As Thanksgiving dinner fades slowly into memory–aided by an overloaded digestive system–I want to take the time to thank our generous Father for all of His gifts. Since my first blog post back in March, we have witnessed restoration and transformation in the Israel Prayer Garden that transcended drought, heat, wind, and time. During this season of thanksgiving, when we pause to express our thanks for family, friends, and freedom, I want to thank all of those who have given time, plants, labor, gifts, and prayer to see God’s vision come to pass on this little piece of earth in Corinth, Texas. As the garden enters its well-earned season of rest, we bid a temporary farewell to the heat loving flowers and their pollinating partners and we say hello to the subdued colors of fall and winter. Soon the garden will be hung with lights in preparation for the Festival of Lights. Before the decorating begins, here is one more look at the garden on a welcome rainy day earlier this week. Thank you, Father, for rain, and we trust that more is on the way as we prepare for the sabbath.
Since my last post on November 2, we have been experiencing the changing of seasons in the garden. We had our first frost, another welcome shower, and a visit from the Denton County AgriLife Extension Horticulturist, Janet Laminack. Next week, members of the Denton County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Tour Committee will pay us a visit, as well. They start planning and preparing well in advance for the May garden tour.
So much is happening, inside and out, here at Global Spheres that I have just a few moments to post a few pictures. Hope you have enjoyed your Shabbat as much as I did!
As the days shorten and temperatures continue to cool, we are spending time preparing the garden for its season of rest. Of course, while the plants rest, we will be celebrating the first Festival of Lights in the Garden! While we plant bulbs, perennials, and wildflower seeds, we are also beginning to imagine the trees and porch adorned with the traditional blue and white of Hanukkah. So, as usual, we have been busy in the garden.
On Tuesday, the current president of the Denton County Master Gardeners Association, Jenny Estes, visited the garden for the first time. It is always a treat for me to see the garden through another person’s eyes, and when that other person is a gardener, the treat is multiplied. As we completed our tour, Jenny asked if I would be willing to put our garden–including the community vegetable garden and composting operation–on the Denton County Master Gardeners Association Garden Tour next spring. Well, of course! I will keep you all posted on developments, but suffice it to say that I was truly honored and humbled at the same time.
I’ll leave you with a gallery of photos taken over the last week in the garden.