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A Garden is a Grand Teacher

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A Garden is a
Grand Teacher

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”  

–Gertrude Jekyll.

“Gertrude Jekyll, a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer. 1843-1932. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and wrote over 1,000 articles[1] for magazines and William Robinson‘s The Garden.[2]Jekyll has been described as “a premier influence in garden design” by English and American gardening enthusiasts.” -from Wikipedia. Original post December 15, 2013. Revised and updated November 11, 2015.

Photo of impatiens blooming and thriving in my garden providing happiness and joy. Grown, nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson.


(Photo: by Dawn Marie Carlson. Summer impatiens bloom in all their glory gracing the deck with color.) Post updated 11-11-2015.

A Garden and a Library

cyclamen, stock and pansies

cyclamen, stock and pansies

A Garden and a Library

“If  you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

–Both quotations by Marcus  Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher (107BC -47BC).

Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen023

 

I am a book lover, an author, a writer, a reader, and a gardener. On my website, I have a book store to share my favorite titles with you and I always share my garden photos with my Dawn to Dusk Blog posts.

I am the result of a genetic line of readers including my Mom, Gramma Hattie, Aunt Judy, and Aunt Pat. We consume books and we have different genres we prefer.

Fuzzy and Romeo Adventures - The Mysterious IntruderI write the type of children’s books I enjoyed as a young reader–filled with adventure, mystery, and nature.

When I was young, my Mom took us on library adventures where we would all browse the shelves and choose our books for the week. I don’t know how Mom managed five children in tow and all of our books–she was organized.

Marin Co. Employee Art Show 2006 014Mom or Dad read to us regularly throughout the day and at bedtime with old favorite stories and new ones. We had to see the pictures before they turned the pages as we asked endless questions until we slept.

At school, we had ‘real librarians’ who taught us how to care for books (Mom did too) and they explained the library genre sections. They helped us locate the books we needed for school reports and books for entertainment. The ‘real librarians’ often read to the students to inspire reading; it worked!

Now, I enjoy books on gardening, photography, nature, prose, writing, fiction, biographies, memoirs, adventures, poetry, marketing, business, management, leadership, inspiration, and reference books. Well…there’s more.

Share Your Talent

Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.

My library isn’t confined to one location, instead, it sprawls out into every room where I live and you will spot a pod of books there to entertain me as needed. For me, it’s like having a favorite blanket in every room; it warms my soul and my mind.

My brother, Dean says I have too many books. Because he isn’t a reader, he doesn’t understand why books are so important and why I need a library. Hey, Mom has one too although she has given away most of it over the years. Most of my books in my library are newer so I am still using them regularly.

A Library and a Garden

Impatiens

Being an avid gardener, I fill my soul with garden dreams of plants, flowers, trees, annuals, perennials, fruits, and vegetables. Where will I plant these, when, and how will the design unfold? I merely browse my gorgeous gardening library for inspiration, great ideas, and plant advice.

Photos and garden by Dawn Marie Carlson. The schoolhouse above is an oil painting on glass, which I painted for Gramma Hattie because she taught school when she was younger in a schoolhouse similar to this.

A Garden and a Library

Sage (Salvia) surrounds the fountain.

My garden is the fabric of my soul, similar to my library. I am complete having both a library and garden and I feel rich and blessed.

If One Advances Confidently in the Direction of His Dreams

If One Advances Confidently in the
Direction of His Dreams

If One Advances Confidently in the Direction of His Dreams

Stafford Lake

“I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagines, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

–Henry David Thoreau.
(1817-1862. Author of “Walden” and “Walking.”  Thoreau’s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. -Wikipedia.)

If One Advances in the Direction of His Dreams

Sean at Stafford Lake

“Walden” is one of my most favorite books; I love his poetic prose of his life in the woods and his philosophic wisdom. He was a naturalist and environmentalist before it was fashionable.

Photo at Stafford Lake on a summer afternoon when I took my nephew, Sean fishing. We caught a beautiful sunny day with great views! No fish. A perfect fishing day for me. Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

A Chance to Work Hard

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Redwood Forest, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

A Chance to
Work Hard

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

From Wikipedia: “Theodore Roosevelt. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909.

Redwood Tree, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Redwood Tree, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

He integrated his exuberant personality, vast range of interests, and world-famous achievements into a “cowboy” persona. Home-schooled, he became a lifelong naturalist before attending Harvard College. His first of many books, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), established his reputation as both a learned historian and a popular writer.

Paper Mill Creek, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Paper Mill Creek, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Making conservation a top priority [during his Presidency], he established myriad new national parks, forests, and monuments in order to preserve the nation’s natural resources.

