As many of you know, my inspiration for starting this blog, was from my Mother, Maxine Patterson, who passed away in 2010. She was involved in many ministries in her church and community, but her greatest love was creating flower arrangements for weekly worship services at First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc, MS. For over thirty years, she grew, gathered, and made countless floral arrangments for worship services there. Although she was widely known in the community for her prize winning roses, she loved to incorporate flowers and greenery from other acquaintances from whom she had acquired “cutting rights”. I can remember her trunk being supplied with rubber boots, gloves, and flower clippers just in case we might “happen on” something unique growing on the roadside. Some of her favorites included Queen Anne’s Lace, cattails, persimmons, and Beauty Berry. It was not unusual for her to stop the car suddenly, and step into a ditch to explore the options! Also, she loved to take excursions in the woods to collect Jackson Vine (Similax smali), and even engaged a property owner to take her out in his four wheeler to harvest it! She definitely enjoyed “the hunt” for unique and natural flowers to incorporate into her floral creations. Mother found peace and solace in the garden, and was happiest when she was gardening in her beloved rose garden.
Below are a few of my Mother’s church arrangments:
Several years prior to my Mother’s death, a sweet lady named Wilma Sartin, began helping my Mother with the weekly church arrangements. She now heads up the flower ministry at the church. A gifted floral designer, she also works for a local florist sharing her many talents. Although a master gardener, Wilma is also gifted musically, and even plays the violin! Her sweet spirit, humility, and graciousness instantly make you feel like you’ve found a new best friend! Wilma will always hold a special place in my heart. She was my Mother’s last hospital visitor several hours prior to her death three years ago. I will always have memories of a gorgeous bouquet of blush colored roses she brought to her bedside. As always, her smile and love permeated the room….
May the talents of these two women inspire us to use our gifts for God’s glory!
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars..