Category: Motivation (Page 1 of 7)
“There are no menial jobs,
only menial attitudes.”
–William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues
CULTIVATE and PRODUCE YOUR PROJECT
Cultivate and produce your project, roll up your sleeves, don your garden gloves and hat, gather your tools. It’s time to cultivate and produce your project.
Moving your project forward builds momentum with resulting progress, incrementally, like boulders in an avalanche thundering downhill. Your project is sprouting and thriving and you are proud viewing your effort. As you continue to tend to your established project, you watch it expand with a strong root system and foundation to support the next level of growth—fruition.
Success! It’s harvest season. Your project matured into a fully-grown dream with achievement. Flourish in the glow of your cultivated actualization. Don’t glow too long, there are additional seed projects waiting for their garden to thrive and actualize.
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” –William Arthur Ward (1921-1994); Author, Educator, and Motivational Speaker.
Mini rose in my garden with thoughtful cherub observing. Nurtured, grown and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson.
Elegant azaleas can add a stunning impact in your garden. This azalea is gorgeous with prolific blooms from the bottom of the plant to the end of every branch. The color is a blush of faint pink with darker markings on the petal edges.
I bought this last spring and transplanted it this winter into a larger container where it busted out in a plethora of new growth filled with blossoms for the spring fashion show, the only thing missing is fragrance. The good news: azaleas can bloom for several weeks.
Two years ago, I planted a Red Bird Azalea that expanded and I had to transplant it after it doubled in size in one year. Some varieties are smaller and more compact and it is good to choose the correct size for your garden area (photos from the first year, last spring).
When I was young, we lived in Chamblee, Georgia near Atlanta. At our new house, my Dad planted several azaleas in the front yard and they looked grand with their cranberry blossoms each spring. The azaleas grew well under the pine and dogwood trees in the right environment, in the shade with acidic soil.
This spring, I added eight new azaleas for containers throughout my front and backyard. Azaleas prefer shade or tree cover with acidic soil either in the ground or containers. I have them in containers on the side of the house, on the front porch, on the deck, and on the patio. As long as they have some shade, they develop profusely.
Azaleas are either evergreen or deciduous plants; my plants are evergreen, providing green serenity in between numerous flowering plants in my garden.
During planting, I add soil amendments prepared specifically for azaleas, organic acidic azalea food, seaweed organic fertilizer, rainwater. These organic planting methods ensure healthy soil, healthy leaves and roots, prolific blooms, and sturdy growth.
Prune the plants soon after they bloom to avoid reducing next year’s buds. You can prune some of the branches every other year to ensure buds for the next spring. Mulch your plants two to three inches deep with pine straw, leaves or bark.
By providing azaleas with their favorite environment, your plants can produce abundant blossoms and healthy foliage for you to enjoy in your garden setting throughout the year. As a shrub, azaleas provide formal foliage throughout the year or you can prune them in a more casual, branching style.
Last night, I transplanted this azalea into a larger container with additional room for next year’s growth.
Perhaps I can help you with your garden design or container gardening to make an impact at your entranceway, porch, or deck. For your commercial business or residential property, I will prepare a plan for your microclimate to make your entrance more inviting with a sense of place and beauty. Please visit my website page for more information: Dawn to Dusk Garden Design Services. Contact me today and let’s get started. How can I help you? Let’s plant some elegant azaleas; they can make a stunning impact in your garden.
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
–Thomas Alva Edison
MEET WITH SUCESS
Meet with success. If you dream creatively, plan your outline to achieve your goals, you most certainly will meet with success. It’s destiny knocking at your door loudly. Open it, expand your horizons, smile, it’s for you!
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”
–Henry David Thoreau, Author, Essayist
Flowers in my sister’s garden by Dawn Marie Carlson.
MOVE THE WORLD
Move the world. “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”
Enjoy this fragrant Mister Lincoln rose; the first crop this season. Roses nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson @DawnToDuskPhotos.
The Act of Giving
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” –Robert Collier.
This spring, I am transplanting most of the new perennials I planted last spring and summer. A daunting task.
The nurtured plants grew to their next stage – success! I need to transplant this Trailing Rosemary plant already after it outgrew this container after one year.
The Rosemary leaves release a sweet fragrance when brushed, then I use the dried leaves and make sachets. I will add dried Lavender leaves for another sachet, and share them as special gifts for my family and friends.
I nurtured and grew the Rosemary and Lavender plants over time and now I am giving them away as special sachet gifts. Success, the act of giving.
Enthusiasm is one of the Most Powerful Engines of Success
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essayist and Poet)
Photo: California Bay Laurel tree in Miwok Park by Dawn Marie Carlson.
Leadership by Peter Drucker
“Leadership is not a magnetic personality that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’—that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”
–Peter F. Drucker (Author)
(Photo: Bodega Bay Dunes, CA by Dawn Marie Carlson, Dawn to Dusk Photos. Post revised and updated October 27, 2015. Originally published August 11, 2013.)