Outhouse Flowers

My six-foot-tall yellow flowers have the official name of Golden Glow Coneflower, but they are most commonly known as Outhouse Flowers. These statuesque beauties helped mask unsightly views and odors from the old-time outhouse.

When we left the farm (and the outhouse!) we brought some with us and they thrive here. They like the sun and shade and even tolerate some crowding.

It attracts butterflies and people alike, but not deer. It spreads with wild abandon and pretty much takes care of itself. However, the stalks are weak and may need to be staked.

Quite frankly, this dandy flower reminds me of the Gospel. Grows anywhere, grows taller than the other plant around it, and attracts new creatures like butterflies!

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

(John 15:5, AMPC)

We are called to bloom where we are planted. We are where we are and that’s that. Covid grounded us for quite a while. Yet in that limited spacing, God stayed with us and he still expected us to bloom.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

(John F. Kennedy)

 How does your garden grow?

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