Consider the Lilies

“Consider the lilies of the field…”

brickOr, in my case, the succulents of the back yard!

close up geraniums
“…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

The message of these words, as most of you know, is that we should trust God to take care of us, and not stress over the future. I realize that in the day we are living in, that may be easier said than done. So lately my attention is drawn to the succulents in my back yard, which, while I’m not making any assumptions as to Solomon and all his glory, are actually looking pretty good.succulent yellow flowerAs I have mentioned before, succulents seem to be the plant of choice for me lately. I have discovered that as long as I water them every now and then, they will thrive pretty much anywhere I put them.

You’ll notice that this one has “babies”. That’s what I love about succulents, they give you new plants for free so you don’t have to keep buying them in the stores. Because to be honest, some of these succulents tend to be a bit pricey.

Not long ago I cut back some of the ones I had in pots, and planted the cuttings in the yard. I had left a bunch of cuttings lying on the top of the soil in the plastic pot on the right, and several days later I noticed that they had not only sprouted roots, but flowers!

I keep thinking I need to re-pot the aloe vera on the right, or at the very least put it in the ground with the rest of the “cactus area” plants.

Speaking of the cactus area, the nopales are having babies too!

nopales and spiky plantEven the “spiky plant” is doing pretty well!

You guessed it: These photos are entitled “Frog Close Up” and “Frog Far Away”.hedgehogI suppose that means this one should be called “Hedgehog Close Up”.turtle and hedgehogA couple more “garden friends”.

Experimenting with close ups.from patio chairAlso experimenting with different perspectives. This is looking at the succulents as seen through the bottom of the mosaic work table.toenails 2Another thought on perspective: If you bend your feet just right, you can be fairly successful in hiding the fact that you really need to trim your toenails.butterfly on fenceIf you look carefully, you might see a butterfly!fg flowers 4Oh, and the flowers in the “featured image” of this post? Not from my yard, I can assure you. I took this when I went for a walk around a nearby outdoor shopping area this week.FG flowers 2I’ve had snapdragons in my yard before, but never like this!FG flowers 3Aren’t they gorgeous?small flowerAnd in the parking lot I found this tiny little guy.pansiesConsider the pansies. Don’t they look like they’re smiling?

9 thoughts on “Consider the Lilies

  1. Julianne Lugo

    I love succulents. They are so easy to maintain. Your yard looks great Debbie! Good job!! We have some we are working on. The fun part is separating and seeing them multiply like you’ve done. Love your posts!!!

  2. You have a wonderful yard with so many beautiful plants. Looks like a great place to relax. I love those valiant little flowers coming through the cracks. Wish there was a way to save them when that happens. I have seen such bloom and always wondered.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it also reminds me of when you see a little plant peeking out from under the snow (not that you ever see that here in Fresno 😂) But we do see a fair amount in sidewalk cracks. 😊🌸🌸

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