BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: There’s Always the Garden


When the world wearies and ceases to satisfy, there’s always the garden.

While this is a quote that is common to most of us, these few words have spoken volumes to me during 2020. And, 2020 just keeps giving us more and more reasons to retreat to the garden … to work  … to think … to just be.

In my world, the weather is doing all it can for us with unseasonably warm temps, bright and beautiful sunny days, and a fall sky that is bluer than I ever remember.


While we have this window of opportunity, I am buying and planting more bulbs. Many of today’s bulbs will go outside our home office window under Mr. G’s bird feeder.

Today the morning shadows gave us a beautiful sight out that window. 

Mr. G and I love birds. We have a funny story in the family of our dedication to birds …. birdhouses and feeders were on the property long before the house.

Yesterday I noticed that one of our climbing roses that was previously all tied up for winter has sent out more extremely long canes and needs another love touch. That’s on the list for this week too.

I “buried” the two ‘Moonlight in Paris’ roses that were in pots on the deck. I will unearth them in March and see what we have. I have used this method before and my fingers are crossed that it works again. All I need to do is add the mulch!

‘Moonlight in Paris’ in June


I have a new tool!

I showed Mr. G an Instagram video on garden tools from Michael Marriott @michaelrosarian and Rosie Irving @rosieposeyirving on their @growingcooking Instagram page. He loved the part about the Hori Hori knife. Believe it or not, I didn’t have one. Mr. G is all about tools so a week later, Amazon delivered a surprise. I haven’t used it yet but if it’s Rosie’s favorite, I know it is going to change my world. #itlookssharp #sayaprayer If you don’t follow this dynamic duo on Instagram, do so! They will be a very bright spot in your day.


I’m curious about what you do in times of stress.

I noticed that in the last few weeks I reverted to some old habits I picked up when Peyton Manning (my all time fav) was playing football. Whether in college or the Pro’s, I felt it my duty to see that he came out of the game alive and hopefully the winner. This is due in part (a big part) to my upbringing. I was raised in a home where the name Manning was often spoken as my dad was an Archie Manning fan. I heard these stories as my dad painstakingly taught me the game of football.

So, what did I do to survive the big games and other stressful times? I know you are excited to know!!!


Yes, I ironed and I prayed. I practically wore out our clothes with the iron. We never looked so “pressed.” Know this, I do not like to iron but it works for me!

Other ways I destress….


My glass is looking quite sparkly, don’t you think.


Weather permitting … this is the best of all. There’s no place like the garden. I think God planned it that way.

There is another phrase that you see around a lot but it still rings true… You can bury a lot of problems digging in the dirt. From the time I was a little girl I knew — dirt is magical.

Friends, I am praying you are healthy, safe, and secure as we deal with all that life is throwing our way. And, that you are able to always find the beauty around you.


Here’s what I know for sure…

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38

Until next time, love to you…


6 thoughts on “BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: There’s Always the Garden

  1. Sooo enjoy your posts! I may try burying my potted roses. Never know what kind of winter we’ll have.

  2. I am so happy to receive your blog once again and have enjoyed it immensely. Thank you! We enjoy watching old movies in the mornings (black and white, no color) on tv with our coffee. And we love seeing Cedric on CBS every Friday night at 8:00 PM. Lots of creative, funny, and entertaining videos. Cedric is the host of the show. We have had gorgeous weather recently, and we are able to be outdoors in our yard. My husband purchased a lot of pansies for me this week, and he also planted them along with buying bags of mulch for my roses and spreading it. It is by believing in roses one brings them to bloom. The rose is my favorite flower. We both love to read and text a lot. BTW, I tried Hershey’s cocoa in my chili, and it was really good (made the liquid or sauce a darker color and richer). I purchased everything for the caramel dip, but I have not made it yet. I have my Fuji apples. I hope you will continue with your blog next week. We watched a show on Tokyo, Japan, this morning. WOW! Such a bustling and large city! It was wonderful.

  3. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – It has turned cold here in VA, and we are having our FIRST frost as of tonight. But then it is supposed to warm back up. Still have roses in bloom and enjoying my pretty pansies. Just wanted to wish you and Mr. G a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.

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