Saturday, 18 October 2008

Harvest Festival - 11

I am aware that gladioli blooms are not edible - but here is a lovely floral display at the recent RHS Harvest Festival in London.

We thank you, God our Father,
For all your loving care;
We thank you that you made the world
So very bright and fair.
We thank you for the sunshine,
And for the pleasant showers;
And we thank you, God our Father,
We thank you for the flowers.

Out in the sunny meadows,
And in the woodlands cool,
And under every hedgerow,
And by each reedy pool,
And on the lonely moorland,
And by the broad highway
With colours bright, so pure and fresh,
They spring up every day.

And in the dusty city,
Where busy crowds pass by:
And where the tall dark houses
Stand up and hide the sky,
And where through lanes and alleys
No pleasant breezes blow,
Dear God our Father, even there
You make the flowers grow.

And whether in the city
Or in the fields they dwell,
Always the same sweet message
The sweet young flowers tell.
For they are all so wonderful,
They show your power abroad;
And they are all so beautiful,
They tell your love, O Lord.

Tomorrow we shall be going to the countryside - to the RHS Harvest Celebrations at their gardens at Wisley in Surrey. As you will see from the photos, the weather was magnificent - a real 'St Luke's Little Summer'.

Happy St Luke's Day!

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