Gardening is something that just about anyone can do. Children to older folks can participate and there is no right or wrong way to do it, just easier and harder. It gives us something in common with people we meet. It connects us with those that made us aware of the pleasure it can bring. It is something we may learn from our parents or grandparents, maybe a neighbor or friend, possibly a mother in law or maybe a person at the garden center we visit. Or maybe we just learn as we go, but any way you look at it, nature calls for whatever the reason and we answer with our hard work, determination and most of all our patience.
What is it that draws us in and obsesses many? Is it the lure of the flowers, their beauty, their fragrance? Is it purely the personal enjoyment~a hobby? Is it getting our hands dirty or feeling the soil as we work?
Do we actually like to sweat while standing out side with the gnats swarming us? Maybe we like muscle pains and back aches? Or is it the feeling of accomplishment when you stand back after a long day of swatting bugs and getting sunburned to take in the bounty of your hard work?
Having a purpose for being outdoors breathing the fresh air, growing flowers that fill our yards and vases for sheer pleasure or being one with the earth while taking in mother nature’s gifts could some it up for many. Some garden to get food, pure and simple. Others may like the challenge of putting order and beauty where it hadn’t existed, making something out of nothing. Perhaps it is to see the amazing beauty and colors that Mother Nature can produce at our own hand, making us part of the grand scheme of life in tangible ways.
Perhaps we garden for all of the above in some shape or form but mostly I like to think that people garden because it simply makes them happy~ for whatever the reason.
So as each of us gardeners long for springtime to arrive, and we wait for sunny, warm days that don’t last long enough to do everything we hope to in the garden that day, we can ponder why do we do it.
“We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.”~ unknown
I am planting bulbs to prepare for the flower fix I will need by January. So to enjoy some springtime in the winter, forcing bulbs can be a lot of fun. It is even a great project for kids because it is so simple to do. Pick out some paper white narcissus, they are the easiest because they require no cold period to simulate winter.
Just get a pot that is at least three to four inches deep, fill it with dirt or glass marbles or gems. You can plant a few spaced throughout the pot or next to each other if you have enough. The more bulbs the fuller your flowers will look. To use the gems, just set the bulbs down far enough into the stones to support them leaving a few inches below for roots. Next fill the pot with water just to the bottom of the bulbs. A glass container that is clear is a great one to use for this since you can see the bulb, roots and flowers. Try to have the water barely touch the bottom of the bulb to prevent rotting. As soon as roots develop you can keep the water below the bulb.
Another way to plant the bulbs is to place the bulbs in potting soil that covers them just to the top so the pointy end of the bulb is sticking out a bit. Either way you plant them, put them in sunshine in a cool room and wait until they are growing.
When they start to grow a few inches, then you should move them to a bright location out of direct sunlight. That way they don’t get too tall and fall over. Stake them if need be and step back and enjoy the show. If they are a bit floppy you can tie a ribbon around them to keep them standing together. This is a nice touch if it’s a Christmas gift. It usually takes anywhere from three to five weeks for flowers.
The future is always beginning now. ~Mark Strand
These two fellas were watching so intently as I took their picture. You would have thought they were statues.
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears. ~Arabian Proverb
This picture highlights autumn when leaves make their dramatic change with spectacular color before they die~ so this is my entry for “End of the Line” Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This Photo Contest.
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce
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Since I have virtually nothing to show from my outdoor garden, it’s back to the indoor plants to see what’s shaking. I brought my mandevilla in from the cold and it is doing great! In fact, these are all plants that I had outside for the summertime.
This guy was in my son’s room, needless to say it went by the wayside, neglected and looking for love. I took it outside in early August and cut off every brown tattered leaf on it. It was pretty much a stub of a plant. Within a few weeks it started all these beautiful shiny leaves and was thriving once again.
This spider plant lived all summer out on my front porch, I took it in a few weeks ago and it seems much happier inside than it was outside.
Last but not least is my hibiscus that made me so thrilled when it bloomed all summer long planted in my garden. I put it in a pot, brought it inside when the weather got cold and it immediately turned brown and dropped every leaf. I was sure it was doomed. I cut off every branch and now it has sprouted all new leaves as you can see.
Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul. ~Linda Solegato
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My Vintage Thingie is something I bought at a flea market probably 20 years ago. At the time, I fell in love with it because it was so unique and different from anything I had ever seen as far as pottery.
I paid somewhere around $25 dollars for it and that was a splurge for something so unusual and weird, but I had to have it. Except for some chipping glaze, it was in great condition then but now it shows the ravages of time (or in other words the ravages of hanging around me~ I dropped a ceramic snowman on it one Christmas time and cracked the base.) I felt so bad. It adds character or so I tell myself.
It stands about a foot tall and is about a foot wide. The bird is some sort of water fowl. One of my friends once told me what kind of bird it was but I can’t remember the name. I can’t find anything like it in the bird field guides, so if anyone knows I would love the info.
This piece is signed, W. Sewell with the word Zena underneath the name. There is a carving of a womans face and a glaze insignia of what looks like a tree on the bottom of it. I have no idea when it was made or where it was made. I only know I think it is very cool!
So there is my Thingie for this Thursday. Visit Colorado Lady to see other interesting Vintage Thingies.
Have a great day!
A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect. ~Adabella Radici