Memorial Day Tribute To Our Soldiers | Thank-You

Coral Drift Peonies

“Mother always took flowers to Daddy and his brother Daniel’s grave, both WWII vets on Memorial Day and we spent time tending the graves and remembering the families that are left with only memories of their loved ones that paid the ultimate sacrifice.” ~ Susan Fox
Peony Arrangement at P. Allen Smith's #G2B15
Peony Arrangement at P. Allen Smith’s #G2B15

Every Memorial Day Mother cut our peonies and put them on Daddy’s grave at Mt. Olivet.

Peonies were her favorite flower. They bloom long before roses in northern Illinois, one mile from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. And peonies are bountiful in Illinois. The first rose usually blooms around Father’s Day in Northern Illinois. Before rose pruning we would apply a cup of bone meal around every peony bush to ensure a lush bloom each year. The list is long of what we learn from observing the actions of our parents. According to the theory of learning styles, students who have a predominantly kinesthetic style are thought to be discovery learners: they have realization through doing. Kinesthetics learners are also commonly known as “do-ers”* Since I am happiest ‘doing gardening’ or moving about, this feeling of the importance of a simple act of ‘doing something’ to honor those warriors that willingly paid it all seems important. Reverence, honor and respect for the memory of those that sacrificed for us and paved the way for our success is something we cannot put a price on. It’s intangible yet very real.

Raymond J. Proctor, Army Air Force WWII

Army Air Force WWII
Army Air Force WWII

Memorial Day Traditions

The impact of watching Mother cut peonies, and call anyone in the family that wanted to go visit the cemetery on Memorial Day every year leaves a deep impression to “do something” out of my reverence for those that served in the armed forces that instead of coming home from war could only leave their family with memories. The human need ‘to act’ is strong.

How Poignant That Mother Passed Away On Memorial Day Week-End In 1994

When we can we visit Salem WI on Memorial Day, where my sister-in-law, Martha lives. Salem is about 25 miles from where Daddy, his brother both WWII vets and my brother are laid to rest. Martha had been married to my brother Larry when he had a car accident coming home from work in a rain storm that cost him his life at 24 and left her with 4 year old daughter to raise. So we go visit the soldiers graves and take wreaths to place upon them.

The High Flyers In The U.K. During WWII

Army Air Force | High Flyers in England WWII
R.J. Proctor, my father 2nd from the left front row Army Air Force | High Flyers in England WWII

Pebbles Upon The Headstones

We saw the little pebbles that we placed there the last time we visited as is on old custom I learned. We sat on the ground and gently, quietly pulled weeds around the headstones and I remembered Daddy playing his clarinet and tapping his foot to the metronome along with famous clarinetist and Jazz Musician, Pete Fountain. or the Lawrence Welk show and we danced was the memories I had of Daddy in my time there with him. I thanked him and all the other soldiers that had served and died for our country.

Sergeant Raymond James Proctor | World War II
Sergeant Raymond James Proctor | World War II

WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, “We’re playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys.” Feb. 23, 1942

WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, "We're playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys." Feb. 23, 1942
WWII Post Card My Father sent Dated Feb 23, 1942 Daddy says, “We’re playing for Bing Crosby in person tonight to entertain the boys.” Feb. 23, 1942
Coral Drift Peonies
Peony Arrangement at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm Last Week at the Garden 2 Blog Reunion #G2B15

Kinesthetic Learning Style

What we do is always being observed by our children, grandchildren and others. It can have a life long impact based on scientific studies like these findings by Margaret H. Doubler: According to the theory of learning styles, students who have a predominantly kinesthetic style are thought to be discovery learners: they have realization through doing, rather than thinking before initiating action. They may struggle to learn by reading or listening.

Learn By Doing

When learning, it helps for these students to move around; this increases the students’ understanding, with learners generally getting better marks in exams when they can do so. Kinesthetic learners usually succeed in activities such as chemistry experiments, sporting activities, art and acting; It is common for kinesthetic learners to focus on two different things at the same time, remembering things in relation to what they were doing. They possess good eye–hand coordination. In kinesthetic learning, learning occurs by the learner using their body to express a thought, an idea or a concept (in any field).”

