Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Speaking of sacred spaces...

Speaking of sacred spaces, work has been more challenging than usual. I found myself looking for a centering influence, and with a little time and thought, came up with this carefully placed rock garden

Here are the stones my garden contains, with the healing properties that apply to my workplace:

Blue Howlite
• Absorbs own anger and any directed at you
• Facilitates calm and reasoned communication

• Helps relieve emotional and spiritual isolation and allows feeling connected with all that is

Dalmatian Jasper, Dalmatian Stone, Aplite
• beneficial for mood elevation, balance, and nerves
• said to sound a warning when danger is near
• grounding and centering
• harmonizes emotion, maintains composure, helps avoid overanalysis
• helps move forward while planning potential actions with care and reflection
• stimulates sense of fun, transmutes negativity and outgrown patterns

Black Tourmaline
• Balances right and left brain hemispheres
• Promotes self-confidence and positive attitude
• Helps dispel toxic emotions such as negative thought patterns, worry, guilt, judgment, anger, and fear
• Cleanses energy field, especially in meditation
• Protects against all types of negativity
• Gain insight into how past affects present
• Protects against curses, psychic attacks, and ill-wishing

Moss Agate
• Peaceful temperament
• Helps one find and adhere to one’s higher purpose
• Releases negative karma
• Self-esteem
• Useful in meditation to magnify one’s goals

• insight, penetrates paradox and contradiction in order
• helps analysis, intuition, observation, and creativity
• facilitates self-disciple, organization, efficiency, and structure in research and mental pursuits
• insight into self
• beneficial for self-esteem, memory, rational thought, objectivity, intuitive perception,defensiveness and oversensitivity

Monday, April 9, 2012

Garden Reawakening 2012

 Garden porn:

The potting table is busy. See that little blue bag on the table? That was my Easter basket. :)

Tomatoes and pepper wait to be planted. In the other pots are an assortment of herbs - Thai basil, rosemary, and cilantro.

Finishing up the last section of tilling in the vegetable garden.

The lettuce has really taken off ! 

You wouldn't believe what this cheap electric garden tiller is capable of doing! My favorite garden tool, hands down.

Time to transplant the sweet pea...

Blue spruce and Veronica Blue in Balthasar's garden. I'll be adding Munstead lavender soon. The pots are waiting for impatiens.

Potted ranunculus and my quatrefoil stepping stone.
Lobilia and artillery fern in the stone planters out front.

The shady sides of the house are filled with hostas and vinca.

Lily of the Valley is beginning to bloom around the porch.
Hard to see on camera with that silly fence, but there are 4 climbing roses and this rose bush around the gardens. Also not pictured: pyracantha, boxwood, hydrangea, and lilac.

Other decorative, meaningful elements:

moss agate

Ranunculus with Kelly's birthday traveling gnome
Kelly's Easter pinwheel

I'm waiting to plant nine Pencil Point Junipers along the fence, Irish Moss along the other fence, Impatiens in several pots around the yard, and Munstead Lavender in Balthasar's garden. Once those arrive, the Garden will be complete. It will be lovely in a month or so!

Thanks to my love for traipsing around the garden with her camera. She suggested that we should take pictures every Saturday to document the awakening. What a great motivation to keep up on weeding. Here's hoping!