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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Mary Garden

The Mary Garden bloomed in its full glory a couple of weeks ago when a picture would have been amazing:  daffodils and tulips in full riotous color, so bright it almost hurt our eyes.  Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture (sorry).

But, for the past few weeks, Charles has been painting an icon to put in a shrine in the corner of the Mary Garden, and he unveiled it recently.  The garden was full of dead daffodils and tulips, and some almost blooming lilies and just emerging Forget-Me-Nots.

The icon he painted features Mary sitting with the Christ Child on her lap, surrounded by flowers, including the aforementioned Forget-Me-Nots.

He wrote about it in his blog: Loaves and Fishes and I am happy to share it with you, finally!


  1. So lovely! What exactly is a Mary Garden? Are there certain flowers it has?

  2. It is gorgeous! He does such beautiful work!!!

  3. Hey, sweetie! Did you know that you have word verification on? It is really difficult to complete those things. Blogger really improved their spam filter about a year ago so the word verification step really isn't necessary any more. Would you consider taking it off for us commentors? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Donna - I had it off previously, so I wasn't aware it was back on. I removed it! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. Word verification is a pain!

  4. Charles did such a lovely job! Such a nice spot for Mary's garden. xo

  5. Thank you SO MUCH for turning it off! Hip-hip-hooray!!!


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