With recent rainfall, even if sporadic, the Chama Canyon Wilderness is blooming with Russian sage and yucca plants.

While the purple-flowered sage can be used in salads, in making dyes, as well as possessing medicinal properties, we have the plants primarily for ornamental purposes and for flower arrangements in church. The sage flowers last several days in water.

The yucca flowers remain outdoors, and while beautiful to behold, cannot be cut for flower arrangements. The delicate white flowers extend from spiney sword-shaped leaves and a tall stem.

As the photo below displays, we are greatly blessed to live in the midst of desert beauty.

With many greetings and continued prayers.

Abbot Christian and the monks