Garden Volunteers

  Rugosa         Garden Volunteers are Welcome!


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~ James 1:17 (NIV)



I nearly always welcome garden volunteers… they appear often by surprise, always adding a personal touch and a lasting memory.  By their very nature, garden volunteers are truly a simple joy. 

Of course I’m not referring to a surprise “helper” out there in the garden, pulling weeds — although they are always welcomed. The garden volunteers which I describe are those serendipitous herbaceous wonders which appear unannounced and unanticipated in the garden, much to my great delight. 

I can’t help but think of them as a special, beautiful present from Above. Almost always, the gift was a plant I had enjoyed and thought would be a lovely addition, but didn’t have. Usually, whereEVER it popped up is right where it stayed and grew. Always it was enjoyed by all who passed by. 

The first special surprise gift I discovered in my garden several years ago was Spiderwort. We have enjoyed these old-fashioned lovelies for several seasons in our herb garden. I added a few last year and they returned in profusion. 


Another big surprise one year was a great clump of Black-eyed Susans, right at the entry of the garden arch leading down the rocky garden path to the Cat’s and Medicinal Herb Gardens, just below the Cutting Garden. Such a cheery touch!

If all of this were not enough, my long-desired evergreen vine appeared on the same garden arch entry. It has grown and flourished, offering a lush welcome year-round. 

Thank you, Lord!


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