This display of our new Mary Garden filled with delightful spring flowers has coincided with the first of a new season of "Living Lives of Loveliness" carnivals.
Paula over at A Catholic Harvest will be showcasing the beautiful season of Autumn for those ladies in the northern hemisphere and for ladies like myself who live in the southern hemisphere, we will be reminding everyone in the carnival of the joys of Spring!
The English Daisy is known as "Mary Love" and while this beautiful daisy plant is not exactly that, I like to think all daisies as "Mary Loves" ~ so beautiful and feminine.
In Devonshire, England, the old folks said Our Lady’s Ear-drop was the only name they had ever known for the flower. It is said that their forefathers, on first seeing the flowers and noticing how they resembled ear-drops, named them in Mary’s honor. It may be that pious persons named the blossoms Our Lady’s Ear-drops as their way of paying tribute to Mary, who through her ears “heard the word of God, and kept it.” ~ St Anthony's Messenger
I have two other rose standards in my Mary Garden, they are both the same, 'Seduction Rose' and I have to say I feel that rose is poorly named, look at the beautiful image below and to me it has a very childlike feel to it or it expresses to me the gentle love of a mother. I certainly look forward to many profuse blooms from these standards in the next week or so, that remind me of my heavenly mother's tender, soft love for us all.
This beautiful site speaks of the rose in connection to Our Lady very well:
"The rose is regarded as the "queen of flowers", and often symbolizes Mary, the Queen of Heaven. Also an almost universal symbol of perfect love, its color, perfection of form, and fragrance, as well as its thorns signifies Mary's role in salvation history as the Mother of God the Savior who was crowned with thorns and shed His blood on the Cross for love of mankind. The rose, arising from a thorny bush, also signifies Mary, the Mystical Rose, "our fallen Nature's solitary boast", who alone of the human race was conceived without sin. It also may contain a parallel with the fiery thorn bush from which God spoke to Moses: Mary, immaculately conceived, was the means through which God became Man, The Word made flesh." his turning is always to me within me resides the fullness of grace the Trinity is at home...."
"I am all for my beloved,
his turning is always to me
within me resides the fullness of grace
the Trinity is at home...."
These orchids are called 'Crucifix Orchids'. The wild orchid is known as "Mary's Hand of Pity" or "Our Lady's Tears" ~ Mary's Hand of Pity particularly touches me and so that is how I would like to see these beautiful orchids. The colours here a gorgeous, a stunning pink and a red that is a real burgundy.
There seems to me, a lovely connection between this orchid's real name 'Crucifix Orchid' and 'Mary's Hand of Pity.' This orchid is also a stunning colour, a yellow/orange, a beautiful mix with the other two orchids surrounding Our Lady's statue.
joy of the Bridegroom was made manifest in me.
I am the violet of the greatest humility
"The marigold was called Mary's Gold by early Christians who placed the flowers around statues of Mary, offering the blossoms in place of coins. It was told that Mary used the blossoms as coins. A legend says that during the Flight into Egypt the Holy Family was accosted by a band of thieves. They took Mary's purse and when they opened it, marigolds fell out. " ~ Mary's Flowers
The beautiful 'face' of a marigold follows the light of the sun, day after day:
"Present-day scientists are still awed by the marigold. Some botanists believe the flower holds the key to a few baffling problems of the plant world. People of science were interested in the golden flower centuries before it attracted the attention of Western Christians. To a degree quite unique among medieval plants, Mary's gold exhibited a strange sensitivity to light from the sun.
Every farmer and gardener knew that the flower opened its half-shut eyes each day about 9 a.m.. For about six hours it slowly turned its head to follow the bright sun. About 3 p.m., it began folding its petals for another night of slumber.
Early observers had some interesting theories, but no systematic body of facts. Modern analysts have extended the knowledge of this phenomenon, but still stumble in a corridor enshrouded by a fog of mystery.
Today botanists refer to the marigold's movement as phototropism (light-turning). Most, if not all, plants arrange their leaves, blossoms and stems in response to light. Conspicuous movements by the marigold and sunflower simply dramatize a process taking place more slowly among practically all green-leaf organisms." ~ Mary's Gold by By Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
Here is our delicate Sweet Alyssum, it has a few marian names associated with it, Blessed by Mary or Mary's Little Cross. Each little flowerhead is a tiny cross, and so this is the symbol of the interior Cross of Christ borne within Mary's heart and soul ~ her hidden sorrow.
The iris the queenship bestowed from above. lavender tells of my holiness the purity of my life...."
lavender tells of my holiness
the purity of my life...."
It bears the beautiful name of, "Mary's Drying Plant" due to this marian legend:
Lavender was said to be one of the plants most loved by the Blessed Virgin because it represented purity, cleanliness and virtue."
Another legend states that rosemary will never grow taller than a person, nor exceed Christ’s age at death. Integral to Biblical and medieval gardens, rosemary is also found in Shakespearean gardens, for the various references to rosemary in his plays such as this line from Hamlet, "There’s rosemary; that’s for remembrance." ~ Secret Garden
Petunias are named, "Mary's Praises". These blooms were named for the praises that rise from the lips of her devotees. I can only guess that when we really want to sing someone's praises, we want to 'trumpet them' to the world! Petunias are certainly very eye-catching trumpets!
where all the virtues blossom in sweet harmony for the Trinity."
Diane C Farr
We planted in winter our vege patch.....
Now that it is spring, everything is growing! We are harvesting broccoli, cauliflower, cos lettuces and soon we will be enjoying our roma and cherry tomatoes!