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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

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.

 

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. 

Amused

cyclamen, stock and pansies

cyclamen, stock and pansies

Amused

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

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

 

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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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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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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: Rudolph Steiner

IMG_2789“Man is not a being who stands still, he is a being in the process of becoming. The more he enables himself to become, the more he fulfills his true mission.”
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Romeo took me on a hike recently on Mount Burdell.

 

 

The wildflowers were blooming nonchalantly and the valley views were sublime on this splendid, spring morning. I viewed Mount Diablo across the shimmering bay, the commute congestion on Hwy. 101 and the suburban patterns from the mountain top.

IMG_2819When you climb the mountain, you know – you just know and feel it – you can do anything when you spend effort, energy and sweat to make it happen.

Perhaps you too will wander in the country and see, hear and feel the fresh, spring season; make it your mission – spend the effort, energy and sweat – make it happen!

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Quotation: Charles M. Marcus

IMG_2620“Surround yourself with people who are going to motivate and inspire you.”
–Charles M. Marcus

Recently, my nephew Sean and I planted a Three Sisters GardenIt’s an ancient and brilliant companion farming method developed by Native Americans.

The process: First we enriched the soil with organic amendments and organic IMG_2607fertilizer then dampened the soil. After developing a flat-topped circular mound, we planted corn seeds in a circle on the top of the mound.

Once the seedlings began to grow, we planted pole beans around the corn.

Following their growth, we planted melons (pumpkins or squash) around the sides of the mounds. We watered the seedlings to keep them moist. Now, our garden is sprouting and on its way.

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This companion planting method is steeped in Native American rituals and emphasizes environmental harmony in nature.

The corn (oldest sister) supports the pole beans (nurturing sister), which processes nitrogen into the soil while holding the sisters together, and the melons or squash (youngest sister) provides protection and cover for the roots, weeds, pests, shade and mulch for the other plants.

IMG_2614The Three Sisters Garden is a family unit that enriches, supports and protects one another from the elements and provides an abundant harvest. Perhaps you might try planting a Three Sisters Garden too. It’s easy, you can do it!

 

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.

 

 

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