ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN is:
->I chose this name because of the way this wonderful flower breeds. As best as I can tell, it will go with almost anything and produce almost every color, so it can become all things to those who use it.
->from I Corinthians 9:19-23 – where Peter the Apostle is speaking: “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” I believe what Peter is saying to us is that the closer we become to someone in terms of friendship or mutual respect, the more fruitful our efforts will be in sharing what we believe.
ALPHA AND OMEGA is:
->from Revelations: 22:13 - “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Amen to that!
AMBASSADOR OF PEACE is:
->from Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
->because this is such a large, soothing, peaceful flower, and it continues my theme of having the word peace in many of my yellow introductions
ANSWERED PRAYER is:
->from Psalms 86:7 - “In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.”
->from Ezra 8:23 – “…the gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him…so we fasted and petitioned our God…and he answered our prayer.”
->Amazingly, when I did a google search for “answered prayer? up popped the following:
Needless to say, no answers there (They’ll do anything to sell ad space.)
- whatever you’re looking for you can get it on eBay.
- looking for answered prayer? Save! Everyrule.com
ARMED FOR BATTLE is:
->from Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Yep!
->This tall, strong flower with teeth looks like it is armed for battle.
AUDIENCE OF ONE is:
->discussed in a book by Os Guiness – "A life lived listening to the decisive call of God is a life lived before one audience that trumps all others -- the Audience of One." "I live before the Audience of One. Before others I have nothing to prove, nothing to gain, nothing to lose." This reminds me of Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men.”
BANNER OF LOVE is:
->from Song of Solomon 2:4 –“ He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.”
->the name of a song sung by kids in Sunday school.
BATTLE OF JERICHO is:
->from the book of Joshua – God wanted the Israelites to re-take a portion of land in which they had previously dwelt in order to “establish a commonwealth faithful to the righteous rule of God and thus to be a witness (and a blessing) to the nations.’ (NIV Study Bible)
->because this dark and mysterious flower with a darker eye reminds me of cinematic night-time battles
BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY is:
->from Genesis 1:28 – “Be fruitful and multiply…”
->an appropriate name for this very robust grower
BILL TONN is:
->named for a good friend and fellow hybridizer who loves this plant
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is:
-> from Acts 22:6-11 – Saul/Paul was on the road to Damascus
when a light from heaven flashed around him and blinded him as Jesus
asked Saul “Why are you persecuting me?”
-> what this flower will do to your eyes on a sunny day
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS
BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED is:
-> what we saw in the movie The Passion of the Christ - the day of
Jesus' crucifixion was full of blood, sweat and tears.
-> from Winston Churchill's statement as he took over the government
during World War II: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil,
tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind."
-> what it takes to produce beautiful new daylilies!
->I discovered this beautiful, rugged flower growing on a steep, windy slope on the
north side of the greenhouse. Didn’t phase it one bit. Bloomed its head off.
->To me, “bloom where you’re planted” means that God can use each of us right
where we are.
BORN TO REIGN is:
-> from Isaiah 9:6-7- "For unto us a child is born
He will reign
-> from John 18:37 - "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact,
for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify
to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
-> what this majestic flower looks like it was born to do.
CAST YOUR NET is:
->from Matthew 4:18-19, where Christ called on believers to be “fishers of men”
->what the eye pattern of this flower looks like – a net
CHARIOT OF CLOUDS is:
->from Psalms 104:3 – “He (God) makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.”
CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS is:
->the 1993 theory proposed by political scientist Samuel Huntington that people’s cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world (Wikipedia)
->what I think of when I see this very bright color which clashes with colors not in the yellow and orange red range
CLOUD OF WITNESSES is:
->from Hebrews 12:1-2 “A huge cloud of witnesses (Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Sarah, Gideon, David, Samuel, Rahab, etc) is all around us (to affirm that the goal is indeed worth running the race). So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.” (New Int’l Readers’ Version)
->because this flower looks like the color of some clouds and has multiple flowers in bloom and rebloom
CLOUD RIDER is:
->I have always been fascinated by clouds. As a child I would lie on my back in the grass and watch them turn into different shapes. Throughout my life, they have often stopped me in my tracks, as I marveled at the uniqueness of each “picture” they made. At Springwood, sitting up so high on a hill, it feels like one can almost touch them – and thereby almost touch the hand of God. The Bible is full of cloud imagery. One of my favorites is that of God or Jesus riding on a cloud. For example:
->From Isaiah 19:1 [ A Prophecy Against Egypt ] “See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.” Or from Psalm 104: 3 He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. Or Mark 14:62: “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
COIN OF THE REALM is:
->from Mark 12:34-44 - the story of the widow who dropped two mites – the smallest coin of the realm when Jesus was alive - into the collection box. Jesus says to his disciples: “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
->because this flower looks like a small gold coin
CORONATION DAY is:
->from 1 Peter 5:4 – “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
->from Revelations 2:10 – “…be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
->because this flower has a regal purple color with a white edge that looks like a serrated crown
COSMIC STRUGGLE is:
->from Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
COUNT IT ALL JOY is:
->from James 1:2-4 – “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy (i.e. “count it all joy”), for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow…For when your patience is finally in bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.” (Living Bible)
CREATION REJOICES is:
->from the Sandy Patti song “A Morning Like This” that talks about the earth rejoicing on resurrection day when it feels Christ walking on the ground again
->from the many poetic verses in the Bible about mountains bowing down, trees clapping their hands, etc. in praise of God
->what I think of when I see this happy flower that bursts into multiple bloom over an extended period of time
CROWN OF SPLENDOR is:
->from Iasiah 62:3 – “You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”
CUP OF COLD WATER is:
->from Matthew 10:42 – “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
->Shortly after we moved to Springwood our well stopped working. I thought about all the women and children in the third world who have to walk hours to get water, most of which is unsafe to drink. Living Water International is one of the many important organizations that digs wells around the world in order to provide a clean and safe cup of cold water in His name.
DAY OF RECKONING is:
->from Isaiah 10:3 – “What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?”
DAZZLING ENCOUNTER is:
->from Acts 9:3 where Saul/Paul was on the road to Damascus to get the people’s cooperation to persecute believers, when he was blinded by the light of the living Christ who asked why he was persecuting Him.
->what you will have with this bright, flower-filled plant.
DEFINING MOMENT is:
->from Matthew 16:24 - Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
->from Joshua 24:15 – “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
->from Psalm 40:17 – “…You are my help and my deliverer.”
->because this plant is one of the strongest in my garden – in wind, sun, drought, heat, it is a consistent “deliverer”
DESIRE OF NATIONS is:
->one of the biblical names of Jesus – in Haggai 2:7. “Christ is called the desire of all nations, because of the sufficiency that is in him to supply the needs of the whole world. As the sun in the heavens suffices all nations for light and influence, so does the Sun of righteousness suffice for the redemption, justification, sanctification and salvation of the people of God all over the world “ John Flavel sermon
->what this amazingly beautiful flower will be.
EL SHADDAI is:
-> one of the Judaic names for God, which has been made so memorable in our generation by the song recorded by Amy Grant
END OF THE AGE is:
FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS is:
->from Matthew 24 – “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him and said ‘Tell us, when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?’” The answer: wars and rumors of wars, false prophets, famines, earthquakes, nation rising against nation.
->This flower is both ugly and pretty – like the end of the age – which will be ugly, but wonderful because it signals the return of Christ.
ENDURING FREEDOM is:
-> from John 8:34-36 and Romans 6:18, which talk about Christ setting us free forever from the bondage and penalty of sin
-> the operational name for the United States’ war on terrorism
ENTWINED IN THE VINE is:
->from John 15:5 - “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” In other words, staying entwined in the “vine” by having a living union with Christ will bring a fruitful life
->because this flower usually shows movement, often as a pinched crispate with curling – and when other flowers are combined with it, they bear much “fruit” in the form of outstanding offspring
->one of the cities that became a center of evangelism for the early Church.
Located at an intersection of major trade routes, Ephesus was the
most important city in western Asia Minor (now Turkey), and ranked with
Rome, Corinth, Antioch and Alexandria as one of the foremost urban centers
of the Roman Empire.
