Modernism rejects the great beauty of the past. In fact, it often destroys or defaces it, constantly stripping away tradition and whatever has gone before. This is one example.
On a smaller scale, I have myself been guilty of viewing my gardening as mostly a utilitarian exercise, focusing solely on things that can be used or eaten.
In doing this, I have sometimes neglected beauty. But beauty feeds the soul, and is spiritually uplifting.
There is great beauty in nature, though it’s not strictly needed.
God didn’t need to make this:
He could have made grey capsules that release and receive pollen.
This is excessive.
Sometimes, in encouraging others to cast off inedible landscaping and worthless lawns, I have swung the pendulum too far, doing ugly things like gardening in tires or just planting rows of crops without giving the eyes – and the spirit – something lovely to rest on.
The woods at this time of year are like a wonderland of green leaves and spring blooms.
But many of our homesteads look like junkyards, focused solely on utility without a thought for greater things.
This year I decided to fill my Grocery Row Gardens with irises and daylilies, sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias and lilies. Just because. No, we can’t eat most of those, but they bring joy and beauty, and since God was the maker of both the olive and the daisy, we should celebrate both.
I repent of directing my eyes only upon the needs of the flesh. There is space for beauty as well.
“Considerate lilia quomodo crescunt non laborant non nent dico autem vobis nec Salomon in omni gloria sua vestiebatur sicut unum ex istis.”
I’ve got a swampy area where I’m about to put some absolutely useless pussy willows. I’m sure there’s some food that could grow there. Thanks for giving me permission. 😉
Those are really cool willows. I remember my grandparents bringing some small branches home for us from up North.
David. Latin. Really. Made me work on this one. Luke 12:27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Virginia was not around to tell me what it said. Had to google it. LOL
I love my mega sunflowers in the garden.
Yes indeed. I love those sunflowers too.
One of my favorite Hymns too!
I love the chapter in the book, “The Secret Garden” when the children lustfully sing out the doxology among the flowers.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here below!
Praise Him above all heavenly hosts!
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost….Amen”
Great article. I used to scoff at the idea of adding flowers to a garden and even landscaping. I thought it was a waste. Now I can’t seem to have enough blooms all over. I also can’t help to notice the growing number of Catholic books you’re reading. I’d like to suggest a small Catholic publisher named “Tumblar House” They publish a lot of books by Charles Coloumbe, who is one of my favorite Catholic writer, historian, and commentator. God Bless you and your family and keep bring the awesome content.
Thank you. I am researching heavily and am coming to believe that the Catholic church really is the one, holy and apostolic church, despite all the corruption and issues in leadership.
Mostly OT: Found some of these while digging this morning:
Been finding those little grub-looking roots since I was a kid– fascinated by them! But never knew what they were, because they always broke off the plant before I could identify it. Finally, today, digging a new bed to put in beans… I was able to tease out some roots and stems that were still attached and get a positive ID. Florida Betony! Rattlesnake weed! We have tons of them, and *they’re edible!*.
Now how to cook them… experiments in the offing today.
…in case other readers are interested, just tried them raw and they are mildly sweet, pleasantly crunchy, and from the looks of it *right now* is the right time to harvest them.
Pleased as punch!
They ARE good!