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Karen's  Mary  Garden

This is a special garden I'm creating just outside the window by our kitchen table.  It is a garden that honors Mary, the mother of Jesus.  In the middle of the garden is a small statue of Mary and baby Jesus.  The plants in this area all have traditional names associated with Mary, or some theological topic.  Also, I limited myself to flowers in white and blue, which are Mary's colors in traditional Christian symbolism.  Because truly blue flowers are so difficult to obtain, I'm using purple as a substitute for blue.  I think this is another appropriate color for the Queen of All Saints.  My goal is to have something blue/purple and something white in bloom continuously throughout the growing season.  It may take a few years to reach this goal!

Here is my Madonna and Child statue.  You can see the purple and white crocus in bloom.  This was about 2 weeks before Easter 1999.  The traditional name for the crocus is Penitent's Rose.

Next to bloom were the daffodils, traditionally called Mary's Star.  This variety is named "Mt. Hood" and the cup portion of the blossoms begin yellow, then "ripen" into a creamy ivory color.  They are quite tall and regal.

. . . and the mass of ivory trumpets.  Those bluish blobs are blue squill, traditionally called Lent Flower.  This is how the garden looked on Easter -- this picture does not do it justice.

You can see the yellow cups, as they're opening . . .

The  Other  Gardens

Here are my favorite "assistants" helping me plant my seed-starting pots.  I started seeds for white Marigolds, cucumbers, and sweet peppers. 

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Updated: May 1999

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