened my eyes to larkspur bunny faces:
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Apparently the larkspur flower has been reclassified from the genus Delphinium to Consolida. Larkspur varieties are grown and used as cut flowers and are thought to have earned the common name of larkspur because each bloom contains an elongated petal that looks like a spur (which you can see in the above photo), presumably like the hind claws of a meadowlark. The larkspur was originally classified as a Delphinium (meaning dolphin) because the tiny buds on the flower look like dolphins. We humans see so many resemblances in the plant kingdom of familiar animals, don’t we? Like the bunny faces in larkspur! I recently saw a post on Twitter of an exotic black bat flower! Yep, looked like a bat. I think one could write a huge book on plants and flowers that remind us of other living creatures. Seems like our Creator has so many surprises for us to find and enjoy!

There is even a Christian legend which says that after the crucifixion and Christ’s body was placed in a burial tomb with a large boulder in front of the entrance, many people doubted that he would rise again. However, a tiny bunny tried to remind them of Christ’s promise. When all ignored the bunny, it waited in the dark until Christ arose. The bunny spoke to Christ and rejoiced that He had kept His promise. Christ knelt down, showed the bunny a tiny blue larkspur flower and told the bunny to behold the image of the bunny’s face in the flower. The face of the bunny in the larkspur flower symbolizes trusting in Christ and remains a symbol today.

So, dear friends, always be on the look out for surprises hidden among the beautiful creations of God’s earth!

 

 

 

A Valentine Poinsettia

On St. Valentine’s Day my poinsettia is blooming!  Christmas 2014 our church had so many little poinsettia plants to decorate the altar, they were given away to those who wished to adopt one.  I didn’t expect mine to live very long as I’ve never raised a poinsettia before.  The plant did very well until spring and by then the bracts were all green.  I thought the plant might enjoy the great outdoors so I set it out in its pot right next to my St. Francis of Assisi statue in the garden.  Before the end of summer I needed to re-pot it as it had outgrown the little plastic container.  When the first frost was predicted I brought the plant indoors for the winter.  I read about how to get poinsettias to bloom for Christmas but I decided I didn’t want to bother with all that; I would just let my plant be natural and do whatever it wished. It remained vibrantly green until after Christmas and then slowly the bracts started turning red and they are now blooming gloriously on February 14.  When the weather gets appropriate for my dear friend, I will again place it outside in the garden.  I read that poinsettias can grow up to 8 feet tall. This one grew from less than a foot tall in December 2014 to now a little over 2 feet tall.  How tall will this one grow? Will I be able to carry it into the house for winter?  Such a fun problem to have.  We’ll see how long my poinsettia adventure continues.

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Clematis Woes

Off to a glorious start this spring, my oldest clematis plant developed the dreaded brown wilt.  After several years of growing and blooming merrily along the garden fence with never a care, the month of May this year was unusually damp, fostering the growth of the brown wilt fungus which can affect clematis plants.  Sources say the fungus does not attack the roots, so one should cut the plant down to the roots, dispose of the diseased plant and from the roots the clematis will spring forth again, perhaps even the same season.  I very sadly cut the diseased plant back to the roots and am looking forward to its coming back and once again decorating the garden fence with its color and beauty.

Early spring glory with beautiful blossoms, and a bee at work.

005004 Clematis blossom after blooming, making seeds.  I love how these look! So golden and shiny.  They will eventually become dull, fuzzy and blow away.

034                                 And then came the brown wilt fungus……….

001 002But, who knows? The plant may come back this same season.  I already saw a leafy sprig arise from life in the root base.

002“While there’s life, there’s hope.”

~Marcus Tullius Cicero