Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Growing Cannas

Scripture to Live By:
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ephesians 4:15

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

1 Corinthians 13:11

Oh how I would like to grow in my relationship with Jesus and be as strong as my Cannas look in the blooming season.  

Gardening Post:
A friend gave me approximately three Cannas rhizome from her flower garden several years ago.  Now we have hundreds of them from the reproduction of these three. Cannas are easy to care for, but they take time in planting and lifting from the ground when you have as many as we do.  For us they are worth the time for the beauty and enjoyment they give us.

In our area Cannas cannot survive the cold winters, so they have to be lifted from the ground, cleaned  and stored, until the last frost in the spring.

The pictures below show how many we lifted from the ground this year after the blooming season.  We did leave a few in the ground to see if they could make it through the winter this year.

The picture below is one rhizome that can be cut into several pieces in the spring for planting.  
Each rhizome can be cut apart as long as it contains an eye and substantial piece pf root stock.

  We replant them in our flower gardens, around our barn, around trees and along river banks and buildings.  We plant them just about every where. Then we begin to watch them peek through the ground and begin the growing process.  

They are so pretty and take little care to grow.  
I love to watch humming birds feed on their nectar.  

They grow in almost any type of soil but they do need a lot of water in hot dry climates.  

We store our cannas in the garage in paper leaf bags.  Some say they should be kept where the rhizome do not touch one another but ours touching has not harmed them.  They need to be stored in a room that has a temperature of 45 to 50 degrees.  

When you plant them in the ground after the last frost, they should be planet in soil that has been loosened up and place each rhizome in a hole approximately 2 to 3 inches deep and firm the dirt around it and water thoroughly.  Cannas need to be planted in full sun to get the best blooming from them. To get longer blooming dead head blooms as they die. 

Ours grew to 8 feet on the east side of our barn where they received the morning sun. Most grow anywhere from 4 to 6 feet tall.  Cannas come in several varieties and colors.  You can also get them in dwarf sizes. The dwarf ones grow below three feet.   

We have them planted in various places through out our yard.  Their foliage as well as their blooms add so much to the scenery of our yard along with various other flowers through out our four acre lawn.  


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Jesus Birthday Cake

Scripture to Live By: 
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

 Recipe Post:  In Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah foretold of the birth of Jesus, some 750 years before it happened, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Can you image that God came to earth in the form of a baby.  The God of the universe came to be with us and to be our Lord and Savior.  EMMANUEL God with us. Can you image holding the Son of God in your arms being trusted by God to be his birth mom and to give Joseph the privilege of raising Him in his home.  Today God has in trusted us to share the message of His love and salvation for mankind.  What a trust God has bestowed on us.  Oh to be found faithful to Him in this trust this Christmas season.

We celebrated Christmas with a birthday cake for Jesus. We want Jesus to be the center of all our Christmas celebration.  This year I also made a birthday cake for Jesus, to celebrate with our Awana clubbers. I want them to keep their focus on the true meaning of Christmas. If you have not celebrated Jesus birthday with a cake, this cake is very simple and easy cake to make. Just choose your favorite cake mix flavor and make according to directions on the cake mix. Bake and let  cool before frosting.

Frost with your favorite frosting recipe, or use mine.  It is as follows:
1 cup of margarine
1 cup of Crisco
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/3 cup of evaporated milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Put in large mixing bowl and beat for approximately 10 minutes.

Frost the cake and then add borders. Use tip # 32 for the borders. 

Use tip #3 to do the writing with.

I added green and red skittles  to the bottom of the cake. 

I purchase the manger craft kit from  Oriental Trading  
for Kingdom Kids craft and decided to put one together for the cake.  

Place it on the cake,

This was so simple to make but it shows the story of his birthday.

I love the remembering of God,s promise to send his son to be our Savior each year at Christmas.

I am looking forward to celebrating Jesus birth with my children, grand children and great grandchildren this year.  We are having our Christmas celebration at my daughters house.  

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,

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