What 6 Degrees Did to Malone’s

Cuttings resized

I’m finding it difficult to do another cheery post about my area of expertise—succulents—after reading this a moment ago on Facebook, posted by a friend who owns a nursery in North Carolina: “With great sadness I have to let my friends know that last night put a real hurting on my succulent collection. With all 3 heaters running it was still not able to hold 32 or more. Lot of frozen plants. Six degrees was a little more than we could handle…I pray for all who had ordeals with the Arctic freeze.” Continue Reading →

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Why You Garden

Sometimes we need others to remind us that much of what we desire is, in fact, possible; all we need to do is dig down into our courage, embrace the unknown, and invite our creative minds out to play. It is then that we can access our infinite possibility and grow into the fullest expression of who we may yet be. Fran Sorin

Why You Garden

Sorin Cutting Garden

Your garden mirrors your soul. When your creativity is unfettered, you’re in full bloom.

In a state of silent exhilaration. Savoring each moment.

Abraham Maslow coined the phrase ’peak experience’.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls it ’flow’.

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I Have Faith

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks - Angel detail

Angel detail from The Virgin of the Rocks – Leonardo da Vinci

To be a gardener, you must have faith.  You must believe you can coax life to bend to your will.  You are a god.

This is a spiritual time of year, and a time to renew faith in God.  Whether a personal god, the pagan gods, or a god of doctrine and formal beliefs, true belief is a comfort.  A comfort that there are bigger things than us, that we exist in a larger spirit.  Life will always go on.  Perhaps without humans one day, but life is good, it will go on. Continue Reading →

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How to Make a Succulent Wreath

 

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To make a succulent wreath, you’ll need about 100 cuttings, a wire wreath form, 24-gauge florist’s wire, a chopstick or ballpoint pen for poking holes, and a bag of sphagnum moss. The form, moss and wire are available at any crafts store. You don’t need soil; the cuttings will root right into the moss. Wreaths above are by Chicweed (upper left), Linda Estrin (lower left), Bonnie Manion (center), Succulent Gardens (upper right), Linda Estrin (middle right) and Roger’s Gardens (lower right). Continue Reading →

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25 Top Holiday Nature Gifts For Kids

With each new piece of research that documents how our childrens’ wellness – physical, emotional, and spiritual, is in sharp decline,  you – as a parent – experience a pang of fear.

 Our kids’ addiction to technology and lack of connection to nature is the major cause of why we have such a preponderance of obesity, depression, ADD, anxiety, and a declining happiness among our youth.

You want to help your kids’ become healthier but feel overwhelmed. Don’t we all?

One easy way to put your ‘toe into the water’  is by buying holiday gifts that will help your kids interact and become more sensitized to nature.

There’s such a plethora of imaginative and classic nature gifts for kids that you’d be hard pressed not to find at least a few for every child in your life.

Here is my list for 2013 of the

25 Top Holiday Nature Gifts For Kids

1. Build A Tree House. I can’t imagine a child -or adult- who wouldn’t be thrilled with this gift. Either bring a design for the tree house or sit with your child and start from scratch. And this spring, set aside weekends to build. What a great opportunity to be in nature and working and creating together.

For incentive on how to build a tree house on a limited budget, check out this article on Huffington Post where a family built one for under $300, and an article from Popular Mechanics.

kid's treenhouse in nature

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