Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Desert Garden for Lent

About three years ago I "retired" from full time work. I'd had a full time job of one sort or another since 1981. Suddenly, my days were free, as I now work as a waitress three or four nights a week at a steakhouse (which, by the way, is a job I absolutely LOVE!)

Anyway, now that my days are free, I like to attend daily Mass at the local nursing home, which is run by the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. Rosary is at 9:30 followed by Mass at 10:00, Monday through Saturday. I am able to go most days. Quite a blessing.

Anyway, last year during Lent, the nuns had the neatest little succulent garden in a planter near the altar and I just loved it. I thought it was a nice representation of Christ's days in the desert before he began his public ministry. (See Mark chapter 4 and Luke Chapter 4.) So I went out and bought myself a little potted "desert garden."

I placed it on the dining room table and Tim and I were reminded at every meal that we were in the "desert" of Lent.

Of course, the plants grew - and became rather overgrown over the past year. So just a couple of days ago I pulled all the plants out and replanted pieces of them. The nice thing about succulents, according to a Google search, is how easy they are to propagate! I cut the four different styles back and replanted them. The site I found said to keep the soil moist for a month, watering twice a week, and then to cut back to monthly waterings. This will give the roots time to grow and to establish. I probably should have done this a bit earlier, so that my "desert garden" will be ready for Lent - but I think it will be just fine!

Notice the rocks...they were part of the original potted garden. I wish I'd taken a "before" shot, but alas, I didn't think to do that. Ah well. Just imagine an overgrown patch of succulents!

I hope you find a bit of inspiration in this little project of mine. Maybe you'll even plant a desert garden for your Lenten season!


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