Clearing the Winter’s Debris

I confess: I do not enjoy winter.  The only thing good about it, for me, is that I have plenty of time to study plant and seed catalogs and dream of spring.  Thankfully, where I live, I don’t have to wait long for the first signs of spring.  Here in north Texas, the forsythia and flowering quince are in full bloom, the daffodils are bobbing their cheerful heads in the breeze, and the red bud trees are starting their annual show of color right on schedule.  It won’t be long until fields and roadsides are awash with Indian paintbrush and bluebonnets, the signature colors of a Texas spring!

This is the time of year for raking up the rest of the fallen leaves, trimming trees, shrubs, and perennials, and preparing for the growing season.  At the Twelve Tribes Garden site in Corinth, that is exactly what has been happening the past few days.  Now that the winter’s debris is cleared away, the planting process can begin in earnest!  Over the next several weeks, we will evaluate the existing irrigation system, start laying out the boundaries for the twelve garden areas, establish additional pathways, prepare planting beds, and plant trees and shrubs.  I will let you know when we have work days scheduled so you can make plans to join us in the garden.

Take a look at the freshly mowed and trimmed landscape.

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Virginia Mary Zajesky on March 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Pam, I live in an apartment and I’m sort of the major domo for the building. I have very little space to garden but at the back entrance to our building I plant white impatience (and this year, a few veggies). Its a foot and a half here, a foot there, etc.
    So maybe I have 6 feet total. Still, I get lovely compliments from the workers and the residents.

    I can’t wait to see what you do with those wide open spaces. Have fun.


  2. Posted by Vickie on March 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    This gives me hope that Spring will arrive; it has been a very long winter in Michigan this year. It is so wonderful to see flowers bloom and to see the ground without snow. Thanks


  3. Posted by Pamela Henderson on March 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

    That garden is beautiful. I love it.


  4. Posted by gaenor Erasmus on March 7, 2011 at 8:11 am

    wow! what a difference a clean up can make!! Well done and i am looking so forward to seeing how you transform this space into shear beauty! happy digging!


  5. Posted by Cynthia Knox on March 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Pam: I look forward to watching the transformation of The Land and Twelve Tribes Garden! It will be a place of great beauty and serenity…much needed in today’s world.

    I like Virginia,live in an apartment. The patio is quite large and over the past several months I have been contemplating planting a small (very small) veg & herb garden. I believe as I follow the unfolding and transformation of the Twelve Tribes Garden, it will inspire me with my mini garden!

    Thanks for the blog and perhaps some time I can come help move some dirt…


  6. WOWWWW Beatiful!!!!


  7. Posted by Donna Roeder on March 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Hi Pam,
    I’m just reflecting on how many weeks I’ll have to wait for my forsythia and daffodils to start to bloom here in New York. I am happy to report that I saw 2 robins a couple of days ago as well as a flock of red-winged blackbirds. Then we got a few more inches of snow so I hope the robins can find some food. I look forward to see the gardens take form. Blessings and enjoy the beauty of our Lord’s awesome creation.


  8. I’m so excited to see this garden take shape and purpose. I know the Lord has given you a plan that will touch many and I know that this will be a garden unlike any other. Oh, the God-given possibilities and purpose we will see only as it unfolds.

    Love the Blog!!!


  9. Posted by Maggie Wallace on March 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My Granny lived in the outdoors and I think it’s from her that I get my love of spring. As I looked at the pictures you have posted and read your blogs, it was so exciting that I wished I were there in Texas to be a part. When I was young, I loved walking through my Granny’s garden and just taking it all in. While I didn’t realize it then, I think it was a healing experience to just be in God’s creation. As I read your blog, memories flooded back of all the wonderful walks I had in my Granny’s garden. I think this garden will have the same effect on people. It will be a place for people to come be healed, to worship the God of creation and His Spirit will abide there. How exciting! I love how you have taken the gift of gardening placed inside of you and are letting God create this place of beauty where He can dwell. Anyway, I think it’s awesome and my prayers are with you and I can’t wait to come to Corinth and walk through the garden. One of my fav songs growing up was “I come to the garden alone. . . . and He walks with me, and He talks with me. And He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.” But others will know it. God bless you!


  10. Posted by fonda graham on March 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Hi there Pam. I am so interested in this prayer garden. I live in Granbury, Texas.


  11. Posted by Tamera Cowles on March 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Pam and friends: How inviting this blog is to my soul. In my personal life I have made the journey through the January ice and snow- and yes the truck broke down along the way from Seattle WA to Holland MI-unloading my truck and returning it hours before the blizzard hit that burried me inside working hard to organize and unpack because SPRING was just around the next bend! I have waited for years experiencing winter in my soul as the seasons changed. Not so now. It have put my hand to the plow and God brought the workhorses and yoke-aligned with Him. Honestly, I am misunderstood as I obey him more fully and yeild to His plan for my garden. I have looked out over the snow and dreamed about what would come up first while He knows the day and hour- I intend to prosper like your flourishing garden will in every season from here on out. My heart swells at the sight of the projects the Lord trusts you with. What was paradise but a garden full of pleasures? He put everiting needful in the garden for us to tend-not because we needed the work but so we would learn His ways. Shalom Pam and all those blessed to labor with you in the garden. May our spring be fountains and springs and living water everywhere. I plan to get outside tomorrow and dig through the snow to get to the soil. bringing some inside so I can learn about whats in my soil and how to move forward.
    Love strong Pam, thanks for the blog. You may already have resources for an edible landscape. I use Raintreenursery in WA,
    a great recource. We should attract beautiful song birds and the like to the garden for our healing and enjoyment. Shalom!


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