Archive for February, 2009

Staring into my dendrobium orchid, I immediately feel at ease.  Flowers always have a way of doing that to me.  What can I say?  I love them.  They can make me calm in the midst of a storm.  I can be in the middle of a hurricane and I take one look at that flower, and peace just comes my way.  Which is just one of the reasons why I have a sick passion for orchids. 

I am constantly buying orchids.  I am constantly buying plants.  Am I a plant fanatic?  Yes!!!  I freaking LOVE them!!  There is something amazing about orchids.  I have always been obsessed with them.  I dream of having an orchid nursery one day, a huge greenhouse full of orchids. I dream of the smell of the greenhouse, that earthy soil smell, the humid air, the flowers dancing from the breeze of the fans.  That greenhouse smell is one of a kind.  I will have this one day.  I know I will.  It is my destiny. 

One of the most beautiful things in this world are orchids.  There are so many species, so many cultivars.  Their diversity is certainly one to appreciate.  There are chocolate orchids, terrestrial orchids, epiphytic orchids (grow on tree branches and bark of trees-very cool stuff indeed), native orchids, dendrobiums, paphiopedilums, cattleyas-the most amazingly fragrant of all orchids, miltonias, phalaenopsis, and the list could really go on and on. 

I have an amazing appreciation for every orchid out there, especially the ones that are difficult to get to re-bloom.  Some require certain temperatures and exact environmental conditions.  Some of these orchids are tropical or native orchids.  These types can only re-bloom in greenhouses under certain conditions.  But there are species which you can get to re-bloom in your own home. 

This leads me to the second reason I have this sick passion for orchids.  Getting them to re-bloom can be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences EVER.   Phalaenopsis are probably one of the easiest to re-bloom indoors.  Usually, it can take up to a year to get a new flower spike after the orchid has already flowered.  Most people never have the patience to wait and end up throwing them away, which actually makes me sad.  Please people, if you are going to throw away an orchid, please, call me.  I will save it!!!  I have actually thought of starting a business that recycles orchids that people throw away.  That would be a viable business idea.  Perhaps I will embark on that adventure in the future.  So many plants to save, so little time!! 

My passion for orchids runs deep.  Orchids have always intrigued me, wrapped around my mind, embraced my spirit.  They have taught me patience.  My passion for orchids exists now.  My dream of having a greenhouse filled with orchids will come to fruition.  I see it in my future.  I dream of it today, as I stare at my orchid.  I dream of it as I smell its’ sweet fragrance.  I dream of it as I close my eyes and awaken to my passion, the passion which lies inside my heart, my head….


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Creation comes from within the mind.  My garden is the beginning of something good, something real, something amazing.   It will be created by me, with all of my little horticultral brain cells running rampant in my mind.  Brainstorming sessions have begun.  My sketching pencils have touched the paper.  Creative mind be free, no limits, no fears….

Clematis and pink climbing rose will grow up the railing of the deck.  I definitely need some peonies for they are one of my most cherished flower.  They remind me of my mother when she was young, beautiful and healthy.  You see, for me, flowers carry memories, they carry time.  They mean something to me.  Perhaps this is how I connected with the world of plants at a very young age.  I used to pick black-eyed susans with my grandmother when I was a child.  I remember admiring those linear yellow petals with the brown eye.  I remember being intrigued by the small grains of pollen.  I remember the bees, the sunshine and the wind in my hair as I touched the flower.  To this very day, 20 years later, I am still intrigued. 

The future rock garden in front of my deck will be mottled with boulders, sedums, creeping thyme, pulsatilla, and small rock garden plants.  There is something special about a rock garden, that coarse texture of the rock against the smoothness of the vegetation. The Yin and the Yang. 

And of course, I need an herb garden.  Rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil.  The four herbs I cannot live without.  There is nothing like the freshness of an herb, especially when using for cooking.  Sprinkle some rosemary on a roasted chicken  and it is so yummy.  Make some pesto sauce with basil. I do this every year.  I always seem to have SO MUCH basil at the end of the season.  So, I always make a nice pesto sauce.  Yum.  Yum. 

Garden ideas.  They come to me in the morning when I awake.  They come to me during my daydreaming sessions in the late afternoon.  They come to me at night.  My mind is always thinking and creating.  My mind is always connecting the creative dots.  My horticultural brain cells are always moving. If you are a passionate gardener/designer, you will know exactly how I feel.

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A Love Dream

A love dream…


I dream of love swimming in the ocean

Twisting round my heart, my head

The waves crashing

Blue is my heart

Cloudy is my head


I dream of love walking in the forest

Twisting round my heart, my head

The branches cracking

Green is my heart

Foggy is my head


I dream of love dancing on the sand

Swirling round my heart, my head

The particles flying

Warm is my heart

Clear is my head….



Copyright.  2009.  Michelle Madonna




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Nature Clears the Mind…

I  went for a hike today to clear the mind.  You see sometimes in life, your mind gets all crazy on you.  You start questioning everything. Your past, your present, your future.  You try and make sense of things that just do not make sense. Life can be so hectic and sometimes it is difficult to see your way through.  During these times, I find myself searching for something, searching for something to connect to, searching for something to make me feel okay again.  My walk today helped clear my mind, something that was well needed. 

Walking through the woods by my home, I saw the first signs of spring.  The small growth of daffodils peeping their sprouts through winter snow.  I thought of the first growth of spring and it calmed my mind.  The sound of my footsteps crunching on the snow, the sound of melting ice, the sound of the woods and the low chirping of the birds.  These sounds penetrated my mind, thus calming it deeply.  Stomping through, I walked faster and faster and felt like I needed to run. I wanted to run until all of my worries dissapated into the winter air.  I wanted to throw away all of my fears.  I wanted to clear my mind again. I wanted to let it all go.  And I did. 

I ran through the woods until I reached Coindre Hall, a dog park near my home.  I ran until I saw the blue of the harbor in the distance.  I am so connected to the water, to nature, to being outdoors.  I need this in my life. It is a deep part of who I am.  It is how I cope with difficulties.  I take one look at that water and everything just seems to make sense again.  My worries about money disappear, my worries about finding someone to love me dissapear, my worries about my job dissapear.  My mind tends to worry a lot.  And at times I feel it will never stop.  But once again, I take one look at the harbor and my life seems pure again. It makes sense again.  We all need this. We need to connect to something.  And for me, it is nature. 

You see, as humans we need to connect with nature to help us through life.  Because nature is so beautiful and simple, it makes me want to be simple again. It helps me appreciate the good parts of my life, the simple things.  I am healthy.  I am alive.  I am present.   Under stress, we quickly forget the things in life that are beautiful, simple.  The kiss of another, the love of another, the amazing things in life.  When we stress, we sometimes forget who we are. We question ourselves, the way we live, the way we move. 

Nature clears the mind, the soul.  When stress overcomes you, take a hike in the woods, walk to the water, breathe the fresh air we have.  Realize that life is not about worries, money, jobs.  Life is about living, breathing, caring, loving, appreciating what we have.  If we focus on the positive things in our lives, the laws of attraction will bring us positive things.  Read The Secret….watch The Secret.   I highly believe in this. 

So next time your mind starts going crazy on you, lean towards nature to make it whole again………nature, the place which can set you free again….

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