EYE ON THE SPARROW is:
->from Matthew 10:29-31- “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
->the name of a song I heard Ethel Waters sing when I was a child – “I sing because I’m happy; I sing because I’m free; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
EYES ON THE PRIZE is:
-> from I Corinthians 9:24-25 and Philippians 3:14 - “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize (eternal life) for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”
-> my hope for this flower – that it will be a breeder of award winners for those who use it
AND TRUE is:
->one of the Bible’s names for Christ (Rev. 19:11 and 3:14)
->one of the many attributes of God (Psalms 33:4)
->what this flower is – always pretty, always consistent, always
->from Matthew 17:20 “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
FEAR NOT is:
-> from Isaiah 41:10 - "Fear not, for I am with you; do not
be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Whether in the
midst of a battle, disease, loss of home or job or loved one, God tells
us not to fear, because He is with us.
-> This blazing flower says "Look at me, look to me, I'm strong."
FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE is:
->from Psalms 139:14 – “I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT is:
->from 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
TO OVERFLOWING is:
->from Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all
joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
->from 1 Peter 1:8-9 – “…you are filled with an inexpressible
and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the
salvation of your souls.”
->what this flower is – filled to overflowing with wonderful
genetics which produce beautiful offspring
FINAL DESTINATION is:
-> from Hebrews 9:27 - "man is destined to die
after that to face judgment." We all have one final destination
- either Heaven or hell - which one is up to us
-> an apt name for this flower, since it's one of the last to
start and stop blooming in my garden.
FINISH THE RACE is:
->from 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT is:
-> from Matthew 2:1 - "When they had gone, an angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream. 'Get up,' he said, 'take the child and
his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod
is going to search for the child to kill him.'"
-> The colors in this flower remind me of those seen in a desert
country like Egypt.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND is:
->from a familiar story about a person who dreams of walking along the beach with God and sees two sets of footprints in the sand except during the hard times of life, when there is only one set. God explains that “those are the times I carried you.”
->because the background color of this flower is like beach sand, and the eye is like a footprint on it.
FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS
-> from Genesis 7:12 - "And the rain fell on the earth for forty
days and forty nights."
-> from Matthew 4:2 - the length of time Jesus fasted in the desert
during which time He was tempted by Satan
-> from 1 Kings 19:8 - the length of time it took Elijah to
reach Mt. Horeb (the mountain of God) to talk with Him about the state
of things in Israel
-> from Exodus 24:18 - the length of time Moses was on the mountain
getting the Ten Commandments
-> because this flower has 40 buds
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE is:
->one of the Biblical names/attributes of God – from Psalms 36:9.
->a name/attribute of Christ - "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14
->because this flower blooms and blooms and makes wonderful offspring.
GNASHING OF TEETH is:
->obviously because of its huge ivory to white teeth
->because of the emotions I have about this flower. There have been many mis-steps along the way to its introduction, from my putting it in a dumb location for its first outdoor test at Springwood (a wet, shady area on the north greenhouse wall) to all of the southern test plants being inadvertently thrown away, to the spotting I see on many of the blooms in my zone 4 garden. It's made me unhappy and frustrated, which is a milder form of "gnashing of teeth" - which means anger, rage, pain and anguish.
->from Matthew 13:49-50: "So it shall be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
GONE TO GLORY is:
->From the song with the lyrics: “I’ve got a home in gloryland that outshines the sun (3X)
Way beyond the blue. Chorus: Do - Lord, oh Do - Lord, oh do you remember me (3X)
Way beyond the blue. I took Jesus as my saviour; you take Him too...(3X) etc. If you will not
bear the cross; you can't wear the crown (3X) etc
->This flower sparkles in the sun – and is a reminder of believers who have gone before us and the glory that awaited them (and us) in Heaven
GO IN PEACE is:
->from Luke 7:50 – “And he said to the woman, thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”
->The title of a good sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered in 1883. Can be read at www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2770.htm
GOSPEL MUSIC is:
->“a kind of Christian music based on American folk music, marked by strong rhythms and elaborated refrains, and incorporating elements of spirituals, blues and jazz.” American Heritage Dictionary
GOSPEL TRUTH is:
->From Wikipedia: “The word gospel derives from the Old English god-spell … meaning "good news" or "glad tidings"…the gospel was the good news of redemption through the propitiatory offering of Jesus Christ for one's sins, the central Christian message. The truth of the “good news” that Jesus preached – our redemption through his offer for our salvation.”
