This Christmas has indeed had it’s ups and downs for me but I Love the remembrance of the Birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour and to me regardless of what others do,or don’t do, in my Heart because of God’s Awesome Gift of Love to us, it’s a wonderful Season of Love, Joy, Peace and Hope and yes it’s foundation needs to be remembered everyday of the year.
But unfortunately in the last week I have also had two Accidents, one on my Mobility Scooter that had a surge of power and accelerated into a wall causing me to be thrown off and to be wedged between the Scooter and a glass door with almost no hope of help with it being Sunday the 24th and everything around the Office front where the Scooter and I were was closed. I also could not be seen from the Highway just the Scooter but amazingly after praying I was able to free myself, fix the seat that had been twisted from the impact and drive home even though I was in extreme pain, the bruising on my back, left arm and leg is very extensive but nothing is broken.
As they say it doesn’t rain it pours and yesterday I tripped over a pillow while carrying groceries into the Kitchen and this caused server swelling and bruising on my left Knee, I’m still in pain but once again I think it is just bruised.
But than something very special has also happened this Christmas, my new Home has many Palm Trees, two different types but no flowers only a few potted ones although I hope to plant and pot some more in the New Year.
I missed the flowers and prayed about them thinking perhaps I would receive some and yes I did in an unexpected way from a Woman at Woolworths and than surprisingly a big Tree in my Neighbours yard at the back of my Duplex burst into big orange flowers they were beautiful and I saw them every time I drove up my driveway and yes I Thanked God for them too.
Than on my Birthday the 26th, the day after Christmas day, one of my Palm Trees for the first time since I moved into my Duplex, produced beautiful White flowers as you can see below, I had not seen them there before and also did not know what they were, although they looked like Snowdrops, so I checked the Internet and below is what I found.
Yucca gigantea rises 30 feet high in ideal conditions, with white blossoms that push out from the center flor de izote as the bloom is sometimes called, it’s the National flower of El Salvador.
Many species of Yucca produce edible flowers but the giant Yucca also is prized for its Ornamental qualities. The stalk that produces flowers will die back but the plant will continue to send up new pups and side spears that will flower. With maintenance a single giant Yucca will produce a dramatic thick stand of plants.
The Spring bloom usually comes around Easter and the petals find their way into seasonal cooking. Gardeners from Central America and Mexico where the plant originated treasure the crunchy white blossoms in scrambled eggs, pupusas and tacos.
Like all Yucca, gigantea is drought tolerant and easy to propagate from new pups which come up at ground level. The plant attracts few pests but can be killed by rot that comes with over-watering.
All parts of the plant are useful the smooth spineless leaves for their fiber, the roots as a soap, the seeds, fruit and stem as food. The flowers are prized most, crisp and tasting somewhere between artichokes and asparagus. After removing the bitter center bulb containing unopened buds the separated petals are boiled for five minutes.
Wow what an amazing flower and a wonderful Birthday present, it’s also the National flower of the Country were Darlyn the little girl that I support with Compassion lives.
Thank you my Blogging friends for taking the time to share the ups and downs of my Christmas and Birthday, may God bless you greatly for your Faithfulness to take an interest in others.
Christian Love – Anne ( Grannie Annie)