The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to two African seminaries -
a third one is being sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central.
Ash Wednesday,
7 PM Central Standard.
NT Greek after each midweek service.

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tipping the Blackberries - Astonishing Ability To Root Themselves

Blackberries share a characteristic with roses and other bushes. Holding the branch down against the soil will make it form roots and a new plant. Of course I have a grassy weed that does the same, subtly, sneakily, invasively.

I met a rose gardener who used cuttings of roses to multiply the rose bush display in her yard. She had 100 bushes growing in her yard when we lived in Midland. She said she could not afford to buy all the roses she wanted. Rose gardeners can be a bit OCD.

I was going to tip the biggest blackberry when I found its trailing cane already against the soil. No wonder blackberries are rampant in the Northwest. I put a lump of wood on another cane to hold it down.. Each blackberry has mulch to keep the plant roots moist during this hot spell - 95 degrees and sunny for the next 10 days or so.

This is how I feel after digging a while,
only not so white.

Amazon Mulch
I use all the newspapers donated, but I am often short. One book suggested cardboard boxes, so I keep them for mulch too.

Today I spread out several boxes and positioned them around plants. I put shredded cyprus on top and watered them. Cardboard is thicker and faster to apply than newspapers.

Robins never lack earthworms in our yard.
Painting by Norma Boeckler.