It’s Liberation Time!

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Undoubtedly, we were given springtime and the outdoors as natural healing balms. Experiencing these remedies for the spirit long ago, I find time spent in nature is even more crucial for soothing the tribulations of today. As a gardener and a neo-Luddite, you won’t catch me wasting hours away on a Smartphone or indoors. Besides the glorious colors and life of Spring, it’s kick-off time for working and creating outside.

What Mother Nature is Helping Me to Create this Year…
From morning til night I’ve focused on researching, purchasing and planting salt tolerant and deer resistant plants to create a three-season blooming mailbox garden…adding more bulbs for a Daffodil Hill (from a greeting card photo that’s mesmerized me for years)…cultivating some herbs and veggies…and creating a Make Me Smile Garden of sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, and cosmos. (I’ve waited nearly a year to recreate this garden after seeing another blogger’s photo of the one at NCMA in Raleigh.)

Various empty packages of flower bulbs and seeds
Bulbs and seed packets for a vibrant mood and color in the garden this year

Pain and Gain
The heavenly smell of lilacs along with finding a place for additional ornamental trees to complement the existing Dogwoods, Cherry and Redbud, sweeten my chores. Clean-up, weeding, mulching and planting are achy work that gets more achy with age but using Arnica Montana before and after lessens my pain. (Melatonin and a good foot rub always help me sleep better afterward too.)

Turning attention to creative endeavors distracts from painful current events. When the day is done and I step back to look at the surroundings — even if it’s freshly cut grass — I am overwhelmed with gratitude by nature’s captivating beauty. No doubt about it, gardening is a salvation. A little love and sunshine go along way for plants and people.

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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