It's time to bring in the Hydrangeas.
These large heads will be used for wreaths.
I can pull them apart and use them in arrangements, as well.
Pulling the drieds from last year, and putting in fresh.
The deer came through two nights ago and stripped so many plants of leaves, and flowers.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found this lone rose this morning.
When I realized the deer were back, I got out the wolf urine, and sprayed the perimeter with it. The newest garden got through the next night without anymore damage.
Unfortunately, the damage was already done to the Honeysuckle. They stripped the back side of this vine the previous night.
I understand the deer are animals, and they are doing what comes natural. My anger and disdain toward them was put into perspective after our Wednesday night Bible study on "walking in love".
There are times when I struggle with people....their actions, and personalities are "hard to take". I let them irritate me....much like those deer that come in and destroy my beautiful gardens!!
John 13:34 says A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE UNTO YOU, THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER; AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, THAT YE ALSO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
:35 BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER.
Love is not a feeling....just like forgiveness....it's a decision!!! I decide to forgive. I decide to love. If I go on my feelings, I will fail. I must stay with my decision to "walk in love". It's a conscious effort for me at times!!! To look at a person that sets those "feelings" of dislike into motion, to go back to the decision to love. I cannot do it on my own. I need the Holy Spirit to give me strength.
As far as the deer are concerned.....I need all the strength I can get!!!!!