Like many of you, this summer the weather has not been a gardener’s friend. We have had almost no rain for 5 weeks. During most of this time, our ability to water was limited as we dealt with well issues.
I am looking at my garden as I write today. Every time I look up, I start dividing the plants I see into categories … you are doing well in drought conditions/you are not.
In almost every case the ones doing the worst are the newest. Shallow roots.
By definition, roots are that part of a vascular plant normally underground. Their primary functions are:
- ABSORPTION (WATER & MINERALS)
- FOOD STORAGE
You often hear WATER DEEPLY. There is a reason for that. Shallow watering keeps the roots close to the surface to get the refreshing drink… but also where the heat can zap them. Watering deeply sends those roots down to where is it cooler and they are safer from the heat! And, those deep strong roots will keep them better anchored for the “windy” seasons to come.
These plants have their “roots” in the Mediterranean so they have dry, hot summers in their DNA. As you would expect, this summer’s weather has not bothered my established plants very much at all. However, I have 6 new lavender plants in the “refreshed” herb garden and they are not doing well! To date, I have 2 that are already gone and 2 that are almost gone, and two that look a bit sick. Even though they were watered almost every day – they struggled. Those shallow, thin, fine roots weren’t happy dry, or wet in all the heat.
NOTE: While I have tried almost every lavender on the planet, Munstead is the lavender that not only tolerates our winters best but also gives me the lavender bloom and fragrance that I like best. With all the new varieties, bloom shape and fragrance differ a great deal. Many of the Munsteads in my garden I started from seed and they are doing very well.
Turmoil is not a word I use often, however these days it seems to fit … a state of disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty. We feel it. We see it on the faces of others. Our hearts are breaking for all that is happening around the world and to our friends experiencing the storms of life and the literal storms that are wreaking havoc. Just like the plants I mentioned earlier, the deeper our roots, the more grounded we are, the better we will withstand what comes our way. My life is rooted in my relationship with Jesus. While that does not remove the hurt or struggle, it gives assurance of who will walk with me. I’m trusting in his ways and his timing. King David was no stranger to turmoil either… When I am afraid, I put my trust in You. PSALM 56:3
Scripture reminds us how God’s care for us by inviting us to CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD ….
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither labor nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. Luke 12:27
While we are talking about roots, I would add to that … consider the Black-eyed Susans. Those girls dig deep and have quite the anchor! I don’t think they have even noticed that it has not rained in weeks! 🙄🌼
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let’s dig deep friends. Find our anchor. Surround ourselves with what and who offers us refreshment, strength, and purpose to continue to bloom and to lift up those around us regardless of what this world keeps tossing our way. 😘
9 thoughts on “BLOOM THYME FRIDAY: Dig Deep”
So true about roots and stability and hope. Our gardens truly teach us about our Creator, God. Won’t the gardens of heaven be amazing!
Yes, the Gardens in heaven will be amazing. The Bible starts and ends in a garden and Jesus went to the garden to pray before the cross … so we know that gardens are important!xo
Ironically, I live in Louisiana (North, hill country, not touched by hurricane Ida) and my garden is suffering from drought. But for the first time in decades my roses have had repeat infestations of what I believe is spider mites. I have sprayed and resprayed in 3 days; continued with regular twice monthly spray schedule and scheduled feeding. Any ideas? Gaye I
Hello Gaye, So sorry for your drought. We still need rain so badly. I don’t have a lot of experience with spider mites but here is an article that I hope will give you some suggestions… https://www.thebuglady.ca/spider-mite-control 🌹
The dryness has affected my garden, too. It hurts to see suffering plants! It hurts to see suffering people, too. I wish they could all know Jesus.
Sorry your garden has been affected too. Our hearts go out to those suffering and there is so much today. Take care.
Very lovely blog. Thank you! I just responded to your blog, but my computer shut down due to a thunderstorm in my area. Weather has been good here in sunny Virginia with lots of rain. Roses are beautiful, French marigolds are stunning (Ohh La La), lots of vegetables still performing. Love all of your Biblical verses, too. Means a lot.
Beautifully written Teresa. May we and our plants have very deep roots. Prayer for me is the best way to water my soul deeply. I know you feel this too. Hugs. ~~Dee
Thanks Dee. Yes, prayer is a constant! 😘😘