May brings thoughts, and flowers, of Mary

During May, many people honor the Virgin Mother with May crownings and May altars. It’s also the time when Mary gardens begin to bloom, or be planted.

Bleeding hearts and periwinkle (in the background) at sunset. (Patricia Kasten | The Compass)

Bleeding hearts and periwinkle (in the background) at sunset. (Patricia Kasten | The Compass)

For example, there has been a Mary garden at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral for almost 10 years. https://www.thecompassnews.org/compass/2008-08-15/news1.shtml

In my own garden, partially shown here, the bleeding hearts (Mary’s heart in a Mary garden) and (in the background) periwinkle (called the Virgin’s flower in a Mary garden) started to bloom on Mother’s Day this year. Also blooming are lilacs (called Ascension flowers in Mary gardens) and tulips (Mary’s prayer.)

About Patricia Kasten

Kasten is the author of “Linking Your Beads, The Rosary’s History, Mysteries and Prayers,” published by Our Sunday Visitor Press.  Her newest book, on sainthood – “Making Sense of Saints. Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Saint-Making and More“, was published by OSV in Spring 2014.  She is also a puzzle-smith. Her weekly Scripture Search puzzle (see The Compass) and bi-weekly The Cross Word, both based on the Sunday readings, appear in Catholic newspapers and parish bulletins around the country.