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Elegant Azaleas

Elegant Azaleas

Delicate blossoms.

ELEGANT AZALEAS

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.

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Blooming forth!

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.

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Night blooming azalea.

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

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is one of the Most Powerful Engines of Success

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.

California Bay Laurel

“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.

Great Actions

peonies may 2015

peonies may 2015

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”
–Theodore Roosevelt.

Peonies from my sister’s garden, photo by Dawn Marie Carlson.

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Chart Your Course

Chart Your Course

IMG_2117Create your goals. Chart your course. Follow your chart. Reach your goals. Celebrate your achievements!

It seems so easy and sometimes it is – just this easy.

Sometimes we run into roadblocks, time and project delays for numerous reasons with and without our help.

Even so..carry on.

Review your chart, stay on course. 049 Rush Creek (3)Remember to build in delays in your time line for the unexpected.

Don’t give up too soon. Don’t get discouraged. Things take time.

You will reach your goals – if – you follow your charted course. Then celebrate your achievements!

“We must sail sometimes with P1000128the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes

Photos by Dawn Marie Carlson – Scottsdale Pond and Mount Burdell, Rush Creek and Mount Burdell, and Bodega Bay Harbor.

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P.S. Taking the time to read to children is an investment in their educational success.

Begin the Hike, Move Forward

Begin the Hike, Move Forward 

IMG_2055You already know what project you want to complete; you spent your valuable time researching and then writing your game plan and choosing the right trail to pursue. Now, begin the hike, move forward.

You know the next steps and begin taking action, building momentum and seeing your big project moving through to completion in smaller, more manageable mini-projects.

Hilltop boulders McGinnis Park
Once you achieve completing your mini-projects one after another, you feel accomplished. Your project work is fundamentally easier because there is momentum tumbling forward.

Soon, you will recognize your project finalized. You reached the mountaintop and as you scan the vista, you feel proud of thyself!

Be kind to thyself. Don’t forget to celebrate your achievements! 

P1010027“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”
–Nora Roberts.

Photos by Dawn Marie Carlson, Dawn to Dusk Enterprises.

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Quotation: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

2014-09-22 074“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
–Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Sweetly fragrant Dianthus blooms radiantly, continuously and boldly regardless of prevailing weather conditions. I add these in garden containers as fillers and they can overtake their corner over time. They come in a number of color combinations and I always choose a six-pack variety of colors to add interest in my containers. They are great as flower garden borders too. Now that you know; you must do. Dianthus grown, nurtured and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson.

Quotation: Benjamin Franklin

IMG_1919“If a man (person) empties his (her) purse into his (her) head, no man (person) can take it away from him (her). An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
–Benjamin Franklin

Photo taken at Indian Valley campus/College of Marin by Dawn Marie Carlson.

My neighbor was the founder of this junior college and I enjoyed seeing the campus grow from an idea to a community golden nugget providing rich educational experiences for so many students and athletes, including me.

We can all make a difference if we put some effort into our thoughts and ideas to bring them to the finish line, something we are all working on.

Quotation: Tommy Lasorda

IMG_1812“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

–Tommy Lasorda

Cheerful violas on the front porch grown, nurtured, enjoyed and photographed by Dawn Marie Carlson.

Quotation: Demosthenes

IMG_2347“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”
–Demosthenes

This is one of the many outdoor rooms in the Meditation Garden at Unity Church with views of a hillside natural habitat teaming with a variety of birds.

I imagined sitting here writing for awhile and perhaps I will return again to do this. It is an ideal place to allow your mind to generate creative thoughts and stories to tumble out like rocks rolling down the hillside with unstoppable momentum.

Quotation: Sir Winston Churchill

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“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
–Sir Winston Churchill

Photo by Dawn Marie Carlson at Scottsdale Pond  after the storm two weeks ago. Ducks look calm on the surface while paddling as fast as they are able underneath; a daily management concept we are continuing to learn and practice.

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