My neighbours laughed at me!
When we moved here, and I told them I was planning a seaside flower garden, they chuckled and told me that flowers do not survive so close to the sea. The air is too salty, they said.
However, after researching types of flowers, I learned which ones do survive, and even thrive here. Often they are plants with thick waxy leaves. Only the strongest flowering plants will endure the salt spray.
Pictured are Rieger Begonias.
In traditional Catholic thought, these flowers symbolize the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I now spend much time outside, praying, and tending my seaside garden.
It is a Mary garden. No, Catholics of course do not ‘worship’ Mary, but they do honour her, as the woman from Christ drew his humanity.
Here are the words of a famous Protestant Christian that you may be familiar with, concerning Mary:
‘She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honour her enough’.
These are the words of Martin Luther, given at his 1531 Christmas Sermon. He retained his devotion to Mary throughout his whole life.