Planting guide and loving the earth each and every day not just on Earth Day Every April ‘Earth Day’ comes around as some kind of celebration and I love our mother Earth who supports and nourishes us but I’ve given up on the fake holidays with good intentions. They are intended to remind us about whatever ‘holiday’ is represented but they are hollow and empty. We can’t celebrate the Earth… Read More »
It’s cold today, not the cold of the peak of winter, but a chill is in the air. It’s overcast. I’m dreaming of a lush early summer garden with blooms. The time is drawing near to plant containers and beds in the Northern Hemisphere and that is why I’m sharing this guide here today with you. Originally I published an article on bloom succession that covers all seasons so people… Read More »
In this article, we give you the dirt on which perennial blooms to plant for continuous blooms throughout mid-spring and late spring. Keep reading for all the details. Mid-Spring Flowers and Later Spring Flowers One of the best things you can do for your health is to dig in the dirt, plant flowers and enjoy the sensory delights flowers and plants bring to us. The colors, the fragrance, textures of… Read More »
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 sometimes greed… Read More »
Building wooden planter boxes is an economical solution to buying a multitude of containers to plant in and can meet your needs specific to the size of your balcony or terrace. Follow these step by step directions to build a wooden raised planter for your balcony or city terrace garden. You can grow veggies or flowers.
In 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 in… Read More »
My 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, harvesting,… Read More »
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 and… Read More »
For 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 »
When 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 »
Editor’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 we… Read More »
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.
Perennial 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 into… Read More »