*"Margaret H'Doubler wrote and spoke about kinesthetic learning during the 1940s, defining kinesthetic learning as the human body's ability to express itself through movement and dance. →(Perhaps Gardening)

St. Patrick | The Rose, His Prayer For Advent

St. Patrick Hybrid Tea Rose

Christ with me
Christ before me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Pastor Larry Daniel on the Right | Mrs. Joni Daniel on the left next to the Four Lit Advent Candles
Pastor Larry Daniel on the Right | Mrs. Joni Daniel on the left next to the Four Lit Advent Candles The Night of the Reading of the Prayer of St. Patrick

[Note: People sometimes pray the above 15 line version of St. Patrick’s Prayer. The conclusion of the full version follows below.]

On Christmas Eve Pastor Larry Daniel of Ramsey Christian Church recited the above 15 lines of St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer during the lighting of the Advent Candles. It seems fitting that during the 12 Days of Christmas to honor the prayer and the beauty of the rose St. Patrick, an AARS Award winner from 1996.

What Do the Advent Candles Symbolize?

The Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony
The Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Shaped in a perfect circle meant to represent the Eternity of God, four candles traditionally red represent the four Sundays of advent. The fifth candle in the middle traditionally a white candle in center of represents Christ.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)

More recent scholarship suggests its author was anonymous. In any case, this prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland! St. Patrick’s Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of Saint Patrick was popular enough to inspire a hymn based on this text as well. (This prayer has also been called The Cry of the Deer.

Put on the the full armor of God…

I arise today 
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

[Note that people sometimes pray a shorter version of this prayer just with these 15 lines about Christ above. The conclusion follows below.]

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

The Armor of God

When St. Paul referred to putting on the “Armor of God” in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one! We may not wear combat gear in our daily lives, but St. Patrick’s Breastplate can function as divine armor for protection against spiritual adversity.

St. Patrick in the background & Love Song in the Foreground

How December 25th Came To Be ‘Christ’ Birth Day

“The earliest source stating December 25 as the date of birth of Jesus was Hippolytus of Rome (170–236), written very early in the 3rd century, based on the assumption that the conception of Jesus took place at the Spring equinox which he placed on March 25, and then added nine months.[21] There is historical evidence that by the middle of the 4th century the Christian churches of the East celebrated the birth and Baptism of Jesus on the same day, on January 6 while those in the West celebrated a Nativity feast on December 25 (perhaps influenced by the Winter solstice); and that by the last quarter of the 4th century, the calendars of both churches included both feasts.[22] The earliest suggestions of a fast of Baptism of Jesus on January 6 during the 2nd century comes from Clement of Alexandria, but there is no further mention of such a feast until 361 when Emperor Julian attended a feast on January 6 in the year 361.[22]

Days of the Christmas Season

St. Patrick in the Garden
St. Patrick in the Garden

In the Christian tradition, the Christmas season is a period beginning on Christmas Day (December 25). In some churches (e.g. the Lutheran Churches and the Anglican Communion) the season continues through Twelfth Night, the day before the Epiphany, which is celebrated either on January 6 or on the Sunday between January 2 and 8. In other churches (e.g. the Roman Catholic Church) it continues until the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on the Sunday following the Epiphany, or on the Monday following the Epiphany if the Epiphany is moved to January 7 or 8. If the Epiphany is kept on January 6, the Church of England‘s use of the term Christmas season corresponds to the Twelve Days of Christmas, and ends on Twelfth Night.

Angel Watching Over My Glasses
Angel Watching Over My Glasses

What Is Advent?

This short Christmas season is preceded by Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day: the majority of the commercialized Christmas and holiday season falls during Advent. The Anglican Communion follows the Christmas season with an Epiphany season which lasts until Candlemas (February 2), which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas–Epiphany season;[23] in the Lutheran Churches and the Methodist Churches, Epiphanytide lasts until the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.”*

  • Source: Wikipedia
St. Patrick | Gaga's Garden
St. Patrick | Gaga’s Garden

Rose Gardener Christmas List

DeWit Hand Tools

Rosie O'Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas
Rosie O’Donnell on Christmas Eve in Texas

“What do you want for Christmas?”

