Southern Garden

Submitted by Christi

My, what a labor of love a garden is. Been working on getting my garden in this weekend. It is a bit late, but with soooooo much rain, I had to wait for a dry weekend. It turned out that this weekend was perfect. Cool temperatures with overcast skies but NO RAIN!

Before I go on with this post, I want to pause and remember all of the people along the Mississippi River who are dealing with the aftermath of the massive rains, the floods. When I see that so many people are losing their homes, that so many farmers are losing their crops, my heart just breaks. I have been so encouraged by the spirit of the people in the areas that are going to flood. They are truly an inspiration. God bless them and please keep them in your prayers.

I am blessed to live in a higher area in a town that is surrounded by lakes and rivers. We have had record amount of rain here which has kept me from putting in my garden earlier. However, this weekend was the perfect time!

The best way to garden in my area is raised gardening. I built my raised garden out of my old herb planter.

Herb planter

I took the planter apart to create my raised bed.

Southern Garden


The piece of the planter that faces me on the back porch is the one with my favorite garden verse –

A kiss of the sun for pardon.
The song of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer God’s heart in the garden,
Than anywhere else on earth.

Now for some more pictures:

Southern Garden

southern garden

It is a small garden but I am looking forward to the fruits of my labor (which didn’t feel small). I have  been gardening for some years now. It seems that for every garden I put in, at some point, I think, “What in the world do you think you are doing?” It does take a lot of effort but it truly does feed the soul.

She who plants a garden is very happy indeed!

I took a small planter and made a garden. The metamorphosis fed my soul. What other metamorphosis’ are going on in blogland? Check them out!


Metamorphosis Monday

Metamorphosis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch

Southern Words from Donna

Submitted by Christi

You may remember my friend Donna Butler Douglas that I introduced you to last year. Remember her? She is the creator of the fabulous DonnaDots!

Here are some DonnaDots to help you remember:



Yes, that Donna. She is so very talented and as it turns out, very organized as well. Donna has graciously written down some of her favorite organization tips for me to share with you. I will be doing that soon but today I wanted to share something else about Donna.

Donna lost her wonderful friend, her faithful dog Beau this past weekend. Beau was 13 years old and his health had begun to fail. I know many of you are pet owners and have known the heartbreak of losing a beloved pet. Donna is a very talented composer as well as a graphic artist. She writes beautiful anthems that can literally bring tears to your eyes.

Donna shared one her anthems in this very special tribute to her beloved dog, Beau. Get a tissue before you watch this beautiful video.

Love you, Donna!

Today’s Lagniappe: Easy Quesadillas
Love things that are yummy and easy!

3/4 cup taco meat
4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
1/2 cup salsa, divided
Sour cream

-Spread taco meat evenly over 2 tortillas. Sprinkle evenly with 3/4 cup cheese, and drizzle with 1/4 cup salsa. Top with remaining tortillas.
-Microwave 1 quesadilla, covered with a paper towel, on a microwave-safe plate at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining quesadilla.
-Cut each into 8 wedges; serve with remaining 1/4 cup salsa, sour cream, and remaining 1/2 cup cheese.