The Ground Is White

     When we planted alyssum seeds we didn’t think of it being everywhere in the backyard garden.  It pops its head up in many places and grows easily wherever it is.  But it perfumes the air and fills in the corners and we would rather have alyssum come up than some of these other weeds. 





    Our granddaughter’s name is Alyssa and she must have a liking for Alyssum for she and her family gave us some more alyssum seeds!  What are we going to do with all the Alyssum! 












     The Alyssum is starting to bloom now and it is covering the brown ground and we are so happy to have it grow so fast and make things look white.  Some of them are purple or pink as well.


The dainty flowers of sweet alyssum emit a honey-like fragrance that’s potent, but not cloying. The rich nectar in the flowers draws legions of beneficial insects to the garden, making it a favorite of organic gardeners.

Keep newly planted sweet alyssum evenly moist until plants are established. If plants look shaggy by midsummer, shear them back to promote heavy fall blooming.

The propensity of sweet alyssum to form a mat without becoming invasive makes it an excellent filler plant in the garden. Tuck it between newly planted perennials to temporarily fill blank spots in the landscape, or plant it beneath roses to disguise unsightly canes. Sweet alyssum also thrives in containers and the rock garden.

Jamie Mc Intosh


  "The striking figures and pictures God has given in his heavens should thrill our souls and lead our minds to a contemplation of heavenly glories. While engaged in this the mind will have no leisure for worldly imaginings, worldly schemings, lusting for worldly honors or distinction. While in converse with the God of nature, in viewing with sanctified eyes his created glorious things in nature, the yearnings of the heart will be for higher and holier attainments.    

     The high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity claims and deserves our highest thoughts and holiest affections. God is the source of all power. From his infinite love flow blessings to every creature formed in his image. Our heavenly Father has hung out glories in the firmament of the heavens, that men may have an expression of his love in the revealing of his wondrous works. God would not have us indifferent to the symbols of the glories of his infinite power in the heavens. David delighted to dwell upon these glories. He composed psalms which the Hebrew singers chanted to the praise of God. "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof."  

ST, December 12, 1878