Island Life

of planting and blooming . . .

It wouldn’t be springtime on PEI without a visit to Vessey’s.


We plan and dream …


and we plant


food for the body


and food for the soul 


“I wonder what a soul…a person’s soul…would look like,” said Priscilla dreamily.

“Like that, I should think,” answered Anne, pointing to a radiance of sifted sunlight streaming through a birch tree. “Only with shape and features of course. I like to fancy souls as being made of light. And some are all shot through with rosy stains and quivers…and some have a soft glitter like moonlight on the sea…and some are pale and transparent like mist at dawn.”

“I read somewhere once that souls were like flowers,” said Priscilla.

“Then your soul is a golden narcissus,” said Anne, “and Diana’s is like a red, red rose. Jane’s is an apple blossom, pink and wholesome and sweet.”

“And your own is a white violet, with purple streaks in its heart,” finished Priscilla.

Jane whispered to Diana that she really could not understand what they were talking about. Could she? ” I love this line! *grin*

 Anne of Green Gables – Chapter 13

If souls were like flowers, what would mine look like?

This little flower is called “The Glory of the Snow”


 The sight of these tiny splashes of colour pushing their way up through patches of tired old snow in the early spring brings such joy to the heart – little harbingers of hope whispering “Hold on – there is so much more to come!”


I’d like to be that to others  – I pray to be like that.

” to know the word that sustains the weary…” Is 50:4

If souls were like flowers, what would yours look like?


19 thoughts on “of planting and blooming . . .

  1. Angi says:

    I would be a sunflower! I’m tall and so are they! I LOVE the sun – I suffered from Seasonal Affect Disorder when I moved from Africa to British Columbia – I truly need sun. I think they must be adaptable flowers they grow everywhere. They gave me the most joy when living in northern Ontario in the sub-artic, where the growing season is 30 days frost-free, I planted a raised bed of sunflowers and they grew taller than me and I had to smile everytime I saw them – they are just so happy looking.


  2. Welcome Jody! I’ve heard that the sunflower always turns to face the sun – a very good analogy for believers!Diane – I had to look that flower up – it’s a type of buttercup. great choice! I wish I had thought of that – especially after turning 50 🙂 Tonia – of course be a beautiful peony – because you are beautiful – both inside and out.


  3. I have been thinking about this…I would like to say PEONY, because they are so gloriously beautiful…but I don’t know what characteristics they have that I can claim as my own. *smile*I took the Which Flower are You quiz at quizilla (can’t leave a link, sorry!)and discovered I am a LILY: You are graceful, gentle, calm, and pure and perhaps a little shy (though your shyness is part of your charm). You are a very honorable person who always wants to do the right thing. Your calm attitude has a soothing effect on others.Symbolism: The lily has long been used as a symbol of majesty, honor, chastity, and purity of heart.Fun!


  4. Hi Kathie,Late to the party, but I must choose ranunculus. They age so beautifully, and I can only hope to hold on to my petals and ruffle so perfectly at the edges as a ranunculus. Bright pink would be my first choice, but I’ll take creamy white or brilliant yellow, too (-:Diane


  5. Beautiful post! The "Anne Books" are some of the most spiritual books I know. I am always charmed by them and more yet…..I hear the voice of God coming through.If I were a flower, I’d wish to be a sunflower — bright yellow, sun-loving (and Son-loving), rustic and tough, ordinary, feeding the birds.~Jody


  6. Islandsparrow says:

    Lovella, Lana and Ellen – I love your choices. To have a sunny disposition. to be able to bloom anywhere and to be known for your sweet fragrance are all qualities that I want to cultivate – to keep using gardening terminology :)I think that Frank Laubach’s writing and the passage from 2 Cor.3 gives us the secret of developing those lovely qualities – living in the presence of God – and gradually we will be changed to shine with His character and radiance. It’s my prayer.


  7. I decided on a Damask Rose, a type of old rose brought from Persia to Europe. (My parents came from Persia to the USA) I hope to have a fine fragrance for which the Damask Rose is known…


  8. Oh fun! I am going to go with hydrangea because no matter what soil I am in I will still bloom, I’ll just be a different color! Gotta watch my PH balance!


  9. Oh I do love Anne. As I was sitting here contemplating, what flower I am or what flower I’d like to be I smiled. I’m not sure that I really know. I’d like to be buttercup, popping up with my sunny disposition however that would be a tad bit on the exaggerating side. Perhaps I’ll think on it a bit today.


  10. Islandsparrow says:

    Randi – I think we were posting at the same time. That’s a perfect choice for you – sweet and fresh – and cheery!! Isn’t it funny…I’m going to be thinking of you girls as flowers now 🙂


  11. When I think of a violet I think of a woodland treasure – fragrant and lovely – and I think of your blog like that Corey – good choice!! You are always sharing treasures with us.Susie – exactly! A lily – serene and peaceful – just like the thoughts you share with us – finding hope even in the midst of difficult times.Suzanne – I like that choice – a tulip is like that – a fresh start – a sign of spring. my eyes often feel starved for colour after a long winter of white and the bright happy colours of tulips are like a spring tonic! your writing has that same spirit – encouraging, bright and cheerful. Now girls…isn’t this fun????? (not to exclude any guys out there – join in if you’d like :)If you haven’t played joined in – pick a flower. What you would LIKE to be if you don’t feel you are there yet.I want to be like the "glory of snow" flower for myself as well as others. I easily get discouraged. It is only through prayer, Scripture, the love of the Lord and believers, that I am learning to overcome.I appreciate the love and support that I am finding from you – your writings encourage me and I am so grateful for your prayer and your friendship. You bless me and I am thankful.


  12. what a lovely place to go to buy plants and goodies! what flower would i be? hmmm…I would say a daisy. basic and everyday, but full of sweet things—i hope that is me!


  13. How lovely. I’m going to have to read the Anne Books. I’ve watched the movie a bazillion times but never read the book.I think I’d like my soul to be like a tulip. Colorful yet elegant announcing a fresh start.


  14. Thanks for taking me with you to do some garden shopping :-)We did a walk along a footpath at our cabin on Saturday night, and along a brook I was thinking of Anne of Green Gable……


  15. Beautiful post! The "Anne Books" are some of the most spiritual books I know. I am always charmed by them and more yet…..I hear the voice of God coming through.If I were a flower, I’d wish to be a sunflower — bright yellow, sun-loving (and Son-loving), rustic and tough, ordinary, feeding the birds.~Jody


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