Roosevelt established the United States Forest Service, signed into law the creation of five National Parks, and signed the 1906 Antiquities Act, under which he proclaimed 18 new U.S. National Monuments. He also established the first 51 Bird Reserves, four Game Preserves, and 150 National Forests, including Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first. The area of the United States that he placed under public protection totals approximately 230,000,000 acres.”

The fragrant forest, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

The fragrant forest, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

A fragrant redwood forest, Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a popular destination for camping, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and picnicking. The old railroad track is a walking path today parallel to Paper Mill Creek on this site of a former paper mill where they harvested and processed redwood trees.

Picnic area, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Picnic area, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

I know Theodore Roosevelt would have enjoyed hiking up the ridges or riding a horse through the forest as many people enjoy doing today.

I took my grandmother here several times for picnics and she and I were both in awe of the mighty redwood trees (‘Gramma Hattie’ Mary Klimesh Hogan, 1900-1995). I have a favorite photo of her sitting in a chair admiring the redwood forest surrounding her. While she was a young girl, Theodore Roosevelt was President.

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Railroad track path, Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson taken during a nature walk with my Mom, cousins Jackie, and her son Nicholas. Post updated and revised November 13, 2015. Originally published November 11, 2013.

Climb the Mountains

Climb the Mountains

Climb the Mountains

California Bay Laurel woodland.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

— John Muir, Environmentalist, Author (1838-1914)

Photo: Indian Valley, CA – California Bay Laurel and Oak woodlands by Dawn Marie Carlson. 

Tending to my Garden

Tending to my Garden

OIMG_2983n Sunday afternoon (May 3, 2015) I tended to my garden for a couple of hours.

My original plan was to work in the garden for most of the day as I have several projects in my garden queue, including transplanting fresh new plants that want a new home, which is a high priority.

Instead, I carved out only a couple hours at the end of the day tending to my garden. Whenever I do this, I chastise myself for not starting earlier when I begin to see how many garden tasks I have on my list as I look around.

I reminded myself that in Jack Canfield‘s book The Success Principles, he says to Chunk It Down’ (Principle #8) into more manageable pieces. If you focus on smaller tasks and provide energy and determination, you will complete them and cross them off your list as done!

I needed to focus on and tend to the side IMG_2589garden, which includes the rose garden, vegetable garden, fruit trees and grapes.

I watered the four grape vines and the fruit trees (peach, cherry, plum and apple) and they are growing well after my nephew, Sean amended the soil two weeks ago. It’s time to add organic fruit and vine fertilizer to them so I will add this task to complete this week.

IMG_2980The roses need their special organic rose fertilizer
this week. The plants have a healthy crop of fresh leaves and most of them are now producing fragrant blossoms such as this lovely pink/peach rose.

This particular rose was over three feet tall alone and I had to cut it down for the vase. The leaves are healthy and the petals too, thanks to healthy soil, organic fertilizer and rain water.

My new companion garden is sprouting, known as the Three Sisters Garden. Sean helped me plant this garden.

If you can, enlist the help of children of any age and teach them how to garden. They too can learn the magic of seeing something they planted bloom and grow and love nature in return.

The corn, beans and watermelon seedlings IMG_2624are sprouting and growing quickly.
The circle of corn is surrounded by the circle of pole beans, which is surrounded by the circle of watermelons. The corn will support the beans and the watermelon leaves will protect the roots and shade them while maintaining moisture in the soil. The beans process nitrogen into the soil maintaining the health of all three.

002I have one cherry tomato plant next to two heirloom tomatoes one of which is yellow. They are all new varieties as suggested at the nursery to try new varieties each year.

The Three Sisters Garden and the tomatoes received some tender loving care, rain water, organic tomato and vegetable fertilizer and IMG_1863new tomato supports in anticipation of an enormous crop! We added plenty of soil amendments to this small garden so they have the right ingredients for a large harvest.

Another project  performed yesterday: pruning the plants in the backyard. This is ongoing but I saved this for one great pruning.

Normally, I prune the plants weekly as I see things but I didn’t have my pruning shears nearby – but now I do, handy, where I can use them more often. Then I will use them more often and my plants always look like someone cares for them. The way I like them to look.

This morning when I opened the deck door to let Romeo outside, the plants IMG_1861looked trimmed and tended and I was extremely pleased to see how much neater the plants look.

There are several great things about tending to your garden –  you can revel in your effort, sweat and enjoy the final results. You feel a sense of satisfaction. Nice work!

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of IMG_2581getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

–Mark Twain (American Author and Humorist).

 

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