->Meaning an unquestionable truth.
->From Ephesians 1:13 – “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”
GREATEST GIFT OF ALL is:
->from 2 Corinthians 9:15 – “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (Jesus)
HANDWRITING ON THE WALL is:
->from Daniel 5 – the story of King Balshazzar and his reign in Babylon where the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall of the royal palace. Daniel translated the handwriting on the wall – “God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. You have been weighed in the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
HEALING TOUCH is:
-> from Matthew 4:23 - "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching
in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing
every disease and sickness among the people."
-> because the elaborate pattern in this flower reminded me of the mysterious writing on the wall, although it and its kids have been “weighed in the balance” by me and NOT found to be “wanting” :-)
HEARTBEAT OF HEAVEN is:
->a popular 20th century description of/name for Christ
->what this flower does – it makes my heart beat faster
HIDING PLACE is:
->from Psalm 32:7 - You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
INTELLIGENT DESIGN is:
->from Jeremiah 51:15 – “He made the world by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” In other words, this universe didn’t just happen by accident.
->the name of a recent movement whose premise is that the universe was created by intelligent design rather than by chaos
->a description of this flower and its offspring
INSCRIBED ON MY HEART is:
->from Jeremiah: 31 - “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.”
ISLE OF PATMOS is:
->a small Greek island off the coast of Turkey where the apostle John was exiled by the Romans because of his activities as a Christian missionary. It’s the place where he wrote the book of Revelation.
JOYFUL ASSEMBLY is:
->Hebrews 12:22 – “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.”
KEEP THE FAITH is:
->from 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
KING OF THE AGES is:
->from Revelation 15:3 – “…Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the Ages.
->from 1 Timothy 1:17 – “Now to the King of the Ages, the incorruptible, invisible, only God, be honor and glory forever.”
KINGDOM WITHOUT END is:
->from Luke 1:33 where the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that her son will reign over Israel forever and his Kingdom will never end.
->from Psalms 145:13 where David declares that God’s kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures throughout all generations.
->because this flower blooms and reblooms for weeks, seemingly without end.
LAKE OF FIRE is:
->from Revelation 19:20 – it’s where the anti-Christ and the false prophet will be thrown
->from Revelation 20:10 – it’s where the devil will eventually be thrown :-)
->from Revelation 20:15 – “If anyone’s name was not found in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” This is called the “second death.” The Bible teaches that the book of life is the heavenly register of the “elect” (those who profess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God). Sorry, I don’t make the rules - I’m just the messenger.
LIGHT OF THE WORLD is:
-> what Christ called Himself in John 9:5 – “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world”
-> what He called His followers to be in Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world…let your light shine…”
-> what this flower reminds me of – it lights up the area of the garden where it grows
LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE is:
->from Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
->a favorite children’s song
->a description of this bright, happy flower
LIVING WATER is:
->from John 7:38 – “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” and Revelation 7:17 – “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. ”
AND FISHES is:
->from Matthew 6:5-14 – when Jesus took 5 barley loaves and 2
fish that a young boy had brought and fed a multitude
->what this flower reminds me of – it went from 1 fan to a 40
fan clump in just 3 years!
MAGNIFY THE LORD is:
-> from Luke 1:46 (Mary speaking to Elizabeth about her situation)
- "My soul doth magnify (glorify) the Lord and my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior."
-> The eyes on this flower are so big that they appear to be seen
from under a magnifying glass.
LOVE NEVER FAILS is:
->From 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
->This flower looks like a Valentine’s card:-)
MAN OF SORROWS is:
->from Isaiah 53:3 – “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (suffering).”
->the scroll containing the biblical narrative of the Book of Esther
MIGHTY FORTRESS is:
->from Psalms 31:2 (and elsewhere) - refers to God as our fortress, our refuge in times of distress
->the name of a wonderful hymn many of us grew up singing
->what this strong, majestic plant reminds me of
MINNESOTA NICE is:
->Per Wikipedia “Minnesota nice is the stereotypical behavior of people born and raised in Minnesota to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered. The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.”
