Shaggy Balls

     The garden would be full of poppies if we didn’t pull them out so there is room for something else.  Even so we like to see them too and let the shaggy balls grow in some places.  They do not last very long but the shaggy ones seem to stay a little longer than the single ones. 








     The colors can be very appealing and you wonder why can’t they live longer.  This world is cursed by all the sin and all living things have a time when they come to their end of life. 







      But there is a hope, for those who are faithful and true to God, soon nothing will ever die again.  That is a wonderful promise.  Then never again will a flower fade away and die.  Praise the Lord for such a hope.






























 "The Riches of India"  

"India is a land of blooming flowers, beautiful trees, and costly gems.  

In vegetable productions, India is said to surpass all other lands. "Groves of different kinds of palms spread their beautiful foliage over the regions along the coast, offering the native and traveller delicious fruits and nuts of great variety; and over the inland plains and highlands the shady mango shelters the soil, while the sacred fig, and the bread fruit tree combine beauty with luxury. Great forests of caoutchouo (India rubber trees) grow throughout the low and marshy bracts, and millions of bamboos cub from the great northern regions, are yearly floated down the Ganges, whence they are sent to the different markets of the world." Teak forests (the wood of which is used in making ships) are found in Central India, and the deodar tree in the northwest provinces. Besides these, there are the mulberry trees, the acacia, filled with rich, yellow blossoms, the fine-leaved tamarind, the graceful neem, the willowy shecsham, and the cotton tree, covered with bright red flowers as large as roses, flashing like a great mass of fire in the morning light. There is also the coral tree, filled with lovely blood-red flowers, shaped like coral, and the kachnar, whose long branches are loaded with fragrant, lilac-coloured blossoms.  

Of grains, rice is the principal one grown on the plains. Here also is grown cotton, sugar cane, indigo, jute, and poppies. For miles and miles along the river Ganges, as far as the eye can reach, great fields of white and violet-coloured poppies may be seen at a certain time every year. They are not raised, however, for their bright flowers, but for the vile poison called opium, which is made from them, and yearly sold for millions of pounds. Although it brings so much money, it is a great curse, for it poisons and destroys those who get into the habit of eating and smoking it.  

Maize, millet, peas, beans, wheat, barley, and other grains, grow on the higher grounds; tea in Assam, the Punjaub, and the Neilgheries; pepper in Malabar; and coffee among the hills of Southern India." 

March 9, 1893 EJW, PTUK 75