Almond’s First Watch

almond blossoms against a petaled snowfall

Welcome back to the Garden in Delight blog, happy 2016! According to the Groundhog, spring will have an early arrival this year. We’d best add Almond to the Plant Guide, then, for nothing speaks more delightfully of spring’s hastening than the early, snow white flowering of these Holy Land trees. As promised, enjoy a poem to make it

all the sweeter

by adding plants in rhyme and meter.

Before long I hope to have an alphabet’s worth of botanicals for delighting in God’s Word in the garden, entering into the Lord’s poetic dimension that resounds in the land.


A is for Almondis for almond,
one of Israel’s best trees
yielding fall nut-fruits
from spring’s busy bees.

“a land flowing with milk and honey,”
God called Israel’s home.
Surely almond trees supplied much
to bees’ pollinating roam.

Early spring’s almond orchard
blooms dazzling blush-white,
a breathtaking, fragrance-rapture.
Bee-hold this flourishing sight

bees love almond treeslike Jeremiah did—
“What do you see?” the Lord asked.
Watch for the Word fulfilled,
the prophet was tasked.

And so in an ancient
Hebrew word-play,
“almond tree” and “watching”
associate the way

we are to live:
Watching for His Word.
Flowers are fleeting,
and things may look absurd,

like a branch with buds and flowers
…and fruit?!
To discern such meanings
one must be astute

to His ways; they’re not as ours,
and His thoughts are higher,
and certainly His Word
accomplishes what He desires.

“Be always on the watch,”
said Jesus, his warnings unfolding.
“See for yourselves,”
he gestured, as if holding

the tabernacle lampstand,
shining light, sweet and bold,
adorned with almond blossoms
and fashioned in gold.

Almond culture is particular;
no late frosts, little rain.
Not many gardeners
have climate and terrain

to produce from these trees—
to the market we go,
where nuts and products abound,
pastries to amaretto.

Now almond milk is trending,
isn’t that funny?
Seems to come back around
to the land of milk and honey!

where the LORD promised
to watch over our life.
Be expectant, anticipating:
the Lord God will give us light.

Almond orchard in Kern County CA


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Photo Credits:

© 2015 Shelley S. Cramm  All almond blossom photos from an amazing trip to an orchard in Kern County, CA last February


5 Responses to Almond’s First Watch

  1. Deborah McKissic February 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    Hello, Shelley! Those almond trees are beautiful! What a wonderful sight! I am glad you are back…your blog will make the rest of winter seem less, well….cold! I am enjoying my mornings with the Gardeners Bible and learning so much… just to sit and read the bible and your writings therein is just the best! Blessings to you, Debby

  2. Charlotte February 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Your poetry continually impresses me..vivid with verbal images and continually connecting to God’s Word. I, too, am glad you’re back with your blog.

    • Shelley Cramm February 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you both for your wonderful welcome back!

  3. Pam's English Garden February 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    Hello Shelley,

    Love your almond tree photographs — filled with hope! We met at GWA in Pasadena you may remember. I am loving my daily readings and will write a review on my blog soon, as promised. Thank you for your lovely card. Blessings. P. x

    • Shelley Cramm February 12, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

      Pam, of course I remember you! These photos are from an orchard just north of Pasadena by about 2 1/2 hours. I am so glad to hear you are enjoying the book. Hope to see you in Atlanta this year!

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