MORNING FOG is:
->given this name because of the misty, foggy coloring of its large eye
-> from James 4:14 (NLT) – “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” Matthew Henry has a great commentary on this verse: “The frailty, shortness, and uncertainty of life, ought to check the vanity and presumptuous confidence of all projects for futurity. We can fix the hour and minute of the sun's rising and setting to-morrow, but we cannot fix the certain time of a vapour being scattered. So short, unreal, and fading is human life, and all the prosperity or enjoyment that attends it; though bliss or woe for ever must be according to our conduct during this fleeting moment. We are always to depend on the will of God. Our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and contrivances for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Providence often throws our plans into confusion. All we design, and all we do, should be with submissive dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of worldly things and aspiring projects; it will bring great disappointment, and will prove destruction in the end.”
MOSES IN THE BULRUSHES is:
->from Exodus 2:3 – Pharoah ordered that all sons of the children of Israel be thrown into the Nile River as soon as they were born because the Israelites in Egypt were multiplying too quickly, and he was afraid they might turn against the Egyptians and escape their enslavement. The mother or Moses (Jochebed) put him in a watertight basket made of bulrushes and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile, where he was found and raised by the Pharoah’s daughter.
->In the north this flower is often in the foliage, hence MOSES IN THE BULRUSHES.
->Moses was a great leader, and took his people toward the “promised land”, which I hope this flower will do for other hybridizers.
MOUNT ARARAT is:
->from Genesis 8:4 – “and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.”
->given this name because of its height, strength and dark color
MYSTERIOUS WAYS is:
->So much about God is hidden from us and is a mystery. For example, in I Corinthians 50-58 (the wonderful passage sung in the Messiah): “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
->This flower has many shapes and layers to it (see website pictures), and how it might breed is still much of a mystery to me.
MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST is:
->the name of a devotional book by Oswald Chambers which is beloved by millions
MY YOKE IS EASY is:
->from Matthew 11:30 – “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
NEW EVERY MORNING is:
->from Lamentations 3:22-23 – “..his mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
->because the color on this flower changes from day to day, so to me it’s “new every morning"
NO MORE TEARS is:
->what we’re promised heaven will be like in Isaiah 25:8 and 65:19 and Revelations 21:4 and 7:17
->obviously the slogan of a baby shampoo we all grew up with
->named in honor of Mal Brooker and to give comfort and encouragement to his wonderful wife Gerda. It’s a “happy” flower from the same cross (Seminole Wind x Ed Brown) as Mal Brooker’s lovely Belle Cooke, which was introduced just before his “home going”. Life brings so many tears – it will be wonderful to spend eternity in a place without them!
NOT GUILTY is:
->from Titus 3:7 - He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life.
->Romans 3:21-22, TLB. "But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by ‘being good enough' and trying to keep His laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says He will accept and acquit us—declare us ‘not guilty'—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like."
->I thought of this name because the plant comes from “Man of Sorrows” and because of its color, remembering that the reason we can be declared Not Guilty is because of the blood Christ shed for us.
->from Matthew 7:7 - "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and
you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
->what this flower appears to be – open and welcoming
OVERFLOWING HEART is:
->from Luke 6:45 – “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
->from Colossians 2:7 – “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
->The “heart” of this daylily overflows, spilling out almost to the edge
PATHWAY OF PEACE is:
-> from Luke 1:78-79 - "because of the tender mercy of our God
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those
living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into
the path of peace."
-> from John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give
-> from John 16:33 - "I have told you these things, so that
in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take
heart! I have overcome the world."
-> from Acts 10:36 - "You know the message God sent to the people
of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who
is Lord of all."
PEACE BEYOND UNDERSTANDING is:
->from Philippians 4: 7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
->how I feel about this peaceful looking flower, whose breeding potential is beyond my understanding
PRECIOUS PROMISES is:
->from 2 Peter 1:4 – “…he has given us his very great and precious promises.” These promises include not only “the eternal glories of the eternal Kingdom, but a changed, divine nature within ourselves, which God will, of His own grace, bestow upon us, which we, on our part, must do our best to attain.” (p.667 Halley’s Bible Handbook)
PROFOUND MYSTERY is:
->from 1 Corinthians 15:51 – “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”
->this flower is a mystery – it starts out as a solid color in the morning, and changes throughout the day to become an eyed reverse bitone by the afternoon
REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY is:
->given this name because its wonderful offspring themselves have wonderful
offspring, so the joy is repeated over and over and over :-)
->from the second verse of Joy to the World:
“Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.”
