|Always cut （trim))|
the branches of an Ume tree, but do not cut the branches of a Sakura tree.
|--wisdom from Japanese gardening|
|standing under the fruit and leaves of an ume tree in God`s gorgeous sunshine is a great happiness!!!|
|First Fruit of the Ume tree!!! (plums!!)|
The ume (plum) tree has borne fruit!
Its been exciting from January to see the gardener pruning the tree, and then the beautiful blossoms in February, and now the leaves are green and it is bursting with fruit. Ume means `plum` in Japanese, and now on the tree at the castle you can see the green plum fruits appear on the tree.
Even closer to home, the olive and grape trees on our balcony are showing signs of fruit--i.e., little buds of blossoms. For the first two years we lived here, we didn`t see these signs except for one tiny patch of flower last year, so its exciting to see that little blossom buds are appearing on many of the branches.
It is exciting how God`s word and calendar are expressed in the seasons around us, May we too bear good fruit in this season. Today is the 19th day of the counting of the Omer up to Shavuot. It is also April 19th and a day to rejoice, it is Israel Independence Day!! Happy 70th Birthday Israel!!
The fruit of the Ume tree!! (Ume = Plum) (above)
The beginning of flowers on the Olive tree on our balcony (below)
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God,
I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever."
And see in the thickening vine and green and beginning of flowers on the grape vine (below)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in me. ---John 15:4~5
|Grape vine thickens so quickly, and the blossoms are shooting forth in tiny buds from between the leaves (too small now for my camera lens to find in this picture, but they are there!)|
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.