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MANCHESTER, CT 06040
“May your every day be the new day and each new
day be a successful one.” Nourooz greeting
AHHH....March, a prolonged time of anticipation-awaiting the coming of spring. Indeed, believe it or not, the first day of Spring is March 20th this year, unless you are in the Mountain or Central time zones .
We have been very busy at the farm planting our Spring baskets. We have some wonderful, exciting new offerings this year. Even the seasoned gardener will be amazed at the new colors and varieties available. We begin our 2008 Spring season on March 19th, offering Pansies and some perennials, seeds, cold crops and hardy herbs. We will be open 7 days a week (from now until Halloween, including Easter Sunday for those last minute gifts).
Have you noticed how everyone seems to be rushing around lately? Our world is changing so quickly. It is easy to become so busy worrying about the future that we forget to live in the present. It seems that everything is moving so fast that it becomes hard to remember our dreams, let alone to live them. But the wonderful thing about dreams is that they fill us with hope, passion and enthusiasm.
I have been spending the past few months dreaming how I want my gardens to look this year. I have gravitated from the Striking and bold warm colors of reds, orange and purples-mixed in a riot of colors, to the calm and soothing cool shades of blues, greens and violets. In the landscape of my mind I have designed a foliage only scheme, using different shades and textures to add interest and harmony or contrast. My options are limitless.
There is no right or wrong color in a garden. Whatever I choose, I know that I will need to use color schemes in large masses of color, rather than single plants in order to achieve the effective result. If I remember to use a color wheel my decision will be made easier.
How many of us wish we had more time? I never feel there is enough time to do all the things I dream about. I want a color filled yard but I don't want to spend every spare moment planting and digging. I want to sit on my back porch, in a lawn chair with a refreshing drink, and listen to the sweet sounds of summer. Hearing the neighbors children laughing while they play or the birds singing and the katydids buzzing brings back my own childhood memories freeing me, for a moment, of any worries. This gives me much needed time to give myself over to more dreams. But, whenever I look out my windows I see a little nook that needs some attention. For these areas I have decided to use container gardens.
Container gardens make a vibrant splash in a patio corner, against a bare wall, on either side of your front (or back) steps, and many other spots that seem to be missing a little something. If you like hanging baskets you can hang them under a tree, or on a Sheppard's hook in the open yard or near a window you frequently sit next to. Birds and butterflies love flowers, so a container is an easy way to draw them nearer to you for a closer look.
Yes, Spring what a season! As in nature, there are many different levels to our gardening experience, and so it is the same with the layers of life. Let nothing hold you back from exploring your wildest fantasies, wishes and aspirations. Dare to dream. Like the spring, allow yourself to explode with possibilities.
Every day I am inspired by our customers dreams and desires. Mathew Kelly said : "Do not let your life be like a shooting star, which lights up the sky for just a brief moment. Let your life be like the sun, which always burns brightly in the heavens, bringing light and warmth to all those on earth. Let your light shine!" Your dreams renew my spirit and give me energy. I can't wait to see you again this year at the farm.
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." Albert Einstein ...What is your genius?
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