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The Act of Giving

Fragrant Rosemary

Fragrant Rosemary

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.


Action is the Real Measure of Intelligence

pink geranium gracing the rain barrel

pink geranium gracing the rain barrel

Action is the Real Measure of Intelligence

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
–Napoleon Hill.

Yesterday, I took quick action while the late afternoon light was perfect for photos of my garden flowers. I always document the garden and flowers so I know what is working well or not and to remember their beauty on a dreary winter day. This ordinary pink geranium looks bold and glamorous high on top of the rain barrel with the arched stucco wall as a frame behind it. Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

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cyclamen, stock and pansies

cyclamen, stock and pansies


“Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.”

Photo of Cyclamen, Pansies and Stock flowers nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson. Enjoy the happy, smiling Pansy faces.


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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).


Quotation: Walt Disney

2014-11-12 005“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
–Walt Disney.

I added new perennials in my garden last year including salvias, pincushion flowers, milkweed, lantana and several other varieties in the garden.

After providing them with organic soil amendments, organic fertilizer, rain water and organic seaweed fertilizer, they are blooming and becoming strong plants this spring. When I planted the pincushion plants last year, they were small and spindly, while now they are four times as large with so many blooms and responding better than planned.2014-10-25 094

This new salvia is a nice addition near the new orange tree in unison with mini roses, lantana, calendula and pincushion plants. Yes, it has a colorful, confetti design which was the plan. They take turns being the star of the show with their color and sensational blossoms as the seasons meander along.IMG_2775

In addition to merely returning beautifully each year, these plants also provide essential habitat features for pollinators, birds, butterflies and natural pest control. Bonus feature: they are water wise. A worthwhile investment.



Quotation: Stephen Covey

IMG_0753“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment.”
–Stephen Covey

While driving on a spring day a few years ago, I spotted a hillside filled with wildflowers in full bloom. Lavender vetch, golden poppies, lemon buttercups and blue and grape lupine. It was an artist’s canvas and I was drawn to stop and document the beauty. Take time to notice the beauty in your travels. Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

Quotation: Abraham Lincoln

IMG_2834“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”
–Abraham Lincoln.

The first rose to bloom in my garden is my Mister Lincoln, a deeply fragrant, crimson rose. I picked three blossoms last week and last night, three more were ready for a vase. It’s my oldest and most prolific rose plant, which resides in a wine barrel near the driveway and is flooded in sunshine all afternoon.


The reason this Mister Lincoln rose grows abundantly and happily is the nurturing it receives. I give them: organic rose food, rose soil amendments, organic planting mix, organic seaweed fertilizer, rain water, sunshine, and I tell them how beautiful they are! I don’t neglect them.




Your tips of the day: organic soil amendments and fertilizers produce healthier plants in a gentle, time release formula providing the nutrients needed for the root system, leaves and flowers. The leaves are always green without any holes or spots, the blooms are large and the stems are strong and sturdy. Super healthy!

Quotation: Martin Buxbaum

005“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”
–Martin Buxbaum.

This hydrangea is now budding and ready to bloom like this once again. Dawn Marie Carlson.

Quotation: Napoleon Hill

001“Action is the real measure of intelligence.”
–Napoleon Hill

Take time to enjoy the daisies from our garden – smile, breathe, in any order, then relax for one minute. It works for me!

All photos of Osteospermums nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson.

One of my favorite variations of Osteospermum is White Lightening – white petals on the inside with the backside being yellow. When the breeze blows, they shimmer with white and yellow color that is striking like lightening. There is also a beautiful soft, golden-yellow variety that I have that is graceful in the garden called Yellow Symphony.


Next to the fountain in the front garden, I have an old Marguerite Daisy which grows boldly and sends good cheer to the neighbors as they pass by.

This weekend, I transplanted three plants: two with white petals with purple on the backside and a solid purple in between the two white ones below the bird bath. It’s make a nice complimentary color element at the foot of the bird bath and always looks fresh with color and vitality and only needs pruning periodically, ideal landscape plants. The coloring adds a lot of energy to the garden and looks clean and neat at the same time.

Spring Garden April 2009 020Here is another variety of white Osteospermum with a golden center that is very regal. In the front garden, I have a soft autumn rose version blooming now and they splay across the garden with other flowers growing through them which looks nice.IMG_2680

Another version in my garden on the side yard is a soft orange which is nicely complimenting the opposite color, purple daisies nearby. 042  006
This yellow with white inside is a unique version that you don’t find very often. Last summer, I found a bold yellow with a purple center but they didn’t last. IMG_0401



I love these golden flowers with the dark center in this container. Once the plants overstay their welcome in containers, I transplant them in the ground where they can expand and really make a bold statement with their color and texture in the garden. Room to grow!

Quotation: William Arthur Ward

????????????????????????????????“Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination.”
–William Arthur Ward

Ahh…fragrant daffodils to perfume the room. Enjoy! Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

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