The Glory Has Departed


Norma Boeckler, Artist in Residence

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Four Blooms on One Stem - Falling in Love Roses.
You Didn't Build That

Falling in Love:
the four-blossom stem photo will be posted later.

We decided to make one row of roses the same kind, so we would have bouquets of the that rose from time to time. As I wrote before, Falling in Love has the thorniest canes of all that I have grown over the years. Our helper remarked about it while helping with weeding. I said, "Let that be a lesson." We had a  big laugh over that. And we have one row of Falling in Love.

Yesterday I pointed out the blooms in the nearest one. Mrs. Ichabod said, "Put that in a rose vase. I cut the stem and saw that we had four blooming at once on one strong stem.

Easy Does It rose - floribunda.


On Sunday, Norma Boeckler liked Easy Does It roses so much that she decided to get some for next year. We had them on the altar. Last summer I cut one stem with 7 EDI roses on a single stem.

Floribunda roses are great for lots of color in the rose garden. Hybrid tea roses like Falling in Love will develop more slowly and produce single, spectacular blooms.

Yale's main library - Sterling.

Each rose has its own DNA, special characteristics, and growing patterns. The amount of information in a gene has been compared to all the books in the Yale Library.

I recently found a secular nod to Creation when one writer offered this comment, "Nature designed this creature to..."

That is the key phrase - design, which also implies purpose. Every part of an auto has been designed for a purpose, even if only for decoration. I know about one engineer who would look at the designs and say something like this, "The water pump will stick out of the grill by four inches. Change it."

Anyone can fashion hybrid roses, but only God can place that living information in the rose He created at the beginning.


The church experts would have us understand that they know how to make a difference, if only we pay them a lot of money to share their precious secrets.

But God has already revealed all we need to know, and this is easily accessed in the Scriptures. The same powerful Word that created all that we see and enjoy remains effective in teaching, preaching, and the Sacraments.


You Didn't Built That
A great scientist like Lammerts can re-arrange the DNA of a new rose, by carefully selecting its parents and grandparents, but he cannot create a single item of information within that plant's structure.

Every non-rose grower says, "Roses are difficult to grow, so I have heard." I differ immediately. All we need to know is what the rose likes. I cannot change anything about the design of a given rose. John Paul II will grow large groups of pure white roses, fragrant and stunning in the sunshine, but they do not last so well when cut in a bouquet.

KnockOuts bloom obsessively, but their blooms also age quickly and drop their petals, working feverishly to go to seed instead of blooming again. For that reason I cut them back by 50% every so often - and they love the results, blooming again as fast as possible. John 15:1ff.

Mr. Lincoln has giant beanstalk tendencies, sending up a long cane, sometimes six feet tall. Given some pruning, Mr. Lincoln will produce a rose so fragrant and glorious in deep red that everyone will ask, "Which rose was the one that filled the room with its perfume? My wife loved it."

Mr. Lincoln bloom

Mr. Lincoln bud