Author Posts: mhamlin

Gardening Is Therapy

We live in a fast-paced world full of impatience, anxiety, stress, frustration and self-indulgence, where pills for nervous stress, depression and high blood pressure are common. If we start teaching our children the pleasures of gardening as soon as they can walk, maybe their lives will be less stressful. If you enjoy gardening, try to … […]

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Holiday Gifts

Has shopping for your gardener friends got you stumped? We all think about the usual gardening gloves, small tools, a gardening stool, kneeling pads, etc., but here are some other ideas. Gardening books make great choices, especially when you know a friend’s area of special interest, like roses, orchids, or herbs. If in doubt about … […]

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Healing Garden

You may ask a dozen people why they have a garden, and you may receive twelve different answers. When you ask someone what a healing garden is, he/she will probably mention herbs and their medicinal qualities. Today I would like to share my experiences as I traveled down the pathways of a healing garden. After … […]

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ID Wildflowers

Signs of spring begin appearing in late winter. A trio of wildflowers – Spring Beauty, Bluets and Violets – scatter color across lawns, along roadsides, in fields and woodlands. Spring Beauty, Claytoria virginica, is a tiny flower, growing in colonies, that paint a wash of white against a predominately brown landscape. Closer inspection reveals a … […]

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Enjoy Your Garden

What we take from our garden is so much more than just flowers and plants. It is there that we learn patience, a great respect for nature, and a love for every season. We need to allow ourselves the feelings of peace, calmness, and accomplishment that we gain from gardening. Give yourself a certain amount … […]

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Exercise and Gardening

If you’ve started spring gardening, you know inactive muscles can get stiff and sore from straining too quickly. Here are some stretching exercises to help. Warm up by walking briskly around the yard for five minutes. And always stretch slowly, with control, holding each stretch 10-30 seconds. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, raise right arm … […]

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A Mail Order Yard

Now that you’ve recovered from the holiday buying frenzy, dare I mention the S word? Yes, I believe you’re strong enough. This is the easy type of SHOPPING. Shopping for yourself by mail order! So sit back in your favorite chair. Get a clear mental picture of what your beautiful spring yard and summer garden … […]

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A “To Plant” Notebook

Use your digital camera to record plants, landscape, garden decor, layouts, and other features you see and might want to incorporate someday. Take it with you when visiting nurseries, arboretums, garden yard tours, museums, and anywhere you might find things of interest. Keep them on a separate memory card and place in an envelope when … […]

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Senior Gardening

It’s never too late to become a gardener! I’m a senior citizen, and last spring I planted more flowers than I’d ever planted in my life. I knew absolutely nothing. I just went to the nursery and started choosing flowers I like, then went home, read the labels, and decided where to plant them. All … […]

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Gifts for Gardeners

Almost everyone has a gardener or home owner with a yard on their holiday gift list. Gifts for the gardener are abundant, many inexpensive, and the selection and presentation can be great fun for the creative gift giver. Books are always a great gift and can be enjoyed by anyone. Neil Sperry’s “Complete Guide To … […]

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