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First Blooms of Spring

Perennial bloom succession

Share10Pin8Tweet3RedditFlipEmail+1Share21 Shares Perennial bloom succession, the first flowers of spring! If you’ve read some of my other articles on flowers and gardening, you’ll know how much I truly enjoy this activity. It connects me with nature in the city. I love living in the city for so many reasons but don’t think we should never be without greenery. Unfortunately, not all cities were built with green space in mind and… Read More »

Glastonbury Terrace Garden Focal Points - Garden Statues

Focal Points & How to Build a Fountain for your Urban Garden

Garden Objects & Focal Points

Tweet7Pin4Share1RedditFlipEmail+1Share12 SharesIn my opinion, every garden where ever it is, deserves to have a focal point.  It could be a larger flower, a cluster of flowers, a statue, a fountain, a bird, bat or insect house or any myriad of items. Here are 2 examples of focal points that I photographed on one of my trips to Glastonbury, England. Both examples are on the ground level in the center of Glastonbury… Read More »

Beautiful Public Domain image of pansies and butterfly

Urban gardening, planning a balcony garden

Share4Pin3TweetRedditFlipEmail+1Share7 SharesMy first gardening experience as an adult with my own home was memorable. The plantings and areas surrounding the house were planned but through the years they weren’t tended to. I started piece by piece and the very first night after digging in the dirt, my dream was filled with earth and earthworms. It was beautiful. That’s when I became obsessed with gardening and spent hours planning, digging, growing,… Read More »

Stop spraying pesticides

Natural Pesticide Recipes [PDF]

ShareTweetPinRedditFlipEmail+1Share Natural Solutions If you need a pesticide to regain balance in your garden, make it a natural one. Here are some natural pesticide recipes that you can read here or save the pdf here. Do you have a natural method to restore balance in your garden? Share it in the comments and please share this post with others and help spread nurturing solutions so we can stop using poison… Read More »

Water Garden Infographic - fix.com

Indoor Gardening, an Infographic

ShareTweetPinRedditFlipEmail+1ShareFor many people who live in areas that have greater differences in temperatures from season to season, there is no reason you can’t have an indoor garden. Here is an infographic from the editors of Fix.com written by Jodi Helmer. Start small, indoor plants clean the air and add beauty to your interior environment. Houseplants: Indoor Gardening for Mindfulness Cultivating Mindfulness Taking care of houseplants also has benefits. Scientists have… Read More »

Sponges made of sponge gourd for sale alongside sponges of animal origin

Grow your own Loofa

ShareTweetPinRedditFlipEmail+1ShareWhen I watched this video It got me to thinking about trying to grow them myself. Where I live not sure where to get seeds and my garden is a balcony garden not a traditional garden. A city balcony garden has its own micro-climate presenting some challenges. Have you ever grown your own? I’ve purchased them in the past but would like to grow my own. If you have any… Read More »

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When cities were Nature’s haven: a tale from Bangalore

Share3TweetPinRedditFlipEmail+1Share3 SharesEditor’s Note: This article is a great case-study and delves into real issues and offers some action towards solutions. It is my hope that more cities around the world will return to greening. I have watched my city transform over the last 12 years, grow rapidly and on the surface, all is well but the lack of planning and old systems have done a lot of damage. How can… Read More »

drawing of an ant

ANTS – Hymenopteara: Formicidae

In the quest for lessons from nature and particularly ants, some of their notable characteristics include the following:

* They display tremendous strength and determination. It is estimated that on the average they are able to carry 5x their own body weight.

* They help one another and display altruistic qualities. They work for the good of one another and they will even sacrifice their lives for the greater good of their community.

* They will not take from the mouth of others, yet they will give to others.

Bloom Succession – Perennials

Pin5ShareTweetRedditFlipEmail+1Share5 SharesPerennial bloom succession is most certainly something to look forward to throughout the growing season! During the long winter months snuggled up in blankets, wandering mind produces dreams and visions of lush foliage, colourful flowers blooming and trailing vines. In February small signs of spring appear as the day slowly becomes longer only to be shunned as a cold wind hurts my skin. Like vines, these dreams entangle themselves… Read More »