RICH IN MERCY is:
->from Ephesians 2:4-5 – “God is so rich in mercy; he loved us so much that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives again when he raised Christ from the dead…”
->because of the rich grape purple color of this flower
ROBED IN MAJESTY is:
->from Psalms 93:1 - describing God
->what this showy, regal flower looks like
ROCK OF SALVATION is:
-> from Psalms 95:1 – “Oh, come let us sing to the Lord…the Rock of our salvation.”
-> what this very large, thick, heavy flower brought to mind from the time it first bloomed – it’s a “solid rock” - and a “firm foundation” for breeding other large, thick, heavy “rocks”
SECRET OF CONTENTMENT is:
->from Philippians 4:12-13 – “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation…I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” The secret is union with the living Christ who is the source of our strength and joy.
->because although this flower has both good days and bad, I’m content with it - especially because it breeds gorgeous flowers which bring me joy.
SERMON ON THE MOUNT is:
->from Matthew 5-7 – the most significant of the recorded sermons of Jesus – it includes the Lord’s prayer, the Golden Rule, the Beatitudes, summary of Christian doctrines, etc.
->because this flower is so tall
SET FREE is:
->from Romans 6:18 – “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
SEVEN SEALS is:
->from Revelations 5-6 – describing the last days, where God is holding a scroll which is sealed with seven seals; when the seals are opened, they release a series of judgments on the earth
TIMES SEVEN is:
->from Matthew 18:22 – the number of times we’re to forgive others
->how many blooms this flower seems to have – it just keeps going
SHADOW OF HIS HAND is:
->from Isaiah 51:16 - “…I have covered you with the shadow of my hand” and
Isaiah 49:2 “…in the shadow of His hand he hid me” – a poetic way of describing God’s protection
->what this flower reminds me of with its dark eye, and the fact that it can fit inside your hand
SHINE ON ME is:
-> from Numbers 6:24-26 - an oft heard benediction/blessing: "The
LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and
be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."
SHOUT FROM THE MOUNTAINTOPS is:
-> from Isaiah 42:10-12 which is a song of praise to God “Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands, and all who live in them. Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops. Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.”
->This flower has grown on the north hill at Springwood, subjected to all the fury winter can bring. It is such a strong, happy flower that blooms in bouquet form for week after week, like it is singing God’s praises and “shouting from the mountaintops” that He is Lord.
SITTING ON A CLOUD is:
->from Revelations 14:14 “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”
SHINING THROUGH THE DARKNESS is:
->from John 1:5 – “And the light (Christ) shines in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not.”
SKIN OF MY TEETH is:
->from Job: 19:20 –“ I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth.”
->in today’s jargon, it means narrowly escaping disaster. This flower spots sometimes, and it is only because of the strength of its good days and its wonderful qualities as a parent that it passed the test to become an introduction.
SOLI DEO GLORIA is:
->a Latin term that means “Glory to God alone”
SONG OF DELIVERANCE is:
->The colors of this flower remind me of the sands of Egypt, which reminds me of the flight out of Egypt and the songs of deliverance sung by the Israelites.
->also from Psalm 32:7 - You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” and 2 Samuel 22:1 where “David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.”
SONS OF THUNDER is:
->from Mark 3:17 talking about 2 of Jesus’ disciples – James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. Jesus gave them the nickname Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder.”
SOUL ON FIRE is:
-> from Mark 12:30: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
In other words, "let your soul be on fire for God."
->an apt name for this fiery, strong flower.
SPIRIT OF TRUTH is:
->from John 14:17 talking about the Holy Spirit, who reveals and speaks the truth of Jesus: “He is the Spirit of truth.”
SPOKEN IN PARABLES is:
->from Matthew 13:35 – “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
STAR OF THE NORTH is:
-> given this name because it’s a superstar in northern gardens
-> Jesus is our morning star (2 Peter 1:19) and keeps us on course – just like the North Star, which gives travelers a sense of direction and is a sure and constant guide.
