Throughout the spring we were busy (“fun” busy!) planting flowerpots to spruce up the nuns’ courtyard and the areas around our Retreat House.
With the arrival of summer’s heat, we aren’t planting too much anymore; the time has come to weed and water gardens, mow lawns and water flowerpots, trim mint and water…did we already mention watering? Thankfully, we have a well from what to draw water because we would not be able to afford to pay for all the water to keep the plants alive! Kentucky’s heat and clay soil makes for a lot of watering to be done!
We would also like to give special thanks to our special donors who gave us A LOT of year-old mulch this year and many of the plants you see in these photos.
But the results are well worth it. Here’s a sampling of the gardens (and gardeners) around St. Joseph Monastery this year.
One of Sr. Mary Therese’s garden arrangements on the Retreat House dining room patio.
Christie is expert at tucking flowers into every nook and cranny of her little garden space.
Daylilies and creeping thyme put on a display for the Blessed Virgin.
Mountains of purple salvia behind the Immaculate Heart statute.
Watch out dandelions! Sr. Frances Marie mows the cloister lawns.
Sr. Mary Veronica planting her famous vincas around the courtyard.
Anyone know what kind of bird made this nest? The nest is covered in lichen from a tree and it is very tiny! Found abandoned, now it is part of Mother John Mary’s rock garden.
Mother John Mary hard at work on her garden during her 8-day retreat in late May.
More of the rock garden. The joe pye weed behind the angel statue is twice as tall now and this bed has a lot more color now!
Sr. Cecilia Maria’s Mint-Henge recently welcomed some new herbs, and a tiny bay sapling in the pot on the pedestal.
By the end of the season, these pots will be overflowing with color!
Sr. Frances Marie digging trenches for asparagus – a gift from a relative of one of our deceased sisters.