Take a stroll through the garden with me as I share insights, tips and “I wish I had known better” thoughts. As a designer, container gardener and plantaholic I have learned by simply getting my hands dirty that thumbs really can go from brown to green. Join me on a fun adventure.
I love to meet new people. Everyone we meet offers us the opportunity to share and receive a little nugget of wisdom, a simple kindness, a thoughtful word.
I’d like to introduce you to two friends I have met in different ways and who regularly make my day a little brighter with their thought provoking words and skillful photography. As you savor their eloquent, descriptive narrative you will breathe a little deeper, your shoulders will relax and like a square of silky smooth chocolate you will want to savor each post slowly, allowing it to nourish your soul.
Photo credit; Michelle Potter
Michelle Potter reflects on the beauty and wisdom of Nature in her blog ‘Sage Butterfly’. Her recent post ‘Stillness’ talks about a gardener’s winter hibernation after three seasons of activity. In days gone by, like many of us who live in colder climates, Michelle found herself on the brink of depression each winter as short grey days merged into long dark nights with little to break the monotony. The earth seemed stripped bare of color and life and once the holidays were over, there was nothing to look forward to until bright yellow daffodils brought the promise of a new season. Yet Michelle has decided that ‘stillness’ will be one of her guiding words and principles to live by in 2012. “I have eventually found the magic in settling in stillness”. Have you?
Photo credit; David Perry
I first met David Perry in Dallas – which is pretty amusing since we both live in Seattle. It was a screamingly hot day in 2010 and we were sitting together at a veritable feast hosted by the Dallas Arboretum as part of the Garden Writer’s Association symposium. Looking back I am nothing short of mortified that I casually asked what he did, later discovering that he is a renowned photographer with an impressive list of world class publications to his name. Rather like asking Prince William if he was single…. Yet that introduction gave me a glimpse into David’s humility as he told me a little bit about his work – never once bragging or giving any indication as to who he ‘really’ was. Instead of laughing at my modest Canon G10 camera (let’s face it most photographers lug around asuitcase of lenses, spare cameras, memory cards and an unwieldy tripod or two) he began to tell me how to make the most of it, even reassuring me that it was one of the best cameras of its type on the market at that time. Since then David has generously shared his knowledge and ideas with me via email and in a local workshop yet perhaps his greatest gift has been his blog ‘A photographer’s garden blog’. Every post is a poem. Every picture a story. No more words on my part could possibly do it – or its author justice. You’ll have to read it yourself.
Take time to just ‘be’. Share a moment with others.