Tue 23 Aug, 2011
Tags: Adoration Chapel, Benedictine Sisters, Clyde, Garden, Hail, Sister Mary Edward, Storm, Trees
Our Clyde monastery is known for its beautiful landscaping, flowers, trees and large expanses of lawn. All have been ravaged during Thursday’s storms.
Several trees were uprooted or broken in two like a toothpick.
A small section of yard between our south pond and the cemetery can be renamed “Broken Tree Alley.”
A twisted trunk reveals the power of 100-mph straight-line winds.
We lost this tree outside our Adoration Chapel, near what we call Lower Hall.
Flowers and gardens were torn apart. Lawns were strewn with debris and glass. We WILL have a beautiful place once again. Right now the beauty is hidden, much like the beauty of faith is hidden until an epiphany.
A garden of flowers under the watchful eye and skilled hands of Sister Mary Edward once was lush and multi-hued.
Sister Mary Edward’s garden and flowers have been ravaged.
Now it looks like a weed patch. Mother Nature’s gentle hand will take its course, and we will help it along. In a short time you will find once again roses, bleeding hearts, peonies, clematis, petunias, sweet peas as well as irises.
This old beautiful maple sat on the edge of the grass outside our Apple House, near an employee parking lot. It turned a brilliant gold in the fall and shed leaves for weeks.
We regret losing these majestic pieces of our beauty. They will be hard to replace, like old friends. We trust that God has a plan for all of this.
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