Probing Beauty

Garden photographers look to capture beauty with a camera.  Poets use words.

Hazel White leads a poetry walk, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts

Hazel White leads a poetry walk, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts

My friend, the poet and occasional garden writer, Hazel White recently led a hike as part of her artist in residence program at the Headlands Center for the Arts where she seeks to “create a series of site-responsive sonnets, each of which is 14 forays, or lines, of thought on the liaisons between landscape and language”.

This is artists’ speak for probing beauty of place, which is what she asked us to consider as she led a hike into the marshes near the Center.  In consideration of beauty, do we find it ?, or does beauty find us ?  Hazel gave us each a simple four foot garden stake as a physical probe to extend our own physical space into nature around us, as we went exploring for beauty.  What would we find ? Continue Reading →

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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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