Do you get that deer in the headlights look when asked this question? As a doer, giver and caretaker of others, does it make you uncomfortable when asked “what do you want for Christmas?” As a mother, father, wife, husband, daughter, son, good neighbor, friend, and a care-taker of others even if during the year you’ve thought of things you want is it difficult for you to think of things you want and even harder to ask for them? Let me give you some ideas. Let’s reflect on the variety of things you can do as a rose gardener and this may give you some ideas of things you could ask for. 

Photography

Rose Cross | Rose Accessorizing

Rose Accessorizing

Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging
Bouquet of Roses | Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging

The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, New York, 2015
The American Rose Society Judges Class Winners | ARS National Convention, NY

Showing Roses

'Bonica' Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub
‘Bonica’ Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub

Extension of your interior design

'Betty Boop' Floribunda, a red-blend beauty that lasts and lasts in the rose garden
‘Betty Boop’ Floribunda, part of a collection of roses named after Hollywood Icons

Rose Collections

Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Rose Photographer: camera, camera equipment, lens, stabilizer,

Rose Accessorizing: Baskets, drying equipment, books on uses of rose petals, flower drying, how to make potpourri

Flower Arranger: Unusual vases, books on arranging, classes on flower arranging

Showing Roses: log onto www.rose.org and sign up for membership for either one year membership or call for availability for a trial membership for your loved one. There’s so much for members on showing roses for members online.

Extension of your interior design: Subscription to Gardening magazines, Books, books, books!

Jackson & Perkins Splendor Rose Duet #MyJPRoses
Jackson & Perkins Splendor Rose Duet #MyJPRoses

Rose Collections: Gift Certificates are always the perfect gift. They are available at most garden centers and right now Jackson & Perkins roses are available for pre-ordering if you see a little box by the rose.

 

 

Corona Garden Snips
Corona Garden Snips

Gardening Tools

Do you know anyone that has too many gardening tools?! No? Neither do I. They make a perfect gift for someone who loves rose gardening. And whatever tool you get from Corona Tools makes a wonderful gift. An especially wonderful gift also is an engraved tulip trowel from Dewit Garden Tools. DeWit makes some of the most beautiful and quality tools on the market. And oh my goodness, let’s not forget this seedkeeper kit. It is just amazing and it was created by entrepreneurs Carol & Kerrie, The Seedkeepers. I hope I’ve given you some ideas. I know it’s so hard to come up with ideas and even more difficult to ask for things but just maybe this will give you the gentle nudge you need to ask for some of the gardening items you really want but might have forgotten to write down through the year.

Seeds Started | DeWit Gardening Trowel | Seedkeeper Kit

 

DeWit Hand Tools
Engraved DeWit Tulip Trowel and Small Fork for Close Spaces

And last but not least gauntlets make a nice gift and one can never have too many gardening gloves! Happy Shopping for the gardeners on your list.

Bionic Gloves | Soft Durable | Comfortable
Bionic Gloves | Soft Durable | Comfortable

Thankful

Wednesday Before Thanksgiving Is For Baking

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a day that our home is filled with the aroma of baking. Due to my husband’s recent back surgery it will just be my husband and I to enjoy this bountiful Thanksgiving at home and yet I will still cook the traditional feast that means so much and has always meant so much to our family. My daughter in California asked me why would I cook all that food for just Dad and me?The answer: because it fills us with joy and yes some nostalgia. The smells, the sound of the Christmas parade on television, the launch of the Christmas holidays, all of it fills us with gratitude. I am so grateful for the traditions that my Mother and Father and their Mother and Father’s and all of our ancestors passed on to us so that we can now preserve and share the traditions that make us one big American Family.

What Holiday Traditions Makes You Happy? 

And do you know what makes me the happiest? To see my family and their families carry on the same joyful family traditions. Last year we went to Virginia to have Thanksgiving in Fredericksburg. I want to share our manger scenes with you that I’m so thankful for. The children and I participated in the Hulls Memorial Baptist Church manger scene and drove in the Christmas Parade in downtown Fredericksburg. It’s memories like that that will live on forever. The town of Fredericksburg greeted us with cheers all along packed city streets. And I’ll share a traditions I started and I have embellished upon. Mother used to always serve that green Jell-o mold with shredded carrots and also a fruit salad we loved but it didn’t keep very well so replaced that tradition with this Strawberry Jello Salad for her fruit salad.

