With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Blue Salvia

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blue Salvia

While on bended knee placing pieces of sod in the bare spots in the lawn, I came face-to-flower with the blooms of the blue salvia growing in the front yard.
No matter that my hands were muddy and my pant legs wet, I headed inside for my camera.
These photos remind me of  plants growing in an aquarium
or on the ocean floor.
A little like the growing Magic rocks I had as a kid.
The photos were taken early morning
with the eastern sun behind me.

Looking at this one, I think I might see a tiny Gnome pop up any moment in a forest of purple!
~*~
I Come To The Garden Alone

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The son of God discloses.

And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet that the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known.

I'd stay in the garden with Him
'Tho the night around me be falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling

And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
~*~Searching for the name of the author of this hymn, I was surprised to learn he was born and lived close to where we live and is buried in the same cemetery as my husbands parents. Charles Austin Miles was born in Lakehurst, New Jersey which is also the location of the Hindenburg Disaster

~*~Charles Austin Miles
Lyrics and Composer
Born: January 7, 1868, Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Died: March 10, 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Buried: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell, New Jersey.


Miles attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1892, he abandoned his career as a pharmacist and wrote his first Gospel song, “List ’Tis Jesus’ Voice” which was published by the 
Hall-Mack Company. He served as editor and manager at the Hall-Mack publishers for 37 years. In his own words:


It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire.

20 comments:

Mildred said...

The salvia is so pretty and I haven't thought of magic rocks in a long time!
I love this hymn and enjoyed the history behind this author and where he is buried.

Julie Harward said...

Beautiful flowers...and I sang the hymn as I read it, I have loved that one ever since I was a little girl. :D

Lorraine said...

I noticed that the Salvia in my garden is starting to bloom too.
Love, Lorraine

Keri On said...

Beautiful flowers. Beautiful hymn. Thanks for sharing some history w/ us!

Kristen said...

Blue flowers are my favorites. I am always attracted to salvia, cornflowers and the like. Your photos are stunning.

Penned Pebbles said...

Your flowers are breathtaking and I almost saw the gnome. And the hymn was a perfect match.

Sue said...

Your Blue Salvia is absolutely beautiful. Would you believe mine is not blooming yet, I have always enjoyed this beautiful hymn, I sing it sometimes when I am out in my garden. Thank you for sharing about the author.
Sue

NanaDiana said...

I love salvia too-it is just a bright little pop of blue/purple in the garden. And that song is one of the first ones I ever learned to play on the piano. It was not used in our church that I remember but I played it over and over for my father. Hugs-Diana

Susan said...

Ohhhhh, LDH. Pretty, pretty, pretty. Thanks for going back in to get your camera. SOOOOOO pretty. Susan

Julie said...

Beautiful photographs!

Lallee said...

What beautiful morning captures. I was just singing that song in my garden in the morning one day this week. It was my mother's favorite hymn. I enjoyed reading about the author.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love perennial salvias and have several in my garden too. I love when those beautiful blue spikes appear.

Marysol said...

Isn't it something how the colors in nature work so remarkably well together?
Your photos are just breathtaking!

crochet lady said...

Beautiful, I am waiting for those to bloom in my garden. Very interesting history behind that favorite song.

Shirley said...

I so enjoyed this post and i just love Salvia! Your photos are so awesome. Hope one day I can capture the beauty of flowers like you have done.
Enjoy the blooms!

Ann said...

The Salvia is gorgeous. I would have run for the camera too. I think I spotted that little gnome you were talking about :)

The Fajdich Times said...

Beautiful Salvia. Your pictures have really captured the beauty of the flower! I loved the Hymn:)

Beth said...

Lovely photos. And as soon as I read the first line, I knew which hymn you were quoting. I haven't heard it sung in ages, but it used to be a standard.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful blooms...I like to imagine miniature landscapes like these in our garden...And also fun to see little landscapes in aquariums...

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you also for sharing the story of behind the hymn.

Garden Lady said...

Love salvia and your photos are beautiful

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