“I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.”*

by chuckofish

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It’s tiger lily time in flyover country again. How I do love these hardy and sun-loving plants!

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Everyone, especially Till Eulenspiegel, is happy to see them. Also newly arrived is the Photuris lucicrescens (or firefly) in the foreground of this photo. We call them lightning bugs in this neck of the woods.

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All of these things trumpet the arrival of full-fledged summer here. The temperatures have soared and the humidity has climbed. C’est la vie.

In church on Sunday there were many allusions to gardening in the scripture readings–from Ezekiel where the LORD talks about planting cedars on the mountain top of Israel, to Paul writing the Corinthians that “everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” In the Gospel lesson (Mark 4:26-34) Jesus says,

“The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

I usually let my garden go when it gets too hot (as it does here)–thank goodness for English ivy and potted geraniums!–but this year I am going to try to keep my interest from flagging. We’ll see.

Anyway, here’s a thought for Monday:

“All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.”

John Lubbock

*Ezekiel 17:23