How does your garden grow?

Autumn Morning Glories 
October 23, 2017
Advent Prayer Series
November 6, 2017
Autumn Morning Glories 
October 23, 2017
Advent Prayer Series
November 6, 2017

by Sister Ann Marie Emon

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells, and cockle shells

And pretty maids all in a row.”


How does my flower garden grow?  I know it needs good soil, water, weeding and deadheading.   What about how to plant the flowers and whether they are perennials or annuals?  Truthfully, I learn as I go along.  Some of the flowers I know by name but many I do not know.  For instance, begonias are one of my favorite flowers.  They are sturdy with deep green leaves.  Salvias are beautifully scented.  I learned that their foliage does not attract deer, bunnies, and other garden pests and if people want to remove these pests, they can check Mosquito Authority.  Day lilies love the sun.  They will flower for years.  The flower Live Forever also will grow for years.  These flowers are located right in front of Rosary Care Center.

The other night while I was watering the plants, a monarch butterfly flew from one flowering plant to another.  The sight was breath taking!  That whole garden reminded me of the many people who pass by it every day.  Each person is a unique integral part of Rosary Care Center.  People come as residents, visitors or employees. “Rosary Care Center is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis so together we all respond to God’s call to live the Gospel in joyful servanthood among all people through lives and ministries that reverence human dignity, embrace the poor and marginalized, and respect the gift of all creation.”  Our partners in ministry here at Rosary Care Center live out their lives as nurses, aides, dietary personnel, administrators, beauticians, housekeepers and in mission integration.  Each person makes up a part of the garden that this ministry calls to us.  Each person is unique just as flowers are unique. Both people and flowers give honor and glory to God.

Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si reminds us “each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection…Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.  Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature”. (43)

So the next time you walk by the flower garden or you greet a father coming to visit his mother, remember how blessed we all are with God’s love.

Sister Ann Marie Emon

Sr. Ann Marie Emon

“Once a teacher, always a teacher,” says Sr. Ann Marie Emon who spent many years in the education ministry teaching Junior High and High School in Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. Today Sr. Ann Marie finds the time she ministers as a computer lab assistant at the Thomas Wernert Center very rewarding. The Center provides recovery and support for people with a mental illness.

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6 years ago

Very nice job, Ann Marie. Thank God for providing us with us with these lovely blooms for us to enjoy!

Sister Mary Thill
6 years ago

I enjoy your flower garden whenever I drive up to RCC. Keep up the good work!

Sister Maria Pacelli
6 years ago

Ann Marie, thank you for sharing these garden reflections. You and your flowers bring joy to our lives.

Shannon Schrein
6 years ago

Very nice, Annie!

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