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1454. How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. ~Benjamin Disraeli


Last night, I discovered that dear Natalie, the lady with the most beautiful blog I’ve ever seen, has passed on to be with her Creator. For the past two hours, I’ve been looking through her blog for something to share. There is so much goodness and beauty here! I used to wonder why, especially over the past year with her challenging medical issues, did she post so many times per day. Now, I understand that she wanted to spread as much goodness and hope as she could with the time she had. Natalie had a talent for pulling together inspiring and encouraging quotes with beautiful images. She also took gorgeous photos of the flowers in her own garden which you’ll see in this post. I urge you to go through Natalie’s blog if you haven’t done so or even if you have. I’m imagining and believing that Natalie is now dancing in heaven’s magnificent garden. Maybe she’s humming a little tune as she takes care of the roses or tends the sunflowers. I will miss you like crazy and remember you always, dear Natalie, but I know you are home and at peace.

Sacred Touches

Old-fashioned flowers! I love them all:
The morning-glories on the wall,
The pansies in their patch of shade,
The violets, stolen from a glade,
The bleeding hearts and columbine,
Have long been garden friends of mine;
But memory every summer flocks
About a clump of hollyhocks.
~Edgar A. Guest

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You may have noticed that I’ve been posting lots of photos of hollyhocks lately. Why? There are two reasons: first because they are one of my favorite flowers and secondly because the hollyhock is a flowering plant of such antiquity that it was found at a neanderthal burial site, where it had stood as a silent sentry for eons. And then after the neanderthal era the hollyhock, a member of the mallow family, was grown in religious gardens around churches and monasteries, and hollyhock seeds were included in the cargo on early ships to the Americas.

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So the tall, showy hollyhock…

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

27 thoughts on “1454. How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. ~Benjamin Disraeli

  1. I’m so sorry for your and her family’s loss 💕 of precious member and inspirer in life’s journey.

    What beautiful flowers she surrounded herself with, and a lovely written word about the Hollyhocks. Take great care, Ka

    How fitting that you chose this post with this flower. 💖

  2. Beautiful, indeed, JoAnna. I’m sorry that you’ve lost a dear blogging friend ❤

  3. Recently rescued the small beginnings of a black hollyhock at our old farmstead. Praying it lives.

  4. So sorry for your lose.

  5. thank you for sharing
    her beauty 🙂

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. Grateful you shared her with us.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about Natalie. Thank you for posting this, JoAnna.

  8. A fine tribute to Natalie. It is good that you posted the news – no necessary when blogging friends disappear

  9. Your tribute is beautiful, JoAnna. I was so shocked to hear the news of Natalie’s passing. Her blog…her soul…both incredibly wonderful! Yes…she is tending the most beautiful flowers…I know it!!

    • I was in denial for a while about Natalie’s passing. She had such deep spiritual strength! But I believe she’s still strong – just in a different form.

      • I agree! I just found out today and I can’t stop thinking about her. And it made me think of Dennis also. Two wonderful souls…
        Have a good rest of the week, Joanna 💜

        • You have A good rest of the week, too. Natalie will always be special. Dennis???

          • Remember Dennis Ferrence, from Merging Traffic? He slipped in a post last summer that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer…he posted multiple times per day for a couple months…and then stopped. He was an incredible man with huge faith and wisdom, and such a loving heart. I have never heard a confirmation…but he stopped posting and never replied. I still have a batch of emails (unopened) of his last posts…I open one…like a gift…when I need comfort.
            To anyone who thinks you have to meet someone in person to be able to love them…
            Sweet blessings, Joanna. Make a difference somewhere today💜

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