A green Christmas and holiday wishes.

At long last, the inclination to post again! It has been a tumultuous year, it seems.  Finishing up projects at home, travel, helping our sons, and all that everyday life entails..... 

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The above photo was taken Christmas Eve morning....the sun shining into the garden room, lighting up the Father Christmas figure, and turning the dull browns and greens of a December garden, into an beautiful emerald green.   A far cry from past Christmases in Canada!  

I wish happiness and joy to all my readers, friends and colleagues in the blogosphere...health, happiness and the gifts of family and friends close at hand.  In a precarious world, peace and comfort to so many less fortunate than I....I pray for old fashioned virtues and beliefs that I had growing up, faith, honesty, and love, to strengthen our families and our nations...Merry Christmas and the very best wishes for 2016!

N.xo

Nourishing...

I never cease to be amazed at the redemptive power of the art of gardening...truly an art, I believe which is never mastered.   

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As the iconic designer stated below....I have finally come to realize myself.. 

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Every year is a new adventure.. Experiencing wonder and heartbreak...after the last two severe winters here in Ontario, Canada, my garden is telling the story... 

 

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The front walkway last summer....the mature, English ivy, which has been growing in the beds for the last thirty years is almost completely brown, but not destroyed...and the tree ivy, shown climbing the tree trunk in the center of the photo, is brown as well...

I haven't taken any pictures of the damage yet, but promise to share as soon as I can...heartbreak.. 

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This lush, mature border of pachysandra has thinned out considerably, and will need to be re plugged with new plants again....heartbreak... 

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The tree ivy last summer... 

But, spending almost everyday last week, in the garden, from early morning to sundown, I am beginning to feel like I am making a difference...I love the connection with the soil and the plants, shrubs and roses..everything will be right again...I will bring them back....

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The first bloom of the Japanese peony, and budding lilacs have made their way indoors....sharing a vintage silver jug, with foraged branches of tulip tree and wisteria vine...

 

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White bleeding heart, echo my sentiments this Spring... 

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In a few weeks, the first of my garden workshops will take place... Even in it's fragility and imperfection, Nature offers beauty and nourishment to our souls and lives. I must remember to accept the garden as it is.....some years breathtaking and some years restoring itself....always teaching me....patience and above all, humility. 

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N.xo