There’s nothing more magical than a fresh coating of snow on the trees on a crisp winter morning. It turns the world into an enchanted forest. It shows the sharp contrasts of black on white. It defines the intricate shapes and structures of nature.
Each year, I leave certain perennial plants in place to add winter interest to otherwise barren looking gardens. Doing this creates vertical structures to capture the snow and ice.
This Nepeta (Cat Mint) becomes a textured mound.
These Monarda (Bee-Balm) looks like snow pom-pons.
While this Sedum becomes a snow bouquet.
These sunflowers resemble street lanterns,
and this grass shows its delicate fringe.
We can find some beauty in all seasons, if we just take the time to look.
“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus
Awakening light in others is by far the greatest gift we can share. To see someone think of something in an entirely new way, or for the first time, believe that they can do something that they thought was impossible, is my highest purpose in sharing my perspectives on gardening, artistry, and life. I want to take you on a journey through insight, experience, and passion.
These past ten years, I have made this passion my business. I have met some of the most wonderful people and have made many new friends for life. This vocation of spreading ‘the good news of the garden’ has at times been joyful, and at other times painfully revealed the true nature of people that I thought I could trust. I have had the privilege of taking care of peoples’ gardens and to have earned their trust in being in their private and personal spaces; making a difference, making things more beautiful, bringing order to chaos.
As time has passed, I realized that I was only reaching a very finite number of people through my business. With the economic downturn over the past few years, I knew that this wasn’t going to change anytime soon. I also began to think of ways to reach more people, ways to inspire in them the confidence to get outside and enjoy their gardens, enjoy nature, enjoy each other. I want to teach gardening, in my own way; a common sense, down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach involving all of the senses, emotions, and wonder of nature.
Many of us have been in a valley with the recession. Perhaps its time to help one another back to the light, giving a hand up, finding our invincible summer together.