STORM SHELTER is:
->from Isaiah 25:4 – “You have been a shelter…from the storm.”
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is:
->from Exodus 2:22 – “And she bare him a son, and he (Moses) called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.” This refers to Moses living in Midian in exile from Egypt.
-> an apt description of the Christian believer and a reminder that the earth is not our home. We are indeed strangers in a strange land: Ephesians 2:19 – “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God” and Hebrews 11:13 - “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”
->the memorable title of a 1961 science fiction book by Robert Heinlein
->the name if this flower because of its unusual eye colors when it is cool or cloudy
SWEETEST NAME I KNOW is:
->the name of a favorite 1911 gospel hymn by Luther Bridges - Jesus The Sweetest Name I Know
->this flower reminds me of cotton candy – good enough to eat :-)
TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD is:
->from Revelation 19:15 – “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
->from Isaiah 27:1 – “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
THISTLES AND THORNS is:
->from Genesis 3:18, with God talking to Adam and Eve about their departure from Eden and the land that they will inhabit: “It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.”
-> from Hebrews 6:8 – “But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.” Although throughout the scriptures we are told that God will never leave or forsake us, this passage refers to the serious consequences to the believer who turns his back on God.
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY is:
->From 1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” This means that in this life there are limitations on our knowledge of the things of God, but those will be made clear when we meet Him face to face.
-> An apt name for this shadowy, mysterious flower.
THUNDERING VOICE is:
->from Psalm 18:13 –“ The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.”
TIMELESS TRUTH is:
->from John 14:6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me” and from John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the
Word (Christ), and the word was with God and the Word was God.” In other
words, Christ has always existed and has always been the Truth, so not only is
he the timeless Truth, but his truth is also timeless.
OF BABEL is:
->a reference to the story in Genesis 11
->what this tall and very perpendicular flower reminds me of
TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION is:
->from 2 Corinthians 2:14 – “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
-> from Luke 6:29: "If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn
to him the other also."
-> The red eye reminded me of a slapped cheek.
UNDIVIDED HEART is:
-> from Psalms 8:11 where David prays that every fiber of his being will unite in reverence to God. “Teach me your way O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.”
UNSHAKABLE KINGDOM is:
-> from Hebrews 12:28 – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
VANISHING MIST is:
-> from James 4:13-15 – “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”
VIA DOLOROSA is:
->from Wikipedia: “The Via Dolorosa (Latin for Way of Grief or Way of Suffering) is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem. Since the 18th century, it has been traditionally held to be the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion.”
->the name of a beautiful, haunting song describing the event
- an apt name for this blood red flower
VOICE OF MANY WATERS is:
->From Ezekiel 43:2 “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.”
->From Revelation 1:15 “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” And Revelation 14:2 “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder.” And Revelation 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”
WALL OF FIRE is:
->from Zechariah 2:5 : “God declares He will be a wall of fire around His church, which can’t be broken through or undermined nor can it be assailed without danger to those who attack” (from Matthew Henry commentary)
->what this tall coral red flower looks like to me when it’s blooming in a large clump
WAY OF LIFE is:
->from John 14:6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
->what this flower is as a breeder – a way to beautiful new life (seedlings)
WELCOMING COMMITTEE is:
-> one of the gift plants at the 2007 AHS National Convention distributed by the “welcoming committee” at registration
->what this flower feels like – it is so exuberant and full of bloom – like it’s happy to see you :-)
->what a lot of us like to imagine when we think of entering the pearly gates, i.e. being greeted by some combination of angels, other believers, St. Peter, the Father, Son or Holy Sprit who are there to welcome us home. Actually, this is not specifically discussed in Scripture, although we are assured that in heaven we will be with Christ (Luke 23:42-43) and we will dwell with God and be His people (Rev 21:3-4).
WELLSPRING OF WISDOM is:
->a popular 20th century description of/name for Christ
WOMAN AT THE WELL is:
->The loops and ruffles on this flower seem both naughty and joyful - they remind me of the Samaritan woman with 5 husbands and a lover who met Jesus at the well in John 4:7-26. He told her “but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
WRESTLING WITH ANGELS is:
->I chose this name because the ruffles of the flower look like they are in the middle of a wrestling match.
->from Genesis 32:24-30, which describes the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel