Saturday Snapshot – Stop & Smell the Roses

“I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener.” (John 15:1, NKJV)

In case you haven’t stopped to smell the roses this week, we’ve got you covered!  Of course, you’ll have to use your imagination and trust us that they do smell good…especially the pink ones.

Do you remember the video devotion our gardener shared here back in March?

Well, just look at the fruits of his labor!

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Rose bush heaven near the Training Center.
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This one smells particularly good!

Do you ever stop and marvel at the awesome designs and colors our Creator blesses us with though His flowers?

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A bird’s eye view.

The Kousa dogwood, also know as the Japanese dogwood, is a beautiful addition to The Cove’s spring landscape.  This variety of dogwood blooms a few weeks later than the native flowering dogwood, and the white star-like pieces are not actually flowers–they are modified leaves–and the green part in the middle is the actual flower.

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The rhododendrons in May never disappoint!  This gorgeous group flanks the road as you drive through the gates.

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Get up close and personal with this rhodie near the administration building.

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These pretty blooms really remind us that God is in the details….in the garden and in our lives.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the flower show today!

Have a lovely weekend!


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12 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot – Stop & Smell the Roses”

  1. I loved those flower photos! We were wondering just this morning about the kind of Dogwood. I thought the cake recipe looked wonderful. I uses to work with Natilie at the fabric store. It has been the prettiest Spring. Have a lovely day!

    1. Susan, thank you for your comment. Yes, it has been a beautiful spring. We hope you’ll be able to join us here at The Cove and try one of Natalie’s desserts in person. Bless you!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing the photos of the blossoms and blooms at The Cove! It is always uplifting and a blessing to marvel at our Creator God’s handiwork! And, yes, I could smell those roses!!!!

  3. I am absolutely overwhelmed at the beauty of these flowers, especially the roses!

    Your landscape architect, affectionately referred to, in the Bible, as the gardener, Lucas, really knows what he is doing!

    Let us hope and pray that, when we must undergo spiritual pruning, at the hands of our Lord, the result will be, if only in the smallest way, a spiritual beauty which can compare with the beauty of Lucas’ roses.

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