As Summer Winds Down

To everything there is a season, and our record-breaking summer is finally winding down to its end.  The days are shortening, the temperatures are back in the eighties, and rain is in the forecast.  Yesterday morning, when I went to the garden with my camera, I could sense the change in the atmosphere.  Even though fall “officially” arrived last month, it is just beginning to make its presence felt here in north central Texas.  With cooler days and new hope for rain, we are ready to plant again.

There is something special about gardening at this time of the year.  Plants that have been in the ground all summer long start to get a bit unruly.  Even so, it is difficult to prune them back even when they are invading another plant’s space.  As I pull back a vigorous salvia and discover a smaller plumbago, I have to choose: do I lop off the salvia and punish it for being so prosperous?  As much as I adore the lovely blue flowers of the plumbago, I usually side with the salvia.  In the midst of heat and drought, the salvia rose above its garden companions and provided abundantly for migrating monarchs on their way to Mexico.  Besides, the salvia will return next spring, while the plumbago is unlikely to survive the cold blast of winter.

Just two weeks ago, the garden was full of monarchs resting and refueling for their journey.  Yesterday morning, the distinctive orange, white and black beauties were still in the garden, but in much smaller numbers.  The salvia is still blooming, but the butterflies were spending most of their time on the sweet blossoms of the glossy abelia.  What a joy it has been to participate in this annual migration of the monarchs by providing a place for them to regroup!

I hope you enjoy our walk in the garden today.  And don’t forget to partake in the blessing of Shabbat!

Shabbat Shalom,


12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lucy Roberts on October 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Amen…thank you for the cool refreshing dip in His garden!


  2. Hi Pam, I have been watching your pictures of the Global Spheres property from Seattle from the beginning…what an incredible transformation…God has definitely appointed you for “such a time as this”…


  3. This is so perfect and timely. I can re-live the powerful presence of God as I spent maximum time in the Garden at Rosh Hashanah. I took multiple pictures of the garden, video of it and the water from the rock and the monarchs. Even last night I was slowly going through them and worshiping. Where I am (Interior AK) the leaves are long gone, days definitely shorter and the ground now frozen. Bless you for the current pictures and the narrative! This is Kingdom.


  4. Posted by Gaenor Erasmus on October 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Shabbat Shalom precious Pam!
    Oh my goodness – what a blessing this garden is! An absolute JOY! The little statue of the little girl was a sheer delight – that is me! Every detail just shouts out the FULLNESS OF GOD! He truly is the same yesterday, today & tomorrow! Thank you for sharing so frequently – it keeps us all feeling so a part of this great adventure!
    Much love and big hugs
    Gaenor in Cyprus


  5. Posted by Penny jackson on October 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Looks great!


  6. Posted by vivian zuniga on October 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Beautiful word pictures. Thank You..


  7. Posted by Judith Watts on October 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Many thanks to you,Pam, and all who have taken part in this beautiful garden.
    I love the pictures,and your sweet comments.Blessings to you all !


  8. Posted by Joyce Lunde on October 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Pam, These pictures are some of the most peaceful, restful, and rejuvenating pictures of The Garden that you could have sent.
    May God’s blessing be on you and all that have participated in this endeavor. And thank you.


  9. Posted by zionsgate on October 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Pam-
    So many wonderful photos! I look forward to the day when my wife Robyn and I will walk through that Holy ground, spend time in prayer there, and breathe in by the Spirit what you and your co-laborers have created by Yahweh’s guiding hand.

    We had numerous Monarch butterflies ‘visiting’ our back yard this summer- here in Beaumont, CA. Our slope has flowers that they enjoy! They made me think of Romans 12:1,2… and our metamorphosis into His image in fullness.

    Kingdom Blessings, in HIM… ~Santos


  10. Posted by Pauline Hebert on October 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I so enjoy the walks through the garden with u Pam. Thanks for all you do and for making it feel for us who are not on site as though we are right in the mist there with u guiding us on each tour. Thanks so much Pauline Hebert, from Maurice, Louisiana


  11. Posted by Linelle Kelley on October 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    So beautiful and the peace flows through the photos. Thank you for all your hard work. I’m thankful it’s raining in Texas!


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