Monday, December 8, 2014

Why a garden?

Gardens are the essence of self-expression.  For every gardener there is a different style for their garden.  Some like it formal.  Some like it informal.  Some like it wild.  Some like art.  Some like texture. Some like color.  Gardens are as unique as you and I. 

A garden allows us to create.  It allows us to learn life lessons like responsibility and timeliness when we forget to water or care for a plant.  It teaches us to nurture ourselves and our world.  It teaches us about change.  Nothing is stagnant in a garden as the seasons change.  It teaches us to believe in things we thought were impossible when something finally blooms or germinates.  It teaches us to grow new things and expand our horizons as we add a new introduction into the garden.  It builds confidence in ourselves because we keep getting the chance to try again. 

Gardens are not just for solitude, but for sharing.  Gardens are also best at giving us time away from the hectic world.  Gardens are healing.  Gardens ground us.  Now is the time to meander through the garden and take a look at structure to decide if we wish to change anything.  Even when gardens offer us nothing but the bare structure, they are healing and we are still interactive with them in our stillness and observation. 

The garden below happens to be a famous public garden and one shared by many, Denver Botanic Garden.  The picture below was taken during the glass art exhibit of Chihuly.  During this winter visit other gardens and get ideas.  Gardens have an ever changing beauty throughout the year.

Picture by Linda Langelo


   

Poinsettia

What is Christmas without a poinsettia?  This is a wonderful, easy care winter plant.

A few quick tips when shopping for a poinsettia as follows:

  • When selecting a poinsettia be sure the leaves are dark green and the bracts are in portion with the plant size. 
  • Make sure the plant is not wilted when you purchase the plant.
  • Wrap the plant well when taking it home from the store.  Short periods of cold temperatures can damage the bracts and leaves.
A few quick tips once the plant is home as follows:

  • Water only after the soil is dry
  • Water thoroughly and let the water drain out and dump any excess water from the pot
  • Keep the daytime temperature at 60 to 70
  • Keep the nighttime temperature at 55 to 60
  • Keep the plant away from warm or cold drafts