Kids Love It

All kids love it. If you have new traditions I would love to hear about them. We have one I’ve shared with you called Texas Caviar that my Daughter-In-Law eats with a spoon like Gazpacho! I’ll share that before New Years eve because my Mother has completely made me superstitious. The saying goes, you must eat black-eyed peas for the new year for good luck!

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Float Fredericksburg VA Christmas Parade The Manger Float

Ingredients Strawberry Jell-O Fruit Salad

I large package of Strawberry Jell-O

2 Cups boiling water

1 small package sliced or crushed strawberries

1 can crushed pineapple

2 ripen mashed bananas

Directions

Stir two cups bowling water into Jell-O add pineapple with juice stir in ripened bananas and frozen strawberries stirring until thawed. Put into the refrigerator until almost set. Remove from the refrigerator and either layer the Jell-O mix in a pretty glass bowl or swirl the sour cream and put back in the refrigerator and allow to set. The mixture will remain rather soft but delicious and creamy.

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Fredericksburg VA Christmas Parade The Manger Float

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Children’s Choir in Fredericksburg VA before the Christmas 

Making Apple Pies

My Boy!

After A Wonderful Day

Planting A Memorial Day Rose Garden

'Memorial Day' Blooming on a Fall Day in Illinois

Memorial Day Is To Honor Those Who Have Died in America’s Wars

Planting a ‘Memory Garden’ of roses gives you a connection to your loved ones that can keep your memories of them alive. It’s a deeply rewarding endeavor and can be a family project. Here’s how:

  1. Decide who you want to memorialize, perhaps order or make a plaque or bench for spending time and reflection. The Gardens of the American Rose Society offer ways to memorialize loved ones in their rose gardens in Shreveport, LA.
  2. Choose a location with 6-8 hours of sun. Some roses can do fine in partial shade. Both Europeana & Iceberg became covered in partial shade in my Texas rose garden and continued to flourish. This article discusses roses in partial shade by Al Whitcomb.
  3. You can order ‘Memorial Day’ from Jackson & Perkins’ online to plant as a tribute to loved ones. The most often asked question I had at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is “Where do I find the varieties of roses I have?”, Jackson & Perkins online is an excellent source for Weeks Roses, Star & Certified Roses, since they are wholesale rose growers.
  4. Here are some ideas of roses suitable for a Memory Rose Garden, and ‘Memorial Day’ is a rose that tolerates heat very well. It’s included in the June issue of the American Rose Magazine article I wrote ‘Some Roses Like It Hot’ .
    1. ‘Memorial Day’ The All-America Garden Selections said “This One Is Definitely a ‘Year of the Rose’

      Memorial Day Blooming in the Garden in Illinois
      Memorial Day Blooming in the Garden in Illinois
    2.  ‘Veteran’s Honor’

      'Veterans Honor' Picture 'Veterans' Honor in Peak Form: Picture Taken May 18th, 2017 in Illinois Garden
      ‘Veterans Honor’ Picture ‘Veterans’ Honor’ in Peak Form: Picture Taken May 18th, 2017 in my Illinois Garden
    3. ‘Let Freedom Ring’

      Let Freedom Ring photo by Dr. Tommy Cairns
      Let Freedom Ring photo by Dr. Tommy Cairns
    4. Mr. Lincoln

      Mr. Lincoln photo Tommy Cairns
      Mr. Lincoln photo Tommy Cairns

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday

During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves. The tradition of laying wreaths on the graves of our soldiers that lost their lives to War is carried out in cemeteries by devoted families all across our great country to this day. In fact many family members place wreaths on graves of veterans that have passed away as well even though Memorial Day is expressly to honor our war dead.

By the late 1800s, cities all across America observed Memorial Day. Several states had declared it a legal holiday, since it was widely established as a national holiday throughout the country.

When Is Memorial Day?*

In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated on the last Monday of May. “Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.” 

* PBS.org educating folks on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Roses Evoke Fond Memories

Memorial Gardens are becoming more popular as a way to honor and pay tribute to those that have passed on. Roses are especially popular as a flower to plant ‘In Loving Memory” because they are a trigger to so many fond memories of loved ones in our life either by their name that is like the loved ones name or our loved ones loved roses as their favorite flower. So this Memorial Day is a good time to plant a Memorial Garden and start your very own Garden of Memories. We’re only a Website away to answer your questions about rose growing. Have a blessed Memorial Day.

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