Hyssop: Why You Need to Plant This Herb

Hyssop is a beautiful, fragrant member of the mint family.

The Amber Lily – Hyssop Seeds

It germinates easily and grows quickly to a height of 30-60 cm and a width of 20-40 cm. It is a decorative, aromatic, shrub-like perennial, with spikes of thin, dark green leaves and blue to purple flowers. The flowers are abundant all summer and fall, and are beautiful in cut flower arrangements.

Start seeds indoors in March; transplant or seed outdoors in April, May, and June. Lightly cover seeds with soil; keep moist. Space 20-40 cm apart. Moderate water, but also drought tolerant. Full sun to partial shade.

Perennial. Attracts butterflies and bees.

The Amber Lily – Hyssop Seeds

In The Beginning

The lights of the city gleam and glow
In the misty purple dusk,
Bursting out of the grimy globes
Like tropical fruits from the husk:
A myriad sparkling orbs of light, —
Violet, golden, scarlet, white, —
Blazing up at the stars of night.

But the light was not in the globes;
Man’s hand has led it there,
His power, his thought, the wonder wrought,
Captured and chained the flare;
And the light obeys his will,
The mind of man and his skill.

But back of the light is the power house,
Where the great wheels tireless turn,
Where the pulleys lift and the gearings shift,
And the roaring fires burn.
And back of the power the mine,
Where the toiling slaves of the Lamp
Burrow like moles in the black pit- holes
In the dust and the deadly damp.

And back of the mine are the buried trees
Where the strong winds laid them low,
Charred by the fires of centuries,
Smoldering deep and slow;
The days of the Lord are a thousand years,
The eves and the morns of the circling spheres,
And a thousand thousand lingering days
Passed over the trees and the hidden blaze.

And back of the charred trees are the green,
When the columnar shafts rose high;
And back of the forest the white-hot sun.
With its cords of the heat and the moisture spun
Drawing the seedlings out of the earth,
Up and up to the sky.

And back of the sun is the Voice, that spoke
Unto the light, and the light awoke;
From the dateless dawning of Time it rings,
From the dim, forgotten beginning of things;
And back of the Voice is the Word;
And the formless void heard
And the face of the deep was stirred.
And back of the Word is omnipotent Thought,
Omniscient Spirit, in power that wrought,
Infinite, Triune Creator, who brought
Light from the darkness and Life from the clod;
In the beginning, God.

~~ Annie Johnson Flint, 1866-1932

The Amber Lily – Out of Doors: Nature Songs, by Annie Johnson Flint

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Source: Bible Gateway

The Story of Creation

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day and the darkness He called Night.

So the evening and the morning were the first day.

Then God said, “Let there be an uninterrupted space in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the uninterrupted space, and divided the waters below from the waters above; and it was so. God called the uninterrupted space Heaven.

So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place and let dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land Earth and the gathered waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. The earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the third day.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the uninterrupted space of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the uninterrupted space of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the uninterrupted space of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth, across the face of the uninterrupted space of the heavens. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind;” and it was so. God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the seas, over the birds of the air, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His Own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves about on the earth.”

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all the work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

~~ Genesis 1:1-31 and Genesis 2:1-3 , New King James Version

Download File: The Story of Creation

14 Conversation Starters to Try This Week

1 . What is your idea of a perfect morning?

2. If you could play a musical instrument at a professional level, what would it be?

3. What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you today?

4. What is your favorite room in our house and why?

5. What was one of the nicest things someone ever said to you?

6. If you could do anything you would like, what would you do?

7. What did you learn today?

8. What is your favorite day of the week and why?

9. If you were completely blind but could somehow see for one hour each week, how would you spend that time?

10. If you could have whatever you wanted for dinner what would you choose?

11. In what way would you like to serve the Lord when you’re older?

12. Share what you think is special about older people.

13. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?

14. Share a happy memory.

Download File: Questions001

Spider Plants are Great for Terrariums!

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The Amber Lily – Spider Plant

Spider plants are so easy to grow, require little water and maintenance, and add a beautiful, unique style of leaf to a terrarium, miniature garden, or fairy garden.

A terrarium is a tightly closed, clear glass or plastic container filled with small plants (Figure 1). It also has come to mean an open, transparent container for growing and displaying plants. … When properly planted and located, they provide a novel way to grow many plants with minimal care. …

Closed, open or dish garden?
The first step in planning a terrarium is to decide whether it will be open (no lid or cover) or closed. Closed terrariums retain the most humidity, followed by open terrariums and then dish gardens. Open terrariums and dish gardens require more frequent watering than do closed, but danger of disease buildup is greater in the latter because of higher humidity. …

A closed terrarium normally will not need water for 4 to 6 months. The failure of condensation to form on the inside of the container or the presence of wilting plants indicates the need for water. Open terrariums need watering occasionally but not as frequently as other houseplants. A dish garden, unless it is the desert type, will need frequent watering. Waterings must always be light. Because terrariums have no external drainage, heavy waterings result in standing water in the gravel and charcoal, which encourages root diseases. The gravel and charcoal may help overcome occasional light overwaterings, but frequent heavy watering will inactivate the system. When watering a closed terrarium, don’t replace the cover until wet foliage has dried.

Never overwater. Excess water is almost impossible to remove. Better a little too dry than too wet. …

Source: Terrariums, by David H. Trinklein, University of Missouri

How-To Instructions:

Other terrarium ideas:

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Handworks by Rhonda – Tear Drop Diamond Cut – Stained Glass – Terrariums
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SNL Creations – Geometric Air Plant Holder Stained Glass Hanging Terrarium
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Vintage Penny Lane – Bulk Lot of Sea Glass, Lake Ontario Beach Finds

Quote of the Day – 16

One day at a time,
and the day is His day;
He hath numbered its hours,
though they haste or delay.
His grace is sufficient;
we walk not alone;
As the day, so the strength
that He giveth His own.

~~ Annie Johnson Flint